Lobster of any kind is really about freshness, especially when you buy live Maine lobsters shipped to your house. When you go to all that trouble, it HAS to be fresh. When you buy lobster online, you’ll also be able to explore your culinary side and/or impress guests with the same fine-dining experience they would get at seafood restaurants. Claws, tail, knuckles, and body, live lobster has something to offer everyone. Below are some of the best and cheapest live Maine lobster delivery companies in the country and their various pricing options for different sizes of lobster, plus lobster tails and meat.

Below all of the comparison grids, we go through the entire process from receiving shipment, how to cook, lobster recipes, beer and wine pairings, how to dispose of the carcasses and shells, and a few other tid bits to help make this a great dining experience.

 

Live Maine Lobster Delivery

Live 1.25lb Maine Lobsters

Company Min. Order Price/Lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Company Rating Go To
Fulton Fish Market 2 $34.99 $139.96  4.4
Lobster Anywhere 1 $38.95 $199.80 5.0
Get Maine Lobster 2 $41.25 $164.99 4.6
Lobster Gram 2 $36.50 $146.00 4.3

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1.5lb Live Maine Lobsters Shipped

Company Min. Order Price/Lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Company Rating Go To
Lobster Anywhere 1 $44.95 $225.80 5.0
Get Maine Lobster 2 $65.00 $199.99 4.6
Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op 2 $67.50 $269.98 4.6

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2.0lb Live Maine Lobster Delivery

Company Min. Order Price/Lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Company Rating Go To
Fulton Fish Market 2 $59.99 $239.96  4.4
Lobster Anywhere 1 $68.95 $331.80 5.0

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Fresh 3.0lb Maines Lobsters Shipped

Company Min. Order Price/Lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Company Rating Go To
Lobster Anywhere 1 $88.95 $404.57 5.0

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Live Jumbo Maine Lobsters (5.5+ lbs)

Company Min. Order Price/Lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Company Rating Go To
Lobster Trap Company 1 $110.00 $440.00 5

These prices do not include shipping. Price per pound based on minimum order. Discounts may be available.

** Price for 4 lobsters INCLUDES shipping based on a standardized location. Exact costs may vary.

***Note About Shipping

What we have done in the shipping columns is to go through the shopping carts at each company and try to get down to how little you can order and how much that will cost. We’re basically trying to find the minimum amount it will cost to have their live Maine lobsters shipped. However, the costs also vary by distance away from Maine. The farther you are, the more costly to reach you. Also the more you order (i.e. the more weight to ship), the higher the cost of shipping. So there are some dynamics involved in shipping that we just can’t know without knowing how much you are ordering and where it is being delivered to, and even then: as some Saturday/Sunday deliveries carry even higher costs. What we tried to do with shipping was create an expectation of minimum costs for when you buy lobster online. The shipping costs are unlikely to be accurate for any particular lobster order. Best we can do today.

 

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Our Favorite Maine Lobster Delivery Companies

Fulton Fish Market – Live Lobster from $34.99 Each

Fulton Fish Market is a one-stop shop for all things fish. They offer dozens of types of seafood, including a few lobster offerings. Customer have their choice of live lobsters, tails, and meat.

 

Global Seafoods – Lobster Tails from $52/Lb

Global Seafoods is a large and reliable seafood company with an extraordinarily user-friendly checkout process. While they don’t sell live Maine lobster delivery, they offer lobster tails in several sizes.

 

Get Maine Lobster – Live Lobster from $28.99 Each

Get Maine Lobster is among the nation’s best at bringing live lobster to your doorstep. Their lobsters are caught by Maine fishers who care about the sustainability of the industry. They offer live lobster, meat, and tails.

The Crab Place – Lobster Tails from $22.50 Each

The Crab Place is good with all things shellfish – from lobsters and crabs to clams and scallops. They have a low lobster tail order minimum. This makes them a good option for first-time lobster eaters.

 

What Size Lobster to Buy?

When deciding what size lobster to buy, there are three main things to think about: appetite, flavor, and sides.

Just taking appetite into consideration, for normal sized adults, a 1.5 pound lobster is not enough food in one meal. In fact, it will likely only yield 5-6oz of meat. That amount can be plenty for a steak, but lobster digests easier. If you have larger people or purely bigger appetites, then you’ll want to venture to 2 pounders and above. There are always those people who love to brag about how big of a lobster they can eat, plus there’s hardly a table in this world that will allow lobster to go to waste, so it is always better to order bigger and offer a challenge, than to go small and disappoint.

Smaller lobsters have a sweeter flavor, so the chix or 1.25 pound lobsters are coveted by those who know their lobster, as they are universally considered to taste better than their bigger brothers and sisters. If natural flavor is your primary driver, go with the smallest lobster you can manage. If you are someone who likes to dunk every bite into clarified butter, then you can likely go bigger, as the butter will cover much of the flavor of the meat. And if you plan on cooking your lobsters with a kind of recipe or rub or the like, then get whatever size is going to fill you up, from the previous paragraph.

What sides you have with your lobster, might determine a lot about the size you need. If it is just standard corn or slaw and the like, go big we say. If you are having something more substantial, then you might drop down the size of each by a quarter or half pound.

Also, don’t forget wine and beer. If you are planning to drink a lot before and with dinner, that takes up space in your belly. And if you are having some kind of starch, it’s going to expand and they’ll be even less room in there for lobster.

So consider the whole picture, who’s coming, how much they can eat, what you are having with the main course, what you are drinking, and what flavors are most important. If you can manage all of that lobster calculus, you’ll know exactly what size live Maine lobsters to order.

 

What to Expect With Maine Lobster Delivery (And Receiving) 

If you want your Maine lobster delivery to arrive alive, it takes a little doing. Much of that responsibility lays on the side of the lobster company, some of it on the shipping service, some of it on you. We’ll briefly walk through the process (click the link above if you want to read more), but then we’ll cover your responsibility.

Whatever lobster company you choose will pull your lobsters right out of the water, pack them in various ice packs and dry ice, inside of a Styrofoam container that fits in a cardboard box and ship it, usually via UPS. UPS does the work of any package that is priority and also knows from the packaging and the shipper that the package needs to stay cold or at least cool.

Shipping live Maine lobsters will typically require two days, but sometimes overnight if you have selected this option. Live lobsters can usually stay alive, when chilled, for 24-36 hours, so the clock is ticking. You’ll get the standard pings and alerts as to when your package will be arriving, which should give you plenty of lead time to get prepared. Best case, you are there to receive your package as it arrives, but if not, make sure someone can grab the package for you and move it into a cool space.

 

Storing & Prepping Live Lobster Before the Meal

Once you have the live lobsters in your possession, keep them in a cool place until ready to cook, if not continue to chill, but don’t pack them in ice as freshwater will kill the lobster. Wrap them in seaweed or a cool towel soaked in saltwater. This might mean you need to clear space in your fridge or freezer or a cooler.

The lobsters will be sluggish from the cold, but unlikely to be dead. However, read this article about what to do if your lobster is dead. Keep them cool or around 40 degrees until just before cooking. Then you’ll want to put them in the freezer for a few minutes before they hit the pot.

 

Do You Have a Big Enough Pot to Cook Lobster?

Maine Lobsters are typically 10-20 inches long, so the standard 4-quart stock pot is unlikely to get the job done if you have four or more lobsters to boil or if they happen to be pretty big lobsters. We think it’s best to refer to the pros and consult the Maine Lobster Festival, and they advise having a monster, 19-20-quart stock pot on hand. We don’t have a recommendation for material or brand or style. Just get one that is definitely bigger than the lobsters so that there’s room for the water.

How to Cook Live Maine Lobster

Lobster Anywhere is a partner of ours and has probably the most comprehensive guide on how to cook lobster of any we have found on the web. But then here’s a video that is longer than is should be, but does the trick.

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Lobster Recipes

This could go forever and you can search google for what you’re looking for better than we can, so here we are just trying to provide collectives of top lobster recipes from renown recipe and cooking sites. This will save you a few minutes, but not much more. These are for cooking with meat or tails, but the breadth of these will show you what is possible out there if you get a little creative. From lobster rolls to bisque to quesadillas, ravioli, beignets, lobster mac and cheese, to pot pies and pizzas. Off you go.

 

Best Side Dishes to have with Live Lobster

The links below are roundups of their favorites, but to cut to the chase and offer some general relationships and advice. You will typically see potatoes, cole slaw, corn, salads, heavy vegetables like carrots and asparagus, rolls/biscuits, and pasta. Cuisine has changed a lot in the past 10-15 years and people are itching to break out of old lobster molds, so you will find other things on these roundups that aren’t your standard fare. Do what feels right for your gathering.

A word of caution. When we have lobster, we are all about the lobster. In fact, if it weren’t some weird rule that you have to have multiple dishes at dinner, we would just eat the lobster and nothing else. If you are like us or even a little like us, consider leaning toward lighter sides that can break up the heaviness of lobster, such as crisp salads and light vegetables, so you can save as much room for lobster as the law allows.

 

Beer & Wine that Pairs Well with Lobster

For Wine…There probably aren’t any surprises here, the broad pairings will mainly be dry, sharp white wines, such as reislings or chenin blancs, as well as others. We will leave the specific wine varietals to the pros.

For Beer…With beer you are going to find a lot of lagers and farmhouse ales, but you know beer people. They like to flex their muscles every chance they get, so don’t be surprised to find stouts and doublebocks lining these posts.

Start your own quest to find beer that pairs well with lobster.

 

How to Dispose of Lobster Shells

There’s no easy way to play this if you are looking to keep the dinner fancy. Lobster can be messy business with water leaking out of the shell as you are cracking it open. Something we often tell people is to have a bowl in the middle of the table or smaller bowls at everyone’s side, and toss the shell pieces in there. If you’re the host, anytime you get up from the table, empty the bowls.

If you are eating outside or more family/casual style, you can have paper sacks at the side and or cover the table in paper like a crawfish boil and just roll it up when done.

The smartest way to keep the shells and guts and general lobster smell from invading the house is to quickly get these pieces into a plastic sack and close it tight. Then double bag it and get it outside—not in the garage. If you place it in the garage, it will just smell up the garage. Put it in a trash can outside with a lid so that it doesn’t attract animals.

Finally, light some candles and open windows if weather permits. You are likely nose-deaf after eating it all night. There is likely a smell, whether you can sense it or not.

 

When to Have Lobster Tails Instead of Whole Lobster?

This is a question we often receive, but it’s not an if this then that answer. Totally depends on the event, the people, the wine, the vibe, etc. But so that you don’t leave empty-handed, we’ll talk a bit about some of the standard ways that we might think of this. First, some comparisons for tail sizes and costs.

 

4-6 ounce Small Maine Lobster Tails

Company Min. Order Price/Tail* Price/4 Tails** Company Rating Go To
The Crab Place 2 $24.46 $123.84 4.7
Get Maine Lobster 4 $27.25 $109.99 4.6
Fulton Fish Market (from CAN) 2 SOLD OUT N/A  4.4
Lobster Anywhere 1 SOLD OUT N/A 5.0
Global Seafoods 5 lbs (16-20 tails) $10.55 $206.20 4.6

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6-9 Ounce Medium Maine Lobster Tails

Company Min. Order Price/Tail* Price/4 Tails** Company Rating Go To
The Crab Place 2 $24.46 $133.86 4.7
Get Maine Lobster 4 $36.25 $144.99 4.6
Lobster Anywhere 4 $29.99 $155.80 5.0
Fulton Fish Market 2 $31.20 $191.80  4.4

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10-12 Ounce Large Maine Lobster Tails

Company Min. Order Price/Tail* Price/4 Tails** Company Rating Go To
The Crab Place 2 $35.20 $155.09 4.7
Graffam Lobster 1 $31.20 $181.25 4.6

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12-14 Ounce Jumbo Maine Lobster Tails

Company Min. Order Price/Tail* Price/4 Tails** Company Rating Go To
The Crab Place 2 $46.54 $173.05 4.7
Fulton Fish Market (from CAN) 2 $66.00 $264.00  4.4
Cameron’s Seafood 1 $79.99 $349.95 5.0

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Lobster Tail FAQ

Lobsters tails have the most meat of any part of the lobster, making them more satisfying and cheaper to ship (per pound of meat) across the country. For the most part, you can tell whether you’ll be a fan of lobster tails based on your experience eating a whole lobster: If you like to cherish, the sweetest and most tender meat that exists in the claws and knuckles, then you may be disappointed by the slightly tougher texture of the tail. If you’re frustrated by cracking open the hard lobster shell for just a couple small bites of meat, then you’ll likely find that tails are the best way to enjoy your lobster.

Rock lobsters (also known as spiny lobsters) have no claws, meaning most of the lobster meat is in the tail, anyway. However, the meat from these warm-water lobsters is tougher and blander than the meat from cold-water New England lobsters. There is also a hybrid category of cold-water rock lobster that is harvested from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. These varieties are generally perceived to be better than warm-water lobsters but not as good as Maine lobsters.

Lobster tails aren’t as much work or as much mess. Some people (you know the ones) don’t like to get their hands dirty and just want to use a fork. In this case, tails make a lot of sense.

Lobster tails are also less meat, without the claws, so if you are aiming for surf and turf, a filet and a tail is pretty perfect. Plus, your steak isn’t getting cold while you are working on the lobster shell.

Lobster tails are also more predictable. With a 1.5 pound lobster, you don’t get 1.5 pounds of meat. However, with a 6oz tail, you get pretty much what you are buying.

Lobster tails can be found anywhere from 3oz to 20oz, so it can be pretty easy to tailor tail size for everyone at the table, which is harder to do when cooking live lobster.

 

How to Cook Lobster Tails

Lobster tails have way more options for cooking, which brings in tons more recipes, if you are interested in adding some flavor. Here are a few, but you can find more on the tails page.

All in all, we find lobster tails to be more versatile and can fit to be a part of a dish or the main star, whereas live lobster is the showstopper than everything else is built around. Finally, because lobster tails come frozen, you can order more than just the one meal and save them for a little later. But a live Maine lobster shipped to your door demands the pot as soon as it’s in the house.

Check out our lobster tails page and be sure to glance below at some of our comparison grids on fresh Maine lobster tails.

 

When to Buy Lobster Meat

In New England and the northeast United States, lobster meat is mainly used for lobster rolls. Of course, you can do anything you want to with it, such as lobster bisque, lobster ravioli, to name a couple. However, the primary reason that most people purchase lobster meat instead of tails or whole live lobster is to make lobster rolls.

Lobster meat will come frozen and in knuckle-sized chunks, just as it would appear in lobster rolls. These chunks are often a bit too big to fit into ravioli and often even bisque, so it is common to either chop these lobster chunks down into smaller pieces or to pulse them in the Cuisinart a few times to achieve the same result.

If you are on the hunt for fresh Maine lobster meat, either use that link or check out the lobster meat prices in the grid below.

 

Fresh Maine Lobster Meat

Company Price/lb Min. Cost Reviews Rating Website
Lobster Anywhere $64.00 $64.00 3583 5.0 website
Wulf’s Fish $57.00 $112.00 764 4.4 website
Fulton Fish Market $58.89 (CAN) $117.78 603 4.4 website
Cameron’s Seafood $87.99 $175.99 100 5.0 website

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More Resources for Buying Live Maine Lobster Delivery

Map of Lobster Fisheries

This is a non-comprehensive map of lobster fisheries in Maine.

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