How To Make Lobster Tail

Lobster tail with side dishes
Many people consider lobster tail to be a special treat, but even novice cooks can make lobster tail at home. The easiest way is to boil the lobster tails, although you can also bake them or grill them.

Step 1

 Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Lobster tails
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Hollandaise sauce (optional)
  • Large pot
  • Skillet
  • Covered colander (optional)

Step 2

Thaw the lobster. Most lobster is purchased frozen, so thaw them out ahead of time for best results. Don't thaw them by using the ‘defrost' setting on your microwave, as they can start to cook. Instead, place them in your refrigerator for about a day. If you try to cook frozen lobster, it will turn out tough and rubbery.

Step 3

Prepare lobster tails for cooking. Remove the lobster meat from the shell. Split the back of the shell and open it up, revealing the meat. Remove the vein. You can leave the fan part of the tail on, or remove it.

Step 4

Boil the lobster tails. Fill the pot half full with water, and then add a tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil, and then carefully add the lobster tails. Then continue to cook on medium heat for about a minute per ounce of lobster. If you are cooking a lot of lobster tails at once, you may need to add a minute or two to the total time. As an alternative to boiling, you can steam them by placing them in a covered colander above your pot of water. It will take about a minute and a half per ounce if you are steaming them. Be sure not to overcook the tails, or they can turn tough. When the lobster is no longer transparent, it is done cooking.

Step 5

Clarify the butter. Serve the lobster tails with clarified butter. To get clarified butter, in a skillet on medium-low heat, melt two sticks of butter. Let the melted butter sit for a couple of minutes. Carefully pour out the clear butter on the top into a small serving dish. Discard the milky white fat at the bottom of the pan.

Step 6

Serve. Serve the lobster tails with lemon juice, butter, and hollandaise. To eat a lobster tail, first break off the small flippers at the base. If you pry these open, there is a little meat inside. Then push the tail meat out of the shell with your finger from the small end.

Cook lobster tails to impress your guests with a gourmet meal. Serve with a fancy side dish and a little bit of garnish, and you'll impress your friends and family! Lobster tails will make a great Valentine's Day dinner for two, and are also perfect for serving guests at your holiday party.


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