Are you craving perfectly cooked lobster tails? Are you thinking of better ways in order to achieve it? Are you up to take your lobster tails on a griddle?
Owning a griddle is one of the most useful cooking tools. What you can prepare for yourself, friends and family is practically endless.
If you’re craving a delicious lobster dinner, you can use your hand dandy griddle to pull it off.
Whether you’re treating yourself to a delightful seafood dinner or are trying to impress your date, here’s how you can cook lobster tails on a griddle.
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What You’ll Need
Before you can toss your lobster tails on the griddle, you’ll need to gather everything that you’ll need. Remember that what you’ll need to prepare your lobster tails may vary depending on the specific recipes you’re following.
We’re going to go with a simple buttery lobster recipe this time. Here’s everything you should need to make a delicious meal:
- Lobster tails (However many you’d like)
- Seasonings of your choice (salt, pepper, old bay, etc.)
- Butter (enough to slather your lobster tails in)
- Cooking oil of your choice (canola, olive, avocado, etc.)
- Cooking shears
Step 1: Preheat Your Griddle
Before you can do anything, you’re going to want to get your griddle preheating.
When you’re cooking lobster tails, you won’t want to cook them at too high of a temperature because they will burn. No one wants to eat burnt lobster.
The best temperature to cook your lobster tails on a griddle is on medium-high heat. This may be a little different based on the griddle you’re using.
You’ll need to check with the manufacturer’s instructions for what medium-high heat is.
Step 2: Prep Your Butter Sauce
While your griddle is preheating, you should take some time to prepare the butter or butter sauce you plan to use on your lobster meat.
The general rule of thumb is roughly one stick of butter for two lobster tails. So, if you’re cooking four lobster tails, you’ll need two sticks of butter.
For two lobster tails, one stick of butter, and for one lobster tail, half a stick of butter.
To make the sauce, you’ll melt down the butter into a bowl. From here, you can add any seasonings you like, or none at all.
Once you’ve melted the butter and mixed in any parsley or other seasoning, set the butter aside for now.
Step 3: Prep Your Lobster Tails
Another thing you’ll need to do before putting your lobster tails on the griddle is prep them. You’ll need your lobster tails and kitchen shears for this step.
To cook the lobster tails on the griddle well, you’ll need to use the shears to help you remove the lobster meat from the tails.
You can choose to keep the meat in the shape of the tail still or cut it up into smaller pieces. It’s up to you, but leaving the meat in the form of the tail makes for a beautiful presentation.
Depending on how buttery you like your lobster, you can put a thin coat of your butter mixture onto the lobster meat before putting it on the griddle.
Step 4: Cook Your Lobster Tails
By the time you’ve prepped your butter sauce and removed the lobster meat from the tail, your griddle should have finished preheating.
You’ll need to add a little bit of whatever cooking oil you prefer. It can be avocado oil, canola oil, olive oil, whatever. This is how you’re going to get that perfect seafood sear.
Place your lobster tails onto the griddle where the oil is. You can add a little bit of your melted butter onto the lobster once you’ve put them on the griddle and any seasoning mixture you’ve come up with.
You’ll let the lobster tails sit on medium-high heat for roughly two minutes per side. If you’re leaving the lobster meat in the shell, you’ll want to start with the meat side down.
After two minutes, you’ll flip your lobster over. Whether the shell is on or not, you’ll want to baste your lobster again with your melted butter and any seasonings you’re using.
Once the two minutes are up, remove from the heat.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!
Now it’s the best part. You get to plate your lobster tails and eat! The best way to serve your lobster tails is with a side of melted butter in case you want to dip the meat in it or slather it with even more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about cooking lobster tails on the griddle or about lobsters in general? We have the answers.
What’s the Perfect Temperature to Cook Lobster on a Griddle?
Medium-high heat is best. This generally is about 400 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Should the Internal Temperature of Lobster Be Once it’s Cooked?
Usually, you don’t need a meat thermometer to know when your lobster is finished cooking. But, if you have a meat thermometer on hand or haven’t cooked lobster tails before, this is a handy tool to make sure your meat is cooked through.
When the lobster tail has finished cooking, it should have an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
When Did People Start Eating Lobster Tails?
While most people consider lobster to be somewhat of a delicacy now, it wasn’t always this way. Most people didn’t start consuming lobster until the 19th century when people in Boston and New York developed a taste for crustaceans.
What’s the Best Lobster for Lobster Tail?
There are over a dozen different types of lobster living in our oceans. Some lobsters are desired for different reasons.
But, if you’re searching for the absolute best lobster for lobster tails, you can’t go wrong with a Maine Lobster. They have the most sought-after lobster tails in the world.
Why Do We Eat Lobster with Melted Butter?
The short answer? Because it’s absolutely delicious! The fat from the butter helps to compliment the texture of the lobster meat. Melted butter can even help sweeten the meat.
When we say sweetened, we don’t mean the lobster meat will taste sugary, but it gives it a delicious and smooth taste.