If you’re in the market to buy live Maine lobster, you’re probably struggling to find a reputable seller. We’ll make your life a little easier. The companies featured below have been vetted for quality and ease of purchase. The prices reflect the 1.5-pound lobster category, but for those looking for larger crustaceans, we recommend checking out our full live lobster directory.
Fresh 1.5lb Maine Lobsters
|Most Popular Size
|Average $/Lobster Dinner*
|Highest Customer Ratings
|Best for Sustainability
|Best for Lobster Tails
|Fulton Fish Market
|Best for Lobster Meat
|Most Frequent Discounts
|Get Maine Lobster
|Best Website Experience
|Winter Harbor Lobster Co-Op
|Best for Smaller Lobsters
|Sanders Lobster Company
How Does Lobster Delivery Work?
We’ve been researching how Maine lobster is shipped for a while now, and we always stumble across the same question: “Can I really buy live Maine lobster and have it shipped to my home?” The answer here is a resounding “yes.” Fish and seafood companies on the east coast have been shipping lobster across the country for years. In fact, they do it so much that many have the process down to a science.
When it comes to shipping lobster, most logistical challenges are solved by proper timing. Those who buy live Maine lobster are often asked for their preferred delivery date. This allows a company to set an appropriate timeline to get lobster from their fishing grounds to your door. However, regardless of which date you select, the company will always overnight the crustaceans to you.
The key to live seafood delivery is for the lobster to spend as little time in transit as possible. Even if you buy live Maine lobster on a Monday and want it delivered Friday, the company will ship your purchase on Thursday morning. The less time spent traveling, the fresher your lobster will be – and the fewer opportunities for something to go wrong.
What to Do Before You Buy Live Maine Lobster
If you’re new to buying lobster online, you might not know how to prepare. The most important step is to understand how much lobster to buy. Hosting a party? An intimate dinner for two? A block-wide lobster bake? Each of these situations will necessitate a different lobster purchase. Once you figure out how much lobster you need – and how many pounds you need to order – you can proceed to finding your ideal lobster company.
Lobster companies are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re created equal. If you’re not sure where to buy, check out our directory. The companies featured in these price grids sell high-quality products. Plus, the grid layout allows customers to compare costs, which is important when making such a pricey purchase.
Once you’ve decided on your lobster order and where to buy, make sure you have the materials necessary to cook your food. Live lobster should be cooked soon after delivery, so you won’t likely have time to run to the store to grab an item. We suggest making sure you have the following cooking utensils and ingredients.
- A stock pot large enough to cook the lobster
- Metal tongs
- A heat-proof surface, like a cutting board
- Lots (and lots) of butter
Once you have these items, you’ll be ready to go.
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