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How to Butterfly Lobster Tail

How to butterfly lobster tail
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This tutorial shows you how to “butterfly” lobster tail, aka to piggy back the lobster meat on its shell. Not only does the result look aesthetically gourmet, the lobster meat cooks evenly and it is also much easier to eat.

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How to butterfly lobster tail
If using frozen lobster tails, thaw them either by transferring from the freezer to the fridge the night before, or place them in a bowl of water. Once thawed, use sharp kitchen scissors to cut through the top center shell lengthwise, leaving the tail fan intact (see above). Be careful not to break the surrounding shell. Some lobster tails, like mine, already comes pre-cut on the back so you get to skip this step, which is the bulk of the work.

How to butterfly lobster tail
Gently pry open the shells from the cut you just made and loosen the meat within.

How to butterfly lobster tail
Coax and pull out the lobster flesh from the shell, stopping at the tail fan.

How to butterfly lobster tail
If there are any veins and dirty bits, pull and discard.

How to butterfly lobster tail
As mentioned earlier, pull the lobster flesh back and stop at the tail end, allowing the tail membrane to hold the lobster flesh and shell together. You don’t want to pull the lobster flesh out of the shell completely.

How to butterfly lobster tail
“Butterfly” or “piggy back” the lobster flesh on its shell as shown.

How to butterfly lobster tail
You can also fold back the flesh to its original state as shown above (though it will likely still curl back during cooking).

How to butterfly lobster tail
Your lobster tail is now butterflied, and ready to be dressed and cooked.

Perfect Baked Lobster Tail Recipe
Above: Baked Lobster Tail Recipe. Enjoy!

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