How To: A Quick Guide to Maine Lobster Tails

If you’re new to cooking Maine Lobster Tails or you just need a refresher, consider following these steps to make the most out of your eating experience!

Maine Lobster Tails

Sustainably sourced from our family’s boat, the F/V Miss Emma, off the rugged New England coast, our wild-caught Maine Lobster Tails are known for their exceptional taste and sweet meat. Caught using traditional lobster traps, our lobster tails are delivered raw and flash-frozen, to maintain their peak quality and freshness.

Thawing & Handling

Keep lobster tails frozen until ready to use. When you’re ready to eat:

Option 1: Place lobster tails in the refrigerator overnight for 16-24 hours. 

Option 2: For quicker thawing, place frozen tails in a sealed bag and soak in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour.

Once thawed, immediately cook or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

How to Prepare Maine Lobster Tails

Cooking lobster tails is a straightforward process with various methods at your disposal. You can steam, boil, grill, bake, broil, or even smoke them. If you’re unsure which method to choose, we strongly recommend boiling your lobster tails as it’s the best way to prevent them from sticking to the shell. For a creative twist in the kitchen, butterflying your lobster tails is also an excellent option.


How to Butterfly Maine Lobster Tails

  1. Place the lobster tail on the cutting board with the hard shell side facing up.
  2. Using kitchen shears, carefully cut down the center of the shell until you reach the fan of the tail, leaving the fan-tail and bottom shell intact.
  3. To loosen the meat from the shell, flip the lobster tail over and gently squeeze down on the ribs of the lobster to help release the meat.
  4. Once the ribs are cracked, run your fingers along the inside of the shell and pull the top portion of the meat through the split in the shell, so that the meat rests on top of the shell, while leaving the tail-end still intact.
  5. Place the lobster tails on a parchment-lined baking sheet, hard shell-side up.
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How To Boil Maine Lobster Tails 

Thawed lobster tails will typically take 3-13 minutes to cook when boiled, depending on the tail size and quantity.

Here are the steps:

  1. Bring a medium to a large pot of water to a boil, ensuring there is enough room for the water to circulate freely.
  2. Place the lobster tails in the boiling water. Once the water reboils, reduce the heat.
  3. Follow the recommended cooking times for the size of the lobster tails to ensure they are cooked to perfection.
  4. After cooking, you can choose either to use kitchen shears to remove the meat from the shell or split the tails to expose the lobster meat.

How to Serve Maine Lobster Tails

Our lobster tails are easy to cook, allowing you to quickly crack into thick pieces of tender meat that are delicious on their own or as part of a lobster recipe. Whether you prefer grilling, baking, broiling, or steaming, the sweet lobster meat can be incorporated into various dishes like lobster rolls, pasta, or salads.

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