For a special Valentine’s Day meal, serve up a perfect platter of mouth-watering Lobster Tails that will provide you with a special meal that you and your love are not likely to forget!
Grilled Lobster Tails
Of course a clawed lobster is preferable if you are eating a whole lobster; but for lobster tails, try to get the ‘clawless’ species because their tails contain more meat in them. And just for the record, cold water lobster tails seem to taste cleaner, have a whiter appearance and be much more tender. If you are using frozen lobster tails, you should always buy from a fish market that is well known for selling good quality produce.
Below the fold you will find directions on how to Grill, Steam, and Bake Lobster Tails. Enjoy!
How to Cook Lobster Tails
If you are using frozen Lobster Tails:
The lobster tails may be cooked from frozen, however, the best results are obtained if the tails are defrosted first.
To defrost the lobster tails, place them in the refrigerator for a period of 8 – 10 hours or alternatively place them in a bowl of cold water. They can be defrosted in the microwave, but make sure that you do not start to cook them instead. Once the tails have been completely defrosted, they will be ready to cook.
Grilled Lobster Tails
Insert a wooden skewer into the lobster tails to prevent them from curling on boiling.
Prepare a large saucepan of salted water according to instructions above for boiling lobster tails.
Once the water has reached a fierce boil, drop the tails in and cook for 4 minutes.
Drain the tails and position them on their backs once they have cooled slightly.
With a sharp knife, split the soft top shell of the tail, lengthways down the middle, but leave the hard shell underneath in tact.
Pour some melted butter and lemon juice over the meat of the tails or brush a marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, salt pepper, garlic powder and paprika over the meat and place shell side down into a pre-heated grill.
Grill for approximately 7 – 8 minutes under a medium – hot heat or until the meat is opaque, no longer transparent and firm to the touch.
If you wish, you may turn the tails over half way through cooking.
Remove from the grill and serve hot with lemon, melted butter or mayonnaise.
Steamed Lobster Tails
Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of a pan and add salt.
Bring the water to the boil.
Insert a wooden skewer or cocktail stick down the length of each lobster tail. This will prevent them from curling up upon steaming.
Place the tails on a steaming rack placed inside the pan and cover with a lid.
Steam the tails for about 7 or 8 minutes, drain and serve hot.
Baked Lobster Tails
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Split the soft shell of the lobster tail in half lengthways with a sturdy knife.
Place the lobster tails on a baking tray and brush them with melted butter.
Bake in the oven for between 8 and 10 minutes.
Serve hot with lemon slices, melted butter or mayonnaise.
Don’t forget the wonderful salad, vegetable, hot rolls or bistro breads. And of course the chocolate dessert!