How to Clean and Prepare Lobster Tails is easier to do than you may think. Cooking lobster tails in your kitchen may seem intimidating, but don’t let that uneasiness prevent you from trying a new skill. Once you master how to defrost, clean, and cut them, cooking the tails will be easy to execute. Today, I will show you how to properly clean frozen lobster tails, and even provide you with a recipe to cook them into a light, and delicious lobster tails sauce.
Serving lobster tails for dinner on special occasions will always make an elegant presentation. With these easy steps, I will guide you through the process so you too can enjoy making them all year round.
There’s something very impressive, and even worth the extra bucks to serve lobster to the people you love.
You can serve lobster tails alone, with a side of melted butter for dipping, along with your favorite sides.
Or you can easily try our new recipe for lobster tails sauce to serve over spaghetti as we did here, (the recipe for Lobster Tails Sauce is included below).
Learning How To Clean and Prepare LOBSTER TAILS is easier than you may think.
First, you should know, there are different methods of cooking lobster tails:
Broiling, baking, and grilling. Any of these methods will brown both the meat and its shells.
Boiling them. When you boil tails in the water, it will cook them quickly but they will lose some of their flavors.
Sauteing lobster tails. When you saute them in a skillet, you will get the most depth of flavor from their shells. And we have a new recipe for you at the bottom of this post.
But first, let’s learn how to properly clean and prepare them!
How To Defrost and Thaw Frozen Lobster Tails…
1. First, remove lobster tails from the freezer and allow the package to slowly defrost overnight in the refrigerator. It’s easier to clean them once they are mostly thawed.
2. Then open the package and transfer them to a pot or bowl, place it into your kitchen sink and run cold water over them, continuously for about 10 minutes to thaw thoroughly and to remove most of the iodine.
3. Keep them in cold water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then discard water and refill with running water again to give them a good rinse, and make sure they are no longer frozen.
4. Place them onto paper towels to drain.
How to Clean and Prepare Lobster Tails…
This is a simple process that is only done with a good pair of scissors.
Using a good pair of kitchen scissors works best for this recipe.
First, cut off ALL the attached fins on the sides and ends of their shells and discard them. These little fins including the large one at the end of the tail are the smelly part of the lobster.
Next, cut the top (or the back) of each tail down the center. Cutting is easier and safer with a quality pair of scissors, rather than using a knife. Do not use a knife when cleaning and cutting lobster tails.
Then toss them back into a bowl or pot with running water once again, to give them a good final rinse. This cleaning process should be done with frozen lobster tails, no matter how you prefer to cook them.
You will notice that nasty smell to them is now gone, once they are properly cleaned.
Place them onto paper towels to drain and soak up any excess water, for at least 10 minutes. You may even lightly press down to push out some of the excess liquid.
Next, change the paper towels, leave them on a dish layered with new paper towels, and keep them chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.
Notes and Tips for Lobster Tails…
Whether you cook lobster tails on your barbecue, in the oven, or in a skillet on the stovetop, this method of cleaning them is the best way and the easiest.
Lobster tails always come frozen, even if you buy them at your local fish market.
Keep in mind, that lobster flesh – like shrimp and other crustaceans, cook rather quickly, anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes or less depending on their size, and how thick the pieces are.
They can get tough if overcooked, so keep an eye on them while cooking.
Once you know how to clean and prepare lobster tails, you’ll be able to cook them into delicious dishes and meals for years to come.
We also included our recipe for an easy and delicious Lobster Tails Sauce to try (in a second recipe card below)!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
- 4 frozen Lobster Tails - (about 6 to 8-ounce each)
- Kitchen Shears
HOW TO DEFROST FROZEN LOBSTER TAILS:
- First, remove lobster tails from the freezer and allow the package to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. Once they are fully thawed, you can begin.
- Then open the package and transfer them to a pot or bowl, and run cold water over them for about 10 minutes to remove the iodine.
- Keep them in cold water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then discard water and refill with running water again to give them a good rinse, and make sure they are no longer frozen.
- Place them onto paper towels to drain.
HOW TO CLEAN LOBSTER TAILS:
- First, we must cut off the tail fins on the bottom and the little fins on the sides, and discard them. These little fins including the large one at the end of the tail are the smelly part of the lobster. Do this to each one to clean them properly.
- Then toss them back into a bowl of running water once again, to give them a good final rinse. This cleaning process should be done with frozen lobster tails, no matter how to cook them. You will notice that nasty smell to them is now gone, once they are cleaned properly.
- Place them onto paper towels to drain and soak up any excess water, for at least 10 minutes.
- Next, change the paper towels, leave them on a dish layered with new paper towels, and keep them chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.
Serving Size:1 lobster
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Ingredients for Lobster Tails Sauce:
- 4 frozen lobster tails - thawed, rinsed with fins and tales cut off
- 6 Tbsp. olive oil
- 8 garlic cloves -sliced
- 3 Tbsp. salted butter
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp. paprika
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/2 of a large ripe tomato - chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 additional Tbsp. salted butter
- 2 additional Tbsp. olive oil
- In a large deep skillet, add the olive oil and garlic slices on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the lobster tails.
- Toss in the butter, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook the lobsters for about 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them over. And continue to cook them for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
- Then add in the white wine and simmer for about 1 minute.
- Remove the lobster tails and transfer them to a nearby dish or cutting board to cool a little.
- Toss into the skillet the chopped tomato and freshly chopped parsley, cayenne pepper, and salt.
- Reduce the heat to simmer for about 1 minute. In the meantime, remove the lobster meat from their shells and with a fork and knife, chop them into smaller bite-size pieces. Return them back into the skillet.
- Toss in 2 additional tablespoons of butter, and 2 additional tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Cover with a lid, and simmer on low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes, until the lobster meat is fully cooked and turned white. Turn off the heat. Next, taste the sauce and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- The sauce is now ready to serve over your favorite pasta!
- In the meantime, toss your favorite pasta into a pot of boiling water, toss in 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the water then toss in your spaghetti or linguine. Cook the pasta until it's tender to the bite, al-dente.
- Reserve one ladle full of pasta water, and pour it into the lobster sauce.
- Then drain the pasta. Serve the pasta into individual pasta bowls and spoon some of the lobster sauce over the pasta and serve.
- Yields: 4 servings
The prep time does not include the time to defrost the frozen tails.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 20.3gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 2.8gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.6gProtein: 11.3g
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