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Home > Recipes > Lobster Recipes > Steamed Lobster Tails At Home
  1. Choose a pot large enough to hold your lobster tails with a tight-fitting lid that is large enough to fit the lobster tails with enough room for the steam to circulate around them.
  2. Place a steamer basket or an upturned colander in the pot so lobster tails are not submerged in the water.
  3. Pour in cold water to a depth of about 2 inches.
  4. Cover your pot and bring water to a boil.
  5. Once the water is boiling, quickly add the lobster tails to the pot and cover.
  6. Steam the lobster tails using the lobster tails steaming times below.
  7. Once you have reached your approximate cooking time, remove the pot from heat and check one of the tails. The tails should be completely cooked in the center of the meat.
  8. Remove you lobster tails from the cooking pot using tongs or gloves so that your tails to not overcook.
  9. Serve with drawn butter and enjoy!
PRO TIP - Keep your tails from curling in the lobster pot so the tails will lie flat on a plate when they are done; use a metal or wooden skewer so the lobster tail stays straight while cooking!

Lobster Tails Steaming Times
Tail QuantityTail SizeCooking Time
2-63oz-6oz4-6 Minutes
2-66oz-7oz6-8 Minutes
2-68oz-10oz8-10 Minutes
2-610oz-16oz9-11 Minutes
2-616oz-20oz10-12 Minutes
2-620oz-28oz10-13 Minutes