How to Cook Lobster Tail

how to cook lobster tail

The lobster was once thought of as a “poor man’s food,” believe it or not! Yet, nowadays, we’ve all come to terms with lobster being a sought-after delicacy.

So, if you are going to splash out on this salty and sweet shellfish variety, one thought that comes to mind is how to cook lobster tail?

Well, don’t worry if you’ve never cooked lobster tail before; we have you covered in this post. We’ll check out five different ways you can cook this part of the lobster to perfection. We’ll also let you in on some top lobster cooking tips. Let’s get to it!

Boiling Lobster Tails

One perfectly acceptable way to cook lobster tail is to boil it. Take your entire uncut lobster tails and place them in salted boiling water.

It’s a good idea to add some sea salt into the water because the boiling process can dilute some of the lobster’s saltiness. But, the boiling process will tenderize your tails beautifully.

Bring to the boil a large pot of water and a good few pinches of sea salt. Then drop your tails in for one minute. However, check that the lobster meat is translucent before you stop cooking.

Steaming Lobster Tails

Cooking lobster tail using the steaming method is rapid. You need to use super hot moist steam, which frees the lobster meat from its shell. This means you can either serve within its shell or separate from it.

This method may produce a blander flavor than others. Yet, if you wish to serve your lobster tails quickly and with a sauce, it’s an excellent way to cook them. Steam each ounce of lobster tail for 50 to 60 seconds to cook them with this method.

Baked Lobster Tails

First, split your lobster tails in half with a good chef’s knife. Then place them in a baking dish and add some white wine or water into the dish too. Then place the dish into a preheated oven at 218 degrees Celsius.

The wine or water acts to steam the lobster tails along with the oven baking them. You only need to put your lobsters in the oven for one or two minutes per ounce, depending on their size. Just check for the translucency, as we mentioned earlier.

Broiled Lobster Tails

Either butterfly or cut your lobster tails in half, then put the meat onto its shell. You need to have the baking sheet around ten inches from the broiler element.

This method may draw out new and unexpected flavors. However, make sure to keep checking your lobster meat as this method is quick. As a general rule, broil for one minute per ounce of lobster tail.

Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilling has to be our favorite lobster tail recipe; the flavors are unique! You can half or butterfly your lobster tails. You can also use a skewer to keep your tails in place on the grill.

Get your grill to around 200 degrees Celsius, and then place your lobster cut-side against the grill. Grill for about 4-5 minutes and then flip to finish. If you have butterflied your lobster, then only cook the flesh side.

If you like the sound of these cooking methods, why not discover more on eating lobster?

Know-How To Cook Lobster Tail

Knowing how to cook lobster tail isn’t rocket science. Cooking lobster doesn’t take long, but it can be very easy to overcook. So, always check the translucency and be bold when you think you need to stop cooking!

Many thanks for checking out this quick little guide; we hope it’s helpful? If so, please check out more guides on our blog.

Paul Watson

The author Paul Watson