How To Boil Lobster Tails? - The Easiest Recipe Ever

How To Boil Lobster Tails? - The Easiest Recipe Ever

Among the techniques of cooking lobster tails, boiling is the most easy-but-tasty recipe to make. Then, the question is: How to boil lobster tails to perfection? If you are having the same concern, keep scrolling down and let Fishermen’s Net help you out!

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Needed Ingredients & Recipe Notes

Preparing Ingredients

Amounts Ingredients
4 - 6 (approximately 4 oz / tails) Lobster tails
1 tbsp Butter per lobster tail
2 oz Sea salt
1 oz Parsley or Basil

Recipe Notes

  • Preparing time: 2 minutes.
  • Cooking time: 3 - 13 minutes.
  • Serves: 4 - 6 peoples.

6 Steps To Boil Lobster Tails

Find Fresh/Frozen Lobster Tails

Typically, people buy lobster tails at grocery or seafood stores. However, we suggest that you should purchase lobster at online seafood markets. This is because these markets not only provide customers with fresh lobste daily but also are available any time during the week. Additionally, you can choose the day on which the lobster will be delivered to your front door.

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Thaw Frozen Tails In The Refrigerator/Cold Water

For the best experience, you should thaw frozen tails if you've purchased frozen lobster tails instead of fresh ones. Before cooking we can defrost the tail by putting it in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 hours, this will have us fully defrost it and prevent any sticking between the meat and the shell. Or if you do not have time to thaw the tail by the fridge, you can use cold water instead, this way only takes 30 minutes.

Use Cool Water To Rinse The Tails

Put the tails under the tap with your hands or tongs, and try to rinse all the tails. After the tail has been cleaned, you can dry it with a paper towel or let it air dry before you cut it. This helps to prevent any unclean substances on the lobster tails, because lobster lives in the bottom of the sea, it will contain some debris that will contaminate your food.

Cut The Lobster Tails

Before cooking, you should use a knife or shears to cut the lobster tails along the middle. Try to cut all from the back to the fin of the shells and avoid meat. If you use shears, try to pull up on the shell, that will help you to avoid cutting the meat. This is an essential step because the meat will not break apart during the boiling.

Note: Kitchen shears are the better choice, because the knife has to face upward to cut the shell.

Try To Pull Apart The Tail Along The Incision

The incision along the tails allows you to easily break apart the shell. But beware that keep the meat inside the shell for boiling and serving.

Boiled Lobster Tails

Use a large pot filled with water (fill ⅔ of the pot) to boil the lobster tail. The size of the pot will depend on the number of tails you plan to cook. Bring the water to a rolling boil, set the heat to high in order to reach the fast-paced boil. Then you put the tails into the pot, ensuring that the water can submerge the tails. After turning the burner down to medium, that will help the tails cook all the way through before separating from the shell.

How Long Does It Take To Boil Lobster Tails?

How long to boil lobster tails per ounce? - Most lobster tails require to boil about 1 minute per ounce, so you can boil 4 - 6 lobster tails between 5 and 12 minutes, that depends on the heat level and how full the pot is as well as the size and number of lobster tails. You can take the below chart for reference.

 how long does it take to boil lobster tails

See more on how to reheat lobster as they just cooked.

The Best Way To Serve Boiled Lobster Tails

Cut The Tail Into Halves

You can try to slice the meat lengthwise all the way through for ease. Lobster tails can be easier to eat if it has been pre-sliced down in the middle (find out more in How to eat lobster tail). If you make an incision in the preparation step, it will be easier for the diner to use a fork.

Use Butter To Increase The Taste

One of the most classic choices for enhancing the flavor of lobster tails is served with the melted butter - one of the best lobster spices, either on the side or already melted on the tail. Use a basting brush or fork to spread the butter around the top of each tail. Besides, using melted butter, you can choose clarified butter which is melted butter strained through cheesecloth or scraped for excess fats. This is a common dipping sauce to use with seafood like lobster.

>> Or you can cook Butter Poached Lobster instead.

Squeeze Lemon On The Meat

Lemon is an extra ingredient to boost the flavor of the tails which adds a pleasant acidic taste to the creamy lobster meat. If you want to serve lemon with lobster tails, you can choose to squeeze it over the tails or cut a slice for your guests to use by themself.

Add Some Ingredients To Use With Lobster Tails

What to serve with lobster tails? Parsley, basil and garlic are classic ingredients to serve with lobster. Decorating the plate with those ingredients not only makes it look more delicious but also enhances its flavor.

Learn more about the other methods to cook lobster tails:

Now, you know how to boil lobster tails at home properly. Fishermen’s Net hopes that our instruction will help you enjoy the tastiest boiled lobster ever. 

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