Butterfly a Lobster Tail "Piggy Back Style"
Here are directions for Butterflying a lobster tail.
Butterflied Lobster Tails also known as Piggyback Lobster Tails are the most common method of preparation in restaurants. Have you ever wondered how they get the lobster tail to puff up out of the shell? Well now you can find out with this step-by-step guide below for how to butterfly a lobster tail.
Below are instructions for preparing a 6oz lobster tail
Defrost the lobster tails
Grab your kitchen shears
Begin the cut with the bottom blade right under the shell. Only cut the shell and not the meat.
Proceed the cut down the center all the way to the base of the tale
Cut to base of tail
Grab each side of the shell and gently pry away the shell away from the meat
Continue to pry the shell away from the meat but keep the back of the meat connected to the shell
Once the meat is freed, grab the meat, squeeze the shell together to close the gap and lay the meat on top of the shell
The meat on top of the shell
Cut a small slit in the top of the meat
Grab the loose part of the meat and fold over the shell
Here's the meat folded over each side of the lobster shell
Cut additional slits on the top for presentation
Prepare lobster marinade of melted butter, a dash of peprika, a dash of garlic powder, a squirt of lemon juice and a dash of white pepper.
Drizzle lobster tail with marinade
Move the lobster tails to a pan and broil according the chart below. Baste tail with marinade half way through cooking.
Time Table For Broiling & Boiling Lobster Tails
Weight 1 - 3 oz. 4 - 6 oz 10 -12 oz. 14 -16 oz.
Broiling 8 - 10 min. 10 - 12 min. 15 -20 min. 20 -35 min.
Remove tails from pan, dunk in butter and enjoy!
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