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How Long to Boil Lobster Tails

Updated on February 26, 2010

Aren’t lobsters just great for a feisty meal? May it be the claws or the tails, who wouldn’t want these on their tables? But for most people, the tails are considered to be the most flavorful part of lobsters. And the simplest and easiest way to prepare these yummy lobster tails is by boiling. But, how long should you boil lobster tails? Here’s how.
What you need:
Kitchen Shears
Weighing scale
What to do:
1.    Make the lobster tails tender. If they are frozen, thaw them by leaving it inside the refrigerator for 8-10 hours or use the microwave defrost set for 3-5 minutes.  But make sure the microwave will not cook the lobster or else, it will have a rubbery texture. Having it thawed before cooking will make your lobster tails more tender when boiled.
2.    Open up the shell and remove the meat. Use kitchen shears in cutting open the back of the shell. Do this by splitting the shell down the middle, leaving the fan tail intact. Without removing the underside membrane, open the shell to reveal the meat. You can place it in a pan having small amount of water to prevent it from drying.
3.    Boil the water. In a pot, pour as much water is enough for all the tails to float. Add a teaspoon of salt for every quart of water you use. Let it boil.
4.    Weigh the tails and drop them into the boiling water. It should only take 1 minute per ounce of thawed lobster meat for them to be done. That is, for 8 ounces of lobster meat, you will have to boil it for 8 minutes to be cooked. But you will only start the timer when the water returns to a boil. You may add 1-2 minutes more if you’re boiling many lobster tails.
Just remember the main rule in boiling lobster tails – one minute for every ounce of weight of the lobster meat. Take note of that and your boiled lobster tails will be perfect.


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