Lobster is usually considered a “luxurious” food, often reserved for special occasions and dinners in high-end restaurants. We know cooking great lobster tails might sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Once you’ve learned the basics you can enjoy this exquisite seafood at home anytime you want! Here are 4 useful tips on how to boil perfect lobster tails:
- Always thaw the lobster tails in advance: Just like all frozen seafood, lobsters need to be defrosted at least 4-6 hours in advance and always under refrigeration, this way you don’t affect the cold chain. NEVER leave soaking in water just to save a couple hours; this will affect its signature flavor and texture and of course you don’t want that!
- Boil the tails in salted water: Boiling the tails might dilute some of lobster’s salty flavor so to prevent that simply make sure to add some salt to the water you will boil them in (make sure it’s enough water). We guarantee you this is a life changing trick!
- Do NOT overcook: You want your lobster meat to be JUST tender. Leaving them in water more time than needed will achieve exactly the opposite and make the meat rubbery. One minute per ounce is the perfect guide. You should see the meat is translucent, pinkish-white and the shells turn red.
- Make sure the flavor is even: Just sprinkling some seasoning on top of the tails won’t really do the job. To make the most out of its delicious natural flavor, brush the entire tail with melted butter and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice.
There you have it! It might not sound easy to you, but it really is. As everything in the kitchen, practice makes perfect and if you follow these tips, we are sure you’ll be a pro at boiling lobster in no time.