"Steamed Lobster Tails"- pretty much says it all in regards to this very simple and easy recipe. The trick is knowing just how long to steam the lobster tails. The answer is "not very long." Once you have prepared the lobster tails, it takes less than 10 minutes to cook. The quick turn around makes steamed lobster tails a perfect choice for a quick weeknight dinner. The meat from steamed lobster tails can also be removed and used in other dishes such as salads, couscous meals, and pasta dishes.
This recipe simply serves the steamed lobster tails with a side of melted butter and lemon. It uses a pound of lobster tails (about 4 tails) using salted water to steam cook the dish. Melted butter and lemon are served on the side. Serve it with steamed rice or salad on the side. A side of Tabbouleh goes very well with this dish.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Special Tools - Medium to Large Steamer Pot. One that clearly allows separation of boiling water from ingredients.
1lb Lobster Tails
3 Cups Water
2 Teaspoons Kosher Sea Salt
Melted butter and lemon juice to serve.
Step 1: Preparing the Lobster - Make sure the lobsters are well thawed. Using shears cut lengthwise down the back of the top shell of the tails. Then carefully slip the shears between the lobster meat and shell to cut the top right and left sides of the shell off. The meat should be exposed as shown below.
Step 2: Steaming the Lobster -- Add 3 cups water to the steamer pot along with the 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Cover and bring the pot to a boil. Add the lobster tails to the steamer pan with the exposed meat face up. Do not stack the lobster tails on top of each other. Cook in batches if necessary. Keep the pot at a boil and place the steamer pan into the pot. Cover and let the lobsters steam for 6 minutes. Using cooking tongs quickly remove the lobster tails from the pot and set aside on a plate. Repeat process for more batches if necessary. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges on the side.