The Best Way to Buy and Prepare Lobster Tails

Lobster Tails

When shopping for quality lobsters, you need to know where to get it from. 

Live lobsters at your local supermarket have often travelled a long distance, and will likely have shed weight over that time. This means that, counter intuitively, frozen lobster can actually offer better flavor and texture than live lobster.

Ultimately, the quality of lobster depends on its source, so when looking for a good lobster, the first thing to do is find a good source.

Thankfully, you don’t need to travel to the sea to get lobster from a good, quality source. There are other options, but one of the best places to buy lobster if you don’t live near the ocean is through a lobster delivery service like Lobster Anywhere that delivers fresh, quality lobster from the waters off the coast of Maine straight to your door in 24 hours. 

Gourmet and Affordable 

Lobster deserves its reputation as a gourmet food, but gourmet doesn’t have to mean expensive. The best way to enjoy delicious lobster without hurting your bank account is to buy lobster alive or frozen from a quality source and prepare it on your own. No need to dine out! 

Preparing lobster on your own might sound like a daunting task. But you might be surprised by how simple and easy it is to follow certain lobster recipes. Try out one of these recipes and you’ll get the hang of preparing lobster in no time. Then you can impress your guests with a top-tier delicacy! 

How to Prepare Fresh Lobster Tail Meat

The first thing you need to know about preparing fresh lobster tail is that as soon as you bring the meat arrives at your door, you must refrigerate it overnight. The second thing you need to know is that you must thaw the lobster tail meat before cooking. Then you’re free to prepare a delicious meal! 

There are three different ways to prepare fresh lobster tail meat: you can butter poach, steam, or roast the meat. Here are three simple ways to enjoy each approach. Try all three to see which one you prefer. 

To Butter Poach Fresh Lobster Tail:

  1. In a saucepan, bring 2-3 tbs. of water to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in 1 tbs. butter. When butter melts, add another piece of butter. Continue adding butter pieces until you’ve added 1 cup or two sticks total. (Make sure you don’t let the butter come to a boil; if you do, the butter will separate.)
  3. Add defrosted tails. Poach for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Turn tails in butter mixture and poach for another 3-4 minutes.

To Steam

  1. Bring 2 inches of water to boil in a deep skillet or large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Place a steamer basket over water and add defrosted tails.
  3. Cover and steam for 5-6 minutes until meat turns opaque.

To Oven Roast:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place thawed lobster tails on a sheet pan or baking dish.
  3. Drizzle with oil, butter or your favorite marinade.    
  4. Place in oven and cook for about 10 minutes.

Follow one or all of these recipes and voila! You’ve made delicious, gourmet lobster without having to dine out and fork over a bundle of bills. Your bank balance will thank you, your taste buds will celebrate, and you’ll be known around the block as a lobster master. 

Bon Appétit!