Update: The pricing on this page was last updated on 12/8/2020

Three-pound lobsters will look impressive and satisfy even the most ravenous guests but are shunned by most people who consider themselves to be lobster aficionados. There’s an honest debate about how much less sweet and tender oversized lobster meat actually is. Often, the problem isn’t so much the lobster meat itself but the cooking process. Most people find it difficult-to-impossible to cook lobsters of this size all the way through without overcooking the outermost layer of meat. Nevertheless, if you have a preferred cooking method and are in the mood for a full lobster meal, these lobsters may be the right choice.

3 lb Live Lobster Prices

Company Min. Order Price/lobster* Price/4 Lobsters** Shipping Go To
The Crab Place 2 $69.97 $366.85 $86.95
McLaughlin Seafood 1 $65.00 $325.00 $65.00
Cape Porpoise Lobster Company 2 $83.68 $334.72 FREE
Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op 2 $77.49 $309.98 FREE
Lucky Catch Lobster 2 $79.50 $279.00 FREE
Graffam Bros Lobster 1 $45.00 $251.78 $71.78
James Hook Lobster Company 2 $45.00 $299.87 $119.99
The Fresh Lobster Company 1 $61.00 $340.17 $96.17
Crazy Lobster Shellfish 1 $59.00 $236.00 FREE
The Lobster Guy 1 $44.00 $295.20 $80.21

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These prices do not include shipping except when noted otherwise.

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

More Tips for 3 lb Live Lobsters

As you can see, the relatively limited supply of 3-pound lobsters means you’ll have to pay something of a premium for this size lobster. For cooking, an 8-quart pot isn’t going to work. We recommend a 20-quart pot at least, and unless you’re cooking with an oversized pot, you won’t be able to cook more than two at a time. Since these lobsters need about 13-15 minutes to cook, this makes it tricky to cook and serve all the lobster within a reasonable timeframe especially if you’re hosting more than a couple friends.

To overcome this problem, some people will “blanche” their lobsters beforehand. This involves cooking the lobster for about half the total time, which will leave the lobster a whitish color. You can then finish cooking the lobster at the scheduled time. This blanche cooking method is also a great way to preserve the taste of fresh lobster if you’re unable to cook and eat the lobster within a half-day of it arriving on your doorstep.

3 pound live lobsters should yield about 9.5-10 oz of cooked lobster with the following nutritional information:

275-290 grams, 10 oz

260-275 calories

54-57 grams of protein

180-190 mg of cholesterol

3 grams of fat

Though less common, less popular, and restricted in some fishing waters, there are also oversized 4-6lb lobsters that are mostly for show, require an extra-large turkey cooker, and are all but impossible to cook just right. You might also need a hammer or extra strong tool to crack open the claws.


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