I received lots of questions the other day after an instagram post of how to cook lobster tails. It’s actually VERY easy! It’s all about timing – you don’t want to over cook it because it can make the lobster chewy. But it definitely doesn’t take a super cook to do it either. I like to buy my lobster tail at Costco. They’re giant, delicious and not too bad for $20/lb. When you buy lobster tail, it should already pre-cut and ready for cooking. They are so quick to cook that you can definitely serve this over a busy weekday.
I like to serve mine with roasted vegetables (recently it has been asparagus since it’s in season) and a quick mushroom polenta. So go forth and impress friends and pretend to be a fancy chef by whipping up some delicious buttery lobster tails!
10-Minute Steamed Lobster Tails
Servings: Depending on how many lobster tails you buy
Prep time: 3 minutes, Total Time: 10 minutes
- Thawed Lobster Tails – rinsed and dried
- Lemon wedges
- If the tails have not been cut down the middle, take kitchen shears and cut down the center of the shell leaving tail attached.
- Fill the bottom of a pot with 1/2-1″ of water. Salt and bring to boil.
- Place tails in a colander or steamer basket and cover pot.
- Timing is key here. Steam lobster tails for about 8-9 minutes (less than 10 minutes). Check frequently after 5 minutes. Goal is to slightly undercook the lobster. Take the tails out as soon as it turns opaque (no longer clear).
- Quickly run under cool water to stop the cooking process. Spread butter generously over the lobster mean, and serve with lemon slices. In my opinion, lobster tail has enough flavor without too much salt and pepper, but flavor as needed.