Tips for Properly Storing Live Lobster Overnight

Lobster is a delicate seafood that requires special care when storing it overnight. Whether you are planning a lobster feast for tomorrow’s dinner or caught some fresh lobsters during your fishing trip, proper storage is key to preserving the quality and flavor of this delicious crustacean. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of how to store live lobster overnight.

Preparing Your Live Lobsters

Before you can store your live lobsters, you need to prepare them properly. If your lobsters have been out of water for more than an hour, they may be weak and dehydrated. It’s essential to rejuvenate them before putting them in cold storage.

Rejuvenating Your Live Lobster

To refresh your live lobster:

1) Fill a large bowl with seawater or salted tap water (add about 1/4 cup of kosher salt per quart).

2) Immerse each lobster in the water and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.

3) Remove from the water and pat dry with paper towels.

Your lobsters should now be lively and ready for refrigeration!

Storing Your Live Lobster Overnight

Now that your live lobsters are refreshed let’s discuss how to store them overnight successfully.

The Right Container

Choose an air-tight container like a cooler with tight-fitting lids so that there is no space left around the lobster inside the container; therefore any moisture won’t escape quickly.

If not storing immediately after purchase but waiting until later then place ice packs wrapped in newspaper at bottom as well as on sides if possible because it helps keep everything cool while also absorbing excess moisture too!

The Ideal Temperature Range

Live lobsters should be kept between 32°F and 40°F (0°C to 4°C) during storage. Anything below or above this range may cause the lobster’s meat to spoil quickly. The temperature at which lobsters are stored is essential in ensuring their fresh taste isn’t lost.

Wrapping Your Lobster

Wrap each lobster individually with a damp paper towel or seaweed before placing them in your cooler or container.

Absorbing Excess Moisture

A simple trick that can help absorb any excess moisture left in your container is by putting crumpled newspaper between lobsters, which will keep everything drier for longer!


Storing live lobsters overnight requires careful attention to detail. Proper rejuvenation and storage conditions can extend their shelf life without compromising on quality. Follow our guide on how-to-store-live-lobster-overnight, and enjoy fresh-tasting lobster every time!

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