What Is The Best Size Of Live Maine Lobster To Eat?


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David Gill answered
This is not as daft as question as someone might first think. No doubt some answers will say something like "get whatever size you want, it is entirely up to you" or a slightly more helpful sounding "it depends on how many people you plan to feed" but the fact is both the answers miss the point entirely. The ideal size for a lobster to buy is one that weighs between 1lb to 1 ¼lbs, and I will explain why below.

  • Does size matter?
I know a lot of people will claim size does not matter - but they're lying! In a lot of circumstances and especially when it comes to buying lobster. The size of a lobster will more often than not indicate its age and this will have a significant effect on the meat you eat.

Lobster meat is sweeter the younger the lobster, young lobsters are also much more tender than their older counterparts, although on the downside the smaller and younger they are the less meat they will contain.

  • The meat of the problem
In general a small lobster, that is a lobster that weighs between 1lb - 1 ¼lbs, will provide about 1 ⅓ cups of meat, which would be enough to feed one person. This may stretch even further if using it as an ingredient in a dish such as a bouillabaisse as opposed to the lobster being the dish itself.

So what is the best size lobster to eat when providing for a family? Well the advice remains the same; buy smaller and younger. If the additional work and preparation isn't a problem then buying two 1lb sized lobsters would be preferable to buying one lobster weighing 2 lbs, as a 2lb lobster could be as much as 10 years old.

Shipping isn't a problem because most if not all suppliers charge by the pound, and if you shop around some even offer free shipping. Click on this link for a list of suppliers
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Anonymous answered
You can buy any size you want. The smallest ones are about 1-1/2 lbs. A good medium size lobster is 2- 2 1/2 lbs.

The meat of larger lobsters than these becomes tough.

I would suggest you 2-2 1/2 pound lobster.

Check these sites out for more suitable lobster size to buy.

Www.novascotialobsters.com www.mainelobsterdirect.com
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Anonymous answered
Doesn't matter how big a lobster it is, just how much butter you put on it!

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