If you want to know how to cut a lobster tail, then read on. Today, I’m showing you the best way to remove the shell from a lobster tail while leaving all that tender meat intact.
Removing a shell from a lobster tail might seem daunting, but if you follow this easy guide, you’ll be a pro in no time. It’s actually very simple once you get the hang of it.
How to Cut a Lobster Tail
I struggled with removing a lobster tail from its shell for the longest time. It wasn’t until a friend of mine shared this super easy method that I was finally able to start removing lobster from the shell without mangling it.
You only need one ingredient for this.
- Lobster tail
Three easy steps are all it takes to easily remove a lobster tail from its shell.
Step 1: To remove the lobster tail from the shell, use kitchen shears. Cut from the front to back on the belly side of the lobster.
Step 2: Repeat this on the top side of the lobster.
Step 3: Gently pull the shell off the tail.
You’ll only need two pieces of equipment to remove the shells from lobster tails.
- Kitchen shears
- Plate or cutting board
Sharp Knife: You CAN use a sharp knife to remove the shells, but shears are safer.
Want to know what to do after you learn how to cut a lobster tail? Here are some suggestions.
Baked: Remove the tail partially from the shell, butterfly it, and bake it.
Fry: Remove the tail completely, bread it, and fry it.
- Be sure that you slide the shears gently underneath the shell and not into the meat.
- Always cut away from your hand when removing the tails.
- Sharp kitchen shears are the best way to go with this recipe. They’re easier to use and safer than a knife.
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No. In fact, in many cases, leaving the shell on is better because it adds flavor and protects the meat from high temperatures.
Some recipes don’t require the shell to be left on. Butterfly tails are partially removed, while fried lobster tail requires the shell to be completely removed.
Freezing lobster tails can cause the meat to stick to the shell. Fresh lobster tail meat will sometimes stick if the lobster recently molted.
How to Cut a Lobster Tail
Ready to learn how to cut a lobster tail? Then print the recipe card below.
- 1 lobster tail
- To remove the lobster tail from the shell, use kitchen shears. Cut from the front to back on the belly side of the lobster.
- Repeat this on the top side of the lobster.
- Gently pull the shell off the tail.
Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 77mgSodium 193mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 22g
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