Lobster is a delicious dish, but it can be tricky to find it fresh, so a lot of people turn to cooking and enjoying frozen lobster. Although it is much easier to find frozen lobster than fresh, you still need to take care when cooking it to ensure that it is just as delicious! Read on for some more information about how to cook frozen lobster tails.
Buy Good Lobster
The first step to eating good lobster is to make sure that you buy good lobster. Look for lobster tails between 4 and 8 ounces. Bigger isn’t always better, as the smaller tails tend to be more tender. Check that they haven’t expired, and look to see if they’ve been plumped up with any additives. This means that you’re paying for water, not meat.
Defrost and Prepare the Tails
Never try to cook frozen lobster tails. Place them, unwrapped, in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Set this in the refrigerator and allow the tails to thaw. This can take up to 24 hours, depending on how much meat there is to thaw. Once they’ve thawed and you’re ready to cook them you can remove them about half an hour to an hour before you want to actually cook. Using kitchen shears, cut the shell down the middle and remove the gelatin. You’ll have to loosen the meat from the shell to be able to do this, but since they’re thawed it shouldn’t be difficult.
Ready the Butter Bath
Using a large pan, boil a few tablespoons of water, then turn down the heat. You will melt butter a few tablespoons at a time in this pan until you have about melted between two and three sticks of butter. Whisk the butter and make sure the burner is on low.
Cook the Lobster Tails
Gently place the lobster tails into the butter and allow them to poach for up to eight minutes. You can feel them with your finger to make sure that they’re not getting rubbery. They will be white and firm when done. You can then remove them from the butter bath, allowing the butter to drip back into the pan.
Once the tails are cooked you can serve them immediately with a squeeze of lemon or extra butter. This is the easiest and most delicious way to cook lobster tails, and you’re sure to love it!