It only occurred to me immediately as I began to prepare lobster for dinner one night that I had no clue about what I was doing. As I set my lobster tails down in front of me, my first thought was, how the heck do you get this thing out of the shell? I began to have second thoughts about our dinner plans. I attempted taking out a knife (BAD idea) and cutting the lobster shell down the middle. Once I almost lost a finger, I decided to head over to the computer and do what any confused kitchen chef would do: google it. It didn’t take a genius to figure out I should’ve done that in the first place. So in order to save you some sanity (and limbs), I’ve done the googling for you. Check out the video below and then scroll down to find a delicious Lobster Roll recipe from my weekly Meal Plan and a quick recipe on how to cook your lobster. You’re welcome.
How To Cook Lobster Tails (Shells Removed)
- Lobster tail (I try to get 1 lb – 1 lb & 1/2 for two servings.)
- About 1/4 cup of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon or so of Old Bay® Seasoning
1. Remove lobster tail meat from shell. Cut off any brown/green parts with kitchen shears (sometimes it has a little).
2. Rinse your lobster meat and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
3. On your clean cutting board, use a knife to chop the lobster tail meat into pieces.
4. Melt butter over a pan on low heat over the stovetop and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning.
5. Once melted, add your lobster to the pan. Let it cook on medium heat until done (it will be white, not clear).
6. Optional: sometimes I brown my lobster meat in the broiler for a few minutes after cooking on the stovetop. Warning: Don’t dump all your butter on the broiling pan, that could cause a fire! Just scoop out your lobster meat from the frying pan and place on a broiler pan. Keep an eye on it as the lobster will start to turn a golden brown, which is when I take it out. You don’t want them to burn.
7. Enjoy! This cooked lobster can really be used in so many ways, including in the below Lobster Rolls recipe, placed on top of steak, or even eaten alone!
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 4 hot dog buns or kaiser rolls, split
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 1 1/2 pounds cooked and cubed lobster meat
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pinch dried basil, parsley or tarragon (*I use basil)
1. Lightly butter the insides of the buns or rolls and line with lettuce leaves. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, lime juice, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper until well blended. Mix in the green onion and celery, then lightly mix in the lobster so it just gets coated without falling apart.
3. Stuff the lobster filling into the buns and sprinkle parsley, basil or tarragon lightly over the filling.
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