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.
Is it better to boil or steam lobster tails?
For recipes that call for fully cooked and picked lobster meat boiling is the best approach. In contrast, steaming is more gentle, yielding slightly more tender meat. It preserves a little more flavor and it’s more forgiving on the timing front. It’s harder to overcook a steamed lobster.
How long do you boil a lobster tail for?
To make the lobster tails:
Cut the lobster tails along the top of the shell, from the edge of the tail straight down the middle lengthwise to the bottom of the tail. Carefully place the lobster tails in the boiling water, and boil for 1 minute per ounce of tail. For 4 ounce tails, boil for 4 minutes.
How long do you steam a 2lb lobster?
Steam the lobsters, shaking the pot occasionally, until cooked through, about 8 minutes for 3/4 to 1 pound lobsters, about 10 minutes for 1 to 1 1/4 pound lobsters, and about 11 minutes for 1 1/2 to 2 pound lobsters.
How long do you boil lobster tails thawed?
Thawed lobster tails will typically take 3-13 minutes to cook when boiled.
Do you need to thaw frozen lobster tails before cooking?
After taking your frozen lobster tails out of the freezer it is best to defrost them fully before getting started. It’s recommended you slow-thaw your frozen lobster tails before you plan to cook them for tastier results.
Why is my lobster tail rubbery?
Tough or rubbery meat is usually the result of a lobster cooked too long. See our cooking guide for suggested cooking times for live lobster.
How long do you steam lobster for?
Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add two lobsters, more if the pot is large enough, then cover the pot and return the water to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium or medium-low to maintain a vigorous simmer and steam the lobsters until they turn bright red, 13 to 15 minutes.
How long do you cook a 4oz lobster tail?
The cooking time depends slightly on the method but doesn’t vary too much. A 4-ounce lobster tail will take from 5 to 8 minutes. An 8-ounce lobster tail will take from 8 to 10 minutes. You want the lobster meat to be opaque (white) throughout, not translucent, and firm.
How long do you steam a 2.5 lb lobster?
Cooking time will vary by portion size:
- 1-lb to 1.25-lb: Steam 9 minutes.
- 1.25-lb to 1.5-lb: Steam 10 minutes.
- 1.5-lb to 2.0-lb: Steam 11 minutes.
- 2.0-lb to 2.5-lb: Steam 13 minutes.
- 2.5-lb to 3.0-lb: Steam 15-minutes.
- 3.0-lb and up: Steam 17 minutes.
How do you steam lobster without a steamer rack?
The technique is simple: fill a medium pot with 1/2 inch of water, place three golf ball–sized balls of aluminum foil on the bottom, rest a heat-proof plate on top of the foil balls, cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil. Add vegetables to the plate, cover, and steam until crisp-tender.