How Should I Defrost Lobster Tails Before Cooking?

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When you order from Maine Lobster House, your lobster tails arrive conveniently at your door in a few business days. How do they stay fresh during shipping? We have a very specific method of freezing meat so that it maintains all its flavor and freshness as you had just purchased it from a local market. If you’ve never ordered meat this way before, you might wonder how to defrost frozen lobster tails the right way.

We’ve got all the information you need right here, so you’ll know the very best method to get your tails to the right temperature to cook and enjoy.

How to Defrost Lobster Tails the Right Way

There are two safe methods that you can use to defrost most seafood: an overnight method and a quick-thaw method. You should try to use the overnight method whenever possible to ensure the safest, most even thaw. However, a quick-thaw method can come in handy when you just don’t have extra time to spare or forgot you needed to thaw your meat.

Overnight Method

This method is the safest way to thaw lobster tails because it ensures an even defrosting process for safety. It will take your seafood between 12-24 hours to thaw using this method, so be sure to plan for when you’d like to have them.

Place the lobster in a sealable freezer bag and get as much air as you can before you seal it. Place the bag on a plate or tray so that the tails are in an even layer and put it in your fridge. Leave plenty of space around the plate in the refrigerator so that air can circulate the bag.

Quick-Thaw Method

Sometimes, you’ll need to know how to defrost frozen lobster tails fast. In this case, it’s okay to thaw them quickly, but it’s crucial to follow these important steps to keep them at a safe temperature:

  1. Put tails in a durable freezer bag that it seals tightly. Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing.
  2. Place the bag in a container filled with cold water so that the bag is completely submerged in the water.
  3. You’ll need to change the water to maintain its coldness every 15 minutes. It should take lobster, depending on their size, about 1 ½ hour to thaw.

Conclusion – Defrosting Lobster Tails

Now you know how and how long to defrost lobster tails, so you’ll be able to enjoy your purchase in no time! Check out Maine Lobster House’s selection of quality seafood that you can order online so you can enjoy more of the flavors of Maine from your kitchen.