Frozen Lobster TailsStoring, Thawing and Cooking
Options For Cooking Lobster Tails At Home
Cooking lobster tails is a fairly simple process. When you buy lobster tails, you can steam them, boil them, grill them, bake them, broil them or even smoke them.
If you aren’t sure which method to use, we strongly recommend boiling your lobster tails because it’s your best bet to avoid the tails sticking to the shell.
Store Your Lobster Tails Properly Until You Are Ready to use them
Although the outer rim of the shell may be beginning to defrost, your tail meat is totally safe and can be stored properly. Once your tails are thawed, do not refreeze your lobster tails at home, the slow freezing process in a conventional freezer will actually break down the cell wall of the raw lobster meat and ruin the texture of your cooked lobster tails. Place your lobster tails in the freezer right away until 24 hours prior to use. Do not store for more than 3 months or your tails may begin to dry out.
Thaw Your Tails Thoroughly To Avoid Meat Sticking to the Shell
If you want to avoid your tails sticking to the shell, thaw your tails 24 hours prior to cooking in a refrigerator inside a leak-proof container. Your tails are defrosting so they will leak fluid. If your tails are frozen and you are planning on cooking them today, that is not a problem. Put your lobster tails in a sealed bag and soak them in cold water for at least 30-60 minutes thawing your tails will be critical because you will have to cut the meat, and you won’t be able to do so if the tails are not thawed all the way.
It is common to have tomalley in the center of the tail. It appears black and sometimes green and sometimes will startle customers. Do not worry. This is a natural part of the lobster tail. It is actually the liver and is totally edible and is considered a delicacy. If you do not desire to eat this it can be rinsed off with water once the lobster is fully cooked.
The most lobster tail meat is white but it is also common to have a slight pink tint to the meat for lobsters that are preparing to shed. Once again, this is a totally natural process and is totally edible. If you want to remove the pink tint, you can rinse most of it off with warm water after you have cooked your tail.
With our easy-to-use lobster tail boiling, grilling and broiling guides below, you’ll find that cooking lobster tails is a rewarding experience the whole family will want to experience again and again
If you aren’t sure which method to use, we strongly recommend boiling frozen lobster tails because this is your best bet to avoid your tails sticking to the shell
How Long To Cook Lobster Tails
Cook times for lobster tails range from 3 minutes to 30 minutes. This will vary based on the method of cooking you choose and the size of the lobster tails you’re cooking. Boiling and steaming are faster processes, whereas baking and grilling take a bit longer. Start with the low range of these recommendations. Overcooking your lobster tails will leave them dry.
How Long To Boil Lobster Tails
Thawed lobster tails will typically take 3-13 minutes to cook when boiled. This varies based on the tail size and quantity.
|TAIL SIZE||COOKING TIME|
|>4 to 6 oz.||5-6 MINUTES|
|6 to 7 oz.||6-8 MINUTES|
|8 to 10 oz.||8-10 MINUTES|
Tips For Preparing the Lobster Tails for Boiling
Preparation is the key to cooking delicious lobster tails. Luckily for you, preparation is simple! To prepare your lobster tails for boiling, thaw them out thoroughly. If you try to cook the lobster while it’s still fully or partially frozen, it will dry out when cooking, rendering it rubbery. Thaw the lobster in a cold water bath or in the ref rigerator overnight.
Another tip for preparing lobster tails is to use a metal or wooden skewer so the lobster tail stays straight while cooking. This isn’t crucial to the recipe, but it will keep your tails from curling as they cook in the lobster pot.
The Best Way to Serve Boiled Lobster Tails
When you cook a lobster tail by boiling, there’s only one real way to serve it — with melted butter! This traditional dipper is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. However, if you feel that melted butter lacks the zazz you’re looking for, there are plenty of other ways you can add it.
One of these ways is by adding some minced garlic into your butter while it melts to add that good garlicky aroma. Or, you can add lemon juice to your melted butter to give it an extra citrusy kick, and then garnish it with some parsley for a better appearance. Better yet, add both to your butter!
If you want to add some seasoning when the lobster is done, have at it! Salt and pepper are time-tested and sure to please, but you can spice things up by using Old Bay or other creole seasonings.