Tips, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.
Lobster tails are such a treat to eat, and while they’re certainly elegant, you may be surprised to learn that they’re very easy to prepare at home!
When it comes to finding quality lobster in the Midwest, Heinen’s Seafood Department is your trusted source. Their selection ranges from 4-6 oz. all the way up to 12-14 oz. tails, and they can be purchased fresh or frozen.
Whether you’re cooking for a birthday dinner, a Valentine’s Day date or a holiday gathering, check out the two best cooking methods for preparing lobster tails at home below.
How to Prep Lobster Tails
- Hold the lobster tail with one hand and, using a pair of kitchen shears, cut down through the top part of the lobster tail all the way to the bottom. Be careful not to cut all the way through.
- Pull all of the lobster meat inside the shell up above where the cut ends and lay it gently on top of the shell.
How to Bake Lobster Tails in the Oven
- Transfer the prepared lobster tails to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Top with melted butter and season with salt, pepper and paprika.
- Bake the lobster tails in the oven at 400˚F for 90 seconds per ounce. The lobster tails featured in this tutorial were 6 oz., so they baked for about 8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve as is or with a side of melted butter.
How to Cook Lobster Tails in a Court Bouillon
Court Bouillon is an incredibly flavorful liquid that can be used to braise lobster tails in just 4-5 minutes!
- Add water to a pot on the stove.
- Add Chardonnay wine and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Feel free to toss the lemon half into the pot once it has been juiced.
- Add onions, celery, peppercorns and bay leaves. Season very well with salt.
- Turn the heat to medium and, once the liquid is simmering, add the lobster tails (do not cut them.)
- Allow the tails to cook in the liquid for 4-5 minutes. The shell will begin to turn bright red.
- Once cooked, remove the lobster tails from the liquid and transfer to a cutting board.
- Slice the lobster completely in half starting at the tail.
- Spread herb butter on top, if desired.
There you have it! Two easy and incredibly fast methods for preparing restaurant-style lobster tails in your own home.