One of the healthiest ways to cook a lobster tail is to steam it, and another bonus is that steaming is easy. A bamboo steamer, the kind you might make Chinese dumplings in, is very handy for steaming seafood. It keeps the tail high enough above the steam to stop it from drying out. Perhaps you do not have a steamer, in which case you can use an inch of water in a pot with a pinch of sea salt, and put a metal rack in there. Use a fresh or thawed lobster tail for the best results.
Lobster is often served plain, since it boasts such a stunning natural flavor, but this recipe features colorful bell pepper which is sautéed in wine and lemon juice. This gives the lobster tail a nice look and also boosts the color of the dish. The white wine complements the other flavors used and you might want to serve a glass of good quality white wine when you serve this. Alternatively, even champagne – come on, you are making lobster tails and they deserve champagne!
Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up and are considering a lobster tail recipe. Lobster is not everyday food and not many of us could afford to eat seafood every day anyway, but for a special occasion it is absolutely ideal.
- 4 oz lobster tail
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon melted butter
- Pinch each of garlic powder, paprika and black pepper
- Lemon juice, as needed
- 2 tablespoons each finely chopped yellow, green, and red bell pepper
- Splash of white wine or champagne
- Lemon wedges, to serve
- Using kitchen shears, cut right underneath the shell, cutting the shell only and not the meat.
- Keep cutting right to the base of the tail, then pry the shell away from the meat, but keep the two connected.
- Stir a tablespoon of melted butter with the seasonings and a little lemon juice, and then drizzle this mixture over the lobster tail.
- Bring an inch of water to a boil in a pan, then add the bamboo steamer, add the lobster tails and cover.
- Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sauté the bell pepper in the teaspoon of butter and white wine for 3 minutes, adding a little lemon juice too.
- Drain off the liquid.
- Once the lobster tail is white and firm to the touch, it is done.
- Serve the lobster tail with the bell pepper mix on top, and with a lemon wedge or two on the side.
Although this recipe serves one, you can see how delicious and tempting it looks from the picture, so maybe you will be encourages to make this for two. Lobster is a romantic idea if you are trying to impress your partner, so why not make this fantastic steamed lobster recipe, add the colorful bell pepper and sit back to enjoy the inevitable compliments? Just as you can see when shrimp are cooked (when they turn pink) you can see when lobster is done (when the meat turns white and is firm to the touch) so do not worry about overcooking this delicacy because it is going to come out just right.
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