Broiled Lobster Tail with Jalapeno Butter
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There are many ways to cook lobster tails, baked, steamed, deep-fried, grilled, smoked, and of course, broiled. According to professional chefs, broiling is the best method to cook lobster tails, as it helps to enhance its flavor without putting much effort or spending hours trapped in the kitchen.
A question often raised when cooking lobster is whether to use fresh or frozen.
For this recipe, the answer is frozen, you can thaw them from the night before, or in case you forgot, just put them in a pot with cold water for 20-30 minutes.
DO NOT use the microwave or hot water, you will ruin the lobster, this is a delicate meat, just be patient.
How to Open the Lobster Tail
Before getting down to business, there is something important you need to learn how to do first, and in case you are wondering, the answer is yes, you have to cut open the lobster tail by yourself, luckily, you're working with frozen tails, and not a living lobster, so pay close attention at the following steps, and you'll see how quick and painless the process is.
Step 1. As intimidating as it may seem for some of you, it isn't that terrifying, so go ahead and grab the sharpest kitchen scissors you have.
Step 2. Hold the lobster tail in one hand with the shell facing up, use the kitchen counter or cutting board for support. Cut down through the center of the back all the way to the end when the tail begins, do not cut the tail fan.
Step 3. Use your thumbs and fingers to open up the slice you just made, to separate the meat from the shell sidewalls.
Step 4. Pull meat up from the bottom as well, separating it from underneath the shell.
And you're done! Make sure to remember to cut only the top of the shell, not the bottom.
We highly recommend placing onion slices inside to provide extra flavor, but we'll leave that up to you.
Broiled Lobster Tail with Jalapeno Butter Recipe
Broiling is a popular method for low-fat cooking, you use high temperatures for a short time to give your dish excellent taste and a stunning visual look. Broiling is how professional chefs cook thin cut meats, vegetables, and seafood. You can also broil on a dry (non-oiled) pan, whether you use one or the other, bear in mind this method creates a lot of smoke, keep your kitchen well ventilated or those smoke alarms will set off.
Jalapeno Butter Ingredients:
- 3 sticks of unsalted butter. Chopped them into ½ -inch pieces.
- 2 Jalapenos finely mince. Remove the seeds before chopping.
- 1 tablespoon paprika.
- Black pepper to taste or you can use the zest of two lemons instead.
The Main Ingredient:
4 Maine Frozen Lobster Tails
- Heat the butter in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Remove from heat and pour it a measuring cup, let it rest for 5-6 minutes.
- Use a spoon to remove the foam from the butter mixture. At this point, you'll notice the butter has separated into a yellow liquid on top and chunky solids on the bottom. We want what's on top - the clarified butter.
- Put the minced jalapenos in a bowl and pour the clarified butter over them.
- Cooking Instructions:
- Make sure your Lobster tails are completely thawed - you can use the tricks we mentioned earlier.
- Preheat the oven broiler. Use the kitchen scissors to cut open the tails as we have explained, always making sure you do not cut the bottom of the shell.
- Expose the meat and brush it with the clarified jalapeno butter mixture. Wrap the tails in aluminum foil.
- Bake the tails for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the color of the meat is opaque.
- Pour the remaining jalapeno butter into a dipping bowl to accompany the tails.
- Our final tip is to keep an eye on the tails and make sure you don’t burn them. Serve and enjoy!