Cooking lobster tail is a little complicated. That is because the prepping is quite complicated and one needs to know the exact durations of cooking lobster tail. The time needed to cook lobster tail varies largely. It depends on the present condition of the tail, the number of tails and also the preparation or the recipe that is being tried out. The method of cooking has the most significant bearing on how long to cook lobster tail.
Preparation of Lobster Tails
Let us first talk about preparing the lobster tails before you can try out any recipe or any cooking method. You need to thaw the lobster tails. Lobster tails should not be cooked if they are frozen or even partially frozen. You should allow the lobster tails to remain in the fridge, not the freezer, for about ten hours. This would make the tails softer than what they are when frozen. After ten hours, bring them out and place them in cold water.
Don’t use hot water for thawing. You should thaw lobster tails for about thirty minutes during which time you can change the cold water once, twice or more to drain the steadily chilling water so the process is quickened. If you wish to use the microwave then defrost for only a minute. If the tails aren’t thawed, then defrost them again for a minute. Never defrost for more than a minute at a time as that would start cooking the tails in the frozen state.
Bake or Microwave
If you are baking or microwaving lobster tail then you should cook them for twelve to twenty minutes, depending on the quantity. Eight ounce lobster tail should be cooked for twelve minutes, ten ounce tails should be cooked for fifteen minutes and twelve ounce tails should be cooked for eighteen minutes. These durations are for a microwave setting of 375 degrees. If you have more tails, then you should add about a minute and a half for every extra ounce of tail.
If you are grilling then you need to allot three to five minutes for each side of the tail.
If you are broiling lobster tail, then you must cook it according to the practice of a minute for an ounce. Ten ounce of tails would demand ten minutes. But account for the space in the pan. If four lobster tails, each weighing ten ounce, are being broiled simultaneously in a large pan, then you would still cook for ten minutes and not forty minutes.
If you are cooking lobster tail on a pan using the searing method then you need to cook them for three minutes for each side of the tail.