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Pubnico Heritage Recipe: Fisherman Steamed Lobster

Pubnico Heritage Recipe: Fisherman Steamed Lobster

Lobster fishermen in Pubnico steam lobster to maintain its delicate flavour and texture; Réal d'Entremont shares this local heritage recipe from the Acadian Fishermen of Pubnico and the Nova Scotian South Shore Lobster Fishermen.
Course Main
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 2
Author Réal d'Entremont


  • salt and water or Atlantic Ocean water: enough salt to cover the bottom of the pan , and enough water to go up 1 to 11/2 inches up the side of the pan
  • whole know-your-fisherman lobster


  • melted butter
  • mayonnaise
  • white bread


  1. Place the salt in a pot large enough to hold the amount of lobster you are steaming
  2. Add the lobster
  3. Cover bottom of pan with 1 to 11/2 inches of water OR
  4. Add the lobster and cover bottom of pan with 1 to 11/2 inches of Atlantic Ocean salt water
  5. Place the lid on the pan; turn heat to medium high
  6. As soon as the water starts to boil, time the steaming of the lobster; 9 minutes if one lobster, or until the tomalley has set

Check to see if the tomalley is set by prying up the body of the shell, just above the tail, and peaking in

  1. Serve with lots of napkins, the accompaniments and one small knife per person (unless you have one shucker amongst you who will do them all.)

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for 2 whole lobsters.