Lobster is delicious and expensive seafood that many people fall in love with. If you are don’t know how to cook lobster tails? Don’t worry, because this article of ours will instruct you in detail on the four best ways to cook lobster tails at home.

1. Frequently Asked Questions

1.1. How To Thaw Frozen Lobster Tails?

To thaw, place the lobster tails in the refrigerator for an entire day, i.e., 24 hours. Here are a few tips to know that the frozen lobster tail is fully thawed and ready to cook:

Gently press the meat in the center. If it feels very tender, it indicates that the lobster tail is thawed.

Try to bend or curl the lobster tail with your hands. It is bends/curls without any difficulty; then, it’s fully thawed.

1.2. How To Prepare Lobster Tail?

Prep the lobster tails by cutting the shell (with scissors) in a straight line through the center until the portion where the tail fin starts. Avoid cutting the tail fin.

Now, gently separate the shell from the meat using a spoon. Next, hold the meat, bring it up, close the cut shells by joining them beneath, and lay the meat on top of the tank.

Finally, make a light cut through the flesh and, using your fingers, peel the meat’s thin orange top layer and rest it to the sides.

1.3. How To Know When Lobster is Done Cooking?

  • The shell changes color to a vibrant reddish hue.
  • The meat turns dense & shrinks a little.
  • The meat’s color changes from translucent to opaque and pearl-like.

If you want to ensure that the lobster tails are accurately cooked is to use a thermometer. The internal temperature of lobster tails needs to reach 140°F.

2. How To Boil Lobster Tails


  • 6 Lobster tails (each tail weighing 3-4 ounces)
  • Water
  • Sea salt
  • A pot with a lid
  • A tray filled with ice


Step 1: Fill 50% of the pot with water.

Step 2: Place it on the stove at high. Cover and bring the water to a boil.

Step 3: Once the water starts bubbling, lower the heat to medium-low. Season with salt heavily and stir the water.

Step 4: Put the lobster tails into the pot and boil for 3-5 minutes. (It takes about 1 minute to boil one ounce.)

Step 5: Transfer the boiled lobster tails to an ice tray to stop the cooking process. Serve your boiled lobster tails with melted butter or a wedge of lime alongside boiled corn on the cob.

I can say that this is the best way to cook lobster tail at home for those who are not good at cooking.

Tips: To keep the lobster tail from curling up during the boiling process, insert a skewer through the center of the thawed tail before putting it into the pot. 

how to cook lobster tails on the stove

3. How To Steam Lobster Tails


  • 3-4 lobster tails (each tail weighing 6 ounces)
  • Water
  • Sea salt
  • A deep pot with a well-fitted lid & a steamer basket


Step 1: Fill the bottom of the pot with 2 inches of water. Add 2-3 tablespoons of sea salt and give it a quick stir.

Step 2: Now, set the steamer basket inside the pot, just above the water. Seal the pot with the lid and bring the water to a boil.

Step 3: As soon as the water starts boiling, uncover the lid and cautiously place prepared lobster tails (shell side up) on the steamer basket.

Step 4: Re-seal the pot with the lid and let the tails cook for 6 minutes. ( It takes about 1 1/2 minutes to steam one ounce)

Step 5: Finally, uncover the lid and transfer the nicely steamed lobster tails to an ice tray. Serve the steamed lobster tails with clarified butter and your choice of steamed veggies.

Tips: Adding lots of salt to the water is compulsory as it adds natural flavors to the lobster tails and helps keep them plump. You may add some white wine, champagne, or seafood stock to taste delicious.

Steamed Lobster Tail

4. How To Bake Lobster Tails


  • 2-3 lobster tails (8 ounces)
  • 1 butter stick
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A pair of scissors, a spoon, & a brush


Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 230°C (450°F)

Step 2: While the oven preheats, prepare the flavorful butter topping by mixing butter, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, chopped parsley, salt, & pepper. Then brush the butter topping on the exposed white meat of the lobster tail has been prepared.

Step 3: Put the tray in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes (it takes about 1 1/2 minutes to bake per ounce). Small-sized lobster tails bake within 10 minutes, while medium-large sized tails need some extra minutes to bake. 

Serve with baked carrots and lemon wedges

5. How To Grill Lobster Tails


  • 3-4 lobster tails (8 ounces)
  • Oil
  • 1 butter stick
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley leaves (optional)
  • 1 lemon (halved)
  • A knife & brush


After preparing the lobster tails, please insert skewers through each tail.

Now, turn on the gas grill, then Brush some oil on the flesh-side of the prepped lobster tails and sprinkle salt & black pepper.

Place the tails (meat side down) on the grill and sear for 6 minutes.

Next, flip the lobster tails (shell side down). Baste the lobster meat (every 2 minutes) with the seasoned butter and grill for five more minutes. Serve the hot grilled lobster tails by squeezing fresh lemon juice on the meat. 

Although complicated, the way to cook lobster, if you try to practice cooking it many times, you will become skilled and have the best lobster tails in your meal. Let’s share how to cook lobster tails & tips when cooking them with everyone and enjoy the excellent taste together.

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