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microwave whole lobster

How to Microwave Lobster: Yes it really works in a pinch!

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You might be wondering to yourself, just because you can microwave lobster, should you? Much to the surprise of even those of us at LobsterAnywhere, the answer is a resounding “YES!”. Long before there was the Instant Pot and air fryer, people were utilizing the speed, efficiency, and convenience of the microwave.

  • Total Time: 12
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1/2 lemon per lobster (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of water per each bag/container, or rockweed if it’s available
    • You can replace the water with your favorite white wine such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc.
    • Beer also works well adding flavor and creating steam. We recommend using an ale, lager, or pilsner.
  • Toss in your favorite aromatics if desired. Fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or tarragon would work as well as bay leaves.


1. Put Whole Lobster in the Bag

For whole lobsters, spear the halved lemon onto the rostrum (beak-like structure that looks like a nose), or place in the bag with the lobster. For tails, split in half or cut shell down the center and pull meat onto the top of the shell. Add 1/4 cup of water or rockweed into your bag/container and close. Lobster Steamed Microwave

2. Cook your lobster at the highest setting. Zap!

Cook your lobster at the highest setting. Cooking times will vary slightly according to your microwave model; usually 2-4 minutes

3. Open the bag, watch for steam!

Be careful when removing the bag/container from the microwave and opening it as steam will be escaping. Because of the steamy environment and the lobster’s own thick shell, it will continue to cook once removed. Steamed Lobster Microwave

4. Check the Temperature

We recommend using an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your lobster. Insert it into the underside of the lobster at the tail, closest to the body. It should be between 135-140 degrees or until flesh is opaque throughout.

5. Get Cracking with Whole Lobsters

Allow your lobster to cool enough to handle. Then have fun cracking it open! Tails just need enough time to cool off before extracting the meat.

6. Accoutrements

Serve your microwaved masterpiece with your favorite accompaniments such as melted butter and lemon wedges. Here are more lobster side dishes ideas.


If you do not have an instant read thermometer you can do the antenna check when using whole lobster. Simply give one of the antennae a tug. If it easily releases, it’s done!

  • Author: Lobster Loue
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 1000
  • Fat: 20

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