How to Cook Lobster Tails

Lobsters are once considered as food eaten only by people in the lower class, like poor farmers. Nowadays though, it is a special treat. Even if a lot of people prefer to eat the meaty claws, there are many who think that the tail of the lobster is the tastiest part. Preparing lobster tails is not hard to do. You just need a touch of garnish paired with a fantastic side dish to get yourself one impressive meal!

how to cook lobster tails How to Cook Lobster Tails

How to Cook Lobster Tails

Prepare the tails of your lobsters for cooking. The tails need to be thawed first if they are frozen (lobster tails can be cooked frozen but then the meat won’t be so tender when done). You can place them in the refrigerator for about 10 hours or you can set the microwave on defrost. Be very watchful though when you use the microwave for thawing because you might end up cooking your lobster tails when you leave it too long inside.

Take away the meat from the lobster’s shell. To do this, simply cut open the shell’s back, splitting it all the way down its middle. Open the shell up to expose the meat. Take the meat out. The lobster tail’s fan part can be left on for decoration if you want. Take away the vein.

Boiling Lobster Tails

  1. Get a pot and fill it with water. The pot should be large enough where you can see the tails floating in. For every quart of your water, you add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  2. When the water starts boiling, proceed in dropping the tails. Every Oz thawed should be cooked for an average of 1 minute (so, if you have 10 Oz of lobster tails, you need about 10 minutes of cooking time for them). If you have a lot of tails to cook, give an additional minute or two on your total cooking time.
  3. Your boiled lobster tails are now ready. You can top this with melted better for better taste and enjoy!

Oven-Cooking Lobster Tails

  1. Set your oven temperature to 400°F.
  2. Baking time should take about 8-10 minutes. Brush the lobster tails with butter in the process.

Grilling Lobster Tails

  1. Oil your grill to avoid the lobsters from getting stuck to it.
  2. Your grill should be put on medium heat.
  3. Before placing your lobster tails on the grill, brush it first with butter.
  4. You have to make sure not to burn the tails. If your grills have flames, the lobsters must be moved away from it.
  5. Grilling time for each side should take about 4-5 minutes.

More Tips

  • Lobsters become tasteless and rubbery when overcooked. When you see that it’s not transparent anymore, that’s how you’ll know that it’s already cooked.
  • To boil lobster tails, always use a large pot. Always make sure to have enough water where it would still keep on boiling when the tails are placed inside.
  • In eating lobster tails, break off the small flippers found at the base. Open these up. You can find a small amount of meat that you can nibble on while waiting for the rest of the tail to cool. When the heat is already bearable, you can take out the tail meat by pushing it out of the shell using your finger. Start pushing from the tiny end where you previously took the flippers away.
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