How to Cook Frozen Whole Lobster, According to a Chef

Next time you buy a frozen lobster for your summer dinner recipe, make sure to thaw it overnight.
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Not many foods can compare to the decadence of a freshly prepared lobster dipped in butter (or healthier ghee). But unless you live on the coast, finding fresh lobster at your supermarket can be difficult.

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Whether or not you live in a land-locked state, frozen lobster can be just as delicious as raw-bought seafood.

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Frozen lobster is cost-effective and, in some cases, it can even be fresher than raw-bought seafood, Chef Nik Fields, founder of Chic Chef Co., says. Generally, there's no big taste difference between fresh or frozen lobster — in fact, taste boils down to how you prep it.

How to Prepare Frozen Whole Lobster

Ingredients

  • Whole frozen lobster
  • Spices: salt, pepper, garlic and any additional seasoning you may like.
  • Butter or ghee

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Instructions

1. Choose your lobster wisely: "When buying lobster, a few things you should watch out for is smell and discoloration, such as black spots or grayish colors," Fields says. "This could be an indication that the lobster was mishandled during the freezing process and is not safe to eat."

2. Thaw your lobster: Before you cook your frozen lobster, you want to let the meat fully thaw, Fields suggests. Allowing the lobster to thaw makes it easier to handle. Just take your lobster out of the freezer before you go to bed and place it on a plate in your fridge (not on your counter!). By the next day, your lobster will be ready to go for dinner.

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3. Butterfly your lobster: Fields recommends butterflying, as this method is the perfect way to maximize the sweet flavor of the lobster meat. With a pair of kitchen shears, cut the upper shell down the center from the head end to the fan tail, leaving the tail and bottom shell intact. With your fingers, pull apart and spread the shell halves apart so that you can see the tail meat but leave the bottom shell as is.

4. Season or baste the meat: Before you cook the lobster, baste and season the lobster meat as you like. Fields recommends using a clarified butter, also known as ghee. Or, clarify the butter yourself to separate the milk solids and water from the butterfat. You can do this by melting butter, allowing the components to separate by density. Then, once the fat rises to the top, spoon it out of pot and remove it.

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5. Cook your lobster: There are several ways to prepare lobster, including baking and grilling. Or, you can broil the meat, too, which is a great healthy option, Fields says.

How to Serve Lobster

Serving your lobster with the perfect sides will take your dinner to the next level.

While you can certainly serve lobster with butter or ghee on the side, Fields recommends that you sprinkle the meat with some citrus, like lemon, to add to the overall flavor. Plus, this will add some vitamin C to your meal, too.

Lobster is an excellent source of lean protein, Fields says. But you still want to include some veggies and carbs for a more balanced meal. Consider adding some leafy greens or cruciferous veggies to increase the amount of fiber in your dinner. This crucial nutrient can help keep your blood sugar levels and digestive health regular.

To add some more density to your dinner, consider preparing some brown rice or buckwheat. These whole grains are both nutritious and satisfying.

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