This basic recipe for steamed lobster tails is the best way to ensure perfect lobster every time.

Nancy
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour about 1 inch of water in the bottom of a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the salt and place a steamer insert inside the pot so that it is just above the water level. Put the lobster tails on the rack and cover the pot. Cover and steam for 8 minutes. And don't peek! Serve with melted butter.

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Nutrition Facts

356.4 calories; 32.2 g protein; 0.9 g carbohydrates; 222.5 mg cholesterol; 1986.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2008
Very good! BE CAREFUL OF OVERCOOKING. I had a 1.5 lb full lobster which went into the pot for 7 mins and it was a bit overcooked. I would suggest 5 minutes unless you have an enormous lobster. Excellent way to prepare it though! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2011
My first time making lobster. I bought some good size lobster tails from Costco. Followed recipe exactly but there just was not a lot of flavor to this and the texture was kind of chewy. I didn't overcook it either. Will keep my quest going for the perfect way to prepare lobster. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 152
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2008
Very good! BE CAREFUL OF OVERCOOKING. I had a 1.5 lb full lobster which went into the pot for 7 mins and it was a bit overcooked. I would suggest 5 minutes unless you have an enormous lobster. Excellent way to prepare it though! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2008
This was good although 8 minutes made it a little on the rubbery side. Next time (and there is going to definitely be a NEXT TIME) I will start checking things starting at 6 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2008
This was simply perfect. Juicy, tender lobster. Yum. I added garlic to the boiling water and butter just because we love garlic in EVERYTHING. Thanks for something so simple and wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2010
Quick and Perfect way to cook your Lobster....my experience for two 1 lb. Lobster Tails went like this, Very Large Pasta Pot to a Rolling Boil , steam pot section was just and inch from the top of the water boiling water, cissor cut the two tails on the bottom side of the shell lenghtwise, used a wooden skewer to keep them from curling and in only 6 minutes lid on pot ! I found them perfectly done and easy to remove from the shell ! Have Butter Ready !! Bon Appiteto ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
Like others suggested I added a clove of garlic and reduced the cooking time to 7 min.The lobstertails I cooked tasted perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2008
As a cook just a little beyond beginner stage this was an easy receipt to follow and it came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2008
Simply the best way to do these steamed. Grilled is excellent as well but this is perfect as is. I was wondering--has anyone ever tried using Old Bay in their boil? I never have but am considering it next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2008
I add cilantro dill & 1/4 lemon in cheesecloth pouch to my steamer I also add a mixture of 1/2 Rice wine vineager with 1/2 Light Soy with sprinkle of Chili flicks into a small dish as a dipping sauce instead of using butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2008
excellent. I also added a clove of garlic. 5 minutes was enough for mine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2011
My first time making lobster. I bought some good size lobster tails from Costco. Followed recipe exactly but there just was not a lot of flavor to this and the texture was kind of chewy. I didn't overcook it either. Will keep my quest going for the perfect way to prepare lobster. Read More
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