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How to Reheat Lobster So It Still Tastes Sweet And Delicious

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Leftover lobster can taste moist and delicious, but it can also end up dry and tasteless, especially if you don’t know how to reheat lobster the right way. If you have a leftover lobster tail or ziplock bag full of meat hanging out in the freezer, then grab a pen and some post-it notes, because we’re going to show you how to reheat a lobster. 

How to Reheat Cooked Lobster in the Oven

When it comes to the best way to reheat lobster, the oven method comes out on top. Clare Langan, Culinary Producer on Scraps, says that regardless of the method you choose, gentle heat is key. So, it makes sense to use the oven to reheat boiled lobster. After all, the meat is cooked, you just want to warm it up. That said, she recommends heating the lobster meat (shell-off) in its sauce or if there’s no sauce, a bath of stock or even butter. Here are the steps Langan follows to reheat steamed lobster in the oven. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Put the lobster in a heat-proof/oven-safe dish and cover it with foil. Make sure there is liquid in the dish (the lobster’s sauce, stock, or butter). 
  3. Heat in the oven until the lobster is warm. Depending on your oven, this will take about 10 minutes. 
  4. Take out of the oven and serve. 
  5. Note: Ed McFarland, Chef and Owner of Ed’s Lobster Bar, says if you’re reheating a whole lobster, cut it in half and lay it on a sheet tray. It will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to heat up. 

How to Reheat Lobster on the Stovetop

If you want to reheat boiled lobster in under 15 minutes, then the stovetop method is the way to go. But before you get cooking, McFarland says to make sure to remove the leftover lobster from the shell. Here, he goes over how to reheat boiled lobster on the stovetop:  

  1. Choose a saucepan or skillet that’s big enough to heat the lobster evenly. 
  2. Use a little stock or broth in a sautéed pan clam broth in the skillet. He says lobster stock or chicken stock will work best and you can decide to do this with or without butter. 
  3. Bring the stock up to a simmer and add the lobster. It will take about 10 minutes to warm up, then add the butter. 
  4. Heat until it is thoroughly warm and serve.  

How to Reheat Lobster on the Grill

If you consider yourself a grill master, then get ready to fire up your bbq, because you’re about to learn how to reheat a lobster using this method. Here are the steps McFarland follows to reheat steamed lobster on the grill. 

  1. Preheat your grill on high. 
  2. Lightly coat the lobster in olive oil and season with salt and pepper (If the leftover lobster is out of the shell). 
  3. If the leftover lobster is still in the shell, just heat it shell side down on the grill and do not flip it over. This will produce very flavorful lobster in both cases. 
  4. Grill until thoroughly heated. 
  5. Remove, cool, and serve!

How to Reheat Lobster in the Microwave

The microwave is great when you’re crunched for time. But when it comes to the best way to reheat lobster, the microwave is last on the list. In fact, McFarland does not recommend this method. However, he does recognize that some people need to make things happen in a jif, so if you must use the microwave, here are the steps he recommends.

  1. Make sure the lobster is removed from the shell. 
  2. Wrap the lobster in a damp paper towel so it stays moist. 
  3. Heat in three to five-minute increments until the lobster is hot. 
  4. Take out of the microwave, unwrap from the towel, and serve. 

How to Reheat Lobster Tail

Lobster tail is best fresh, but if you find yourself with a leftover lobster tail, you can use the oven or toaster oven to heat it up. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Put the lobster in a heat-proof/oven-safe dish and cover it with foil. Make sure there is liquid in the dish (the lobsters sauce, stock, or butter). 
  3. Heat in the oven until the lobster is warm. Depending on your oven, this will take about 10 minutes. 
  4. Take out of the oven and serve. 

How to Reheat Lobster Claws

Just like with the lobster tail, you can reheat lobster claws in the oven. Follow these five steps to reheat leftover lobster claws in the oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Wrap the lobster claws in foil.
  3. Place the lobster claws on an oven-safe baking sheet or pan.
  4. Heat in the oven until the lobster is warm. Depending on your oven, this will take about 10 minutes. 
  5. Take out of the oven and serve.  

How to Reheat Cooked Lobster In Its Shell

If your dinner is still taking up residence in its shell, you have two choices to reheat steamed lobster: in the oven or on the stovetop. 

Oven method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Put the lobster in a heat-proof/oven-safe dish and cover it with foil. Make sure there is liquid in the dish (the lobsters sauce, stock or butter). 
  3. Heat in the oven until the lobster is warm. Depending on your oven, this will take about 10 minutes. 
  4. Take out of the oven and serve. 

Stovetop method:

  1. Find a pot large enough for your leftover lobster and add water. Make sure it has a steamer basket in it. 
  2. Bring the water to a boil. 
  3. Place the lobster in the basket (on its back) and cover.
  4. Reheat on medium heat for about five to eight minutes. 
  5. Take the lobster out of the pot and let it cool before serving. 

How to Reheat Lobster Meat

Lobster meat that’s already out of the shell is fairly easy to reheat. Since you’re only dealing with the meat, you can use your stovetop and a skillet. Here are the simple steps to reheat leftover lobster meat. 

  1. Choose a skillet or frying pan big enough to hold the meat (and give it room to move around). 
  2. Add enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Turn the heat on medium and add the leftover lobster meat. 
  4. Move the meat around in the skillet while it is reheating. 
  5. After four to five minutes, check the color of the meat. Your lobster meat is ready to eat when the flesh is pearly and opaque. 

How to Reheat Frozen Lobster

If your leftover lobster is in the freezer, your first step is to thaw it gradually by placing it in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re short on time and need to thaw your fish quickly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says to seal the leftover lobster in a plastic bag and immerse it in cold water. Or, if you plan on reheating it immediately, you can microwave it on the “defrost” setting and stop the defrost cycle while the lobster is still icy but pliable. You can then choose one of the methods described above to reheat a lobster. 

And on days when taking the time to reheat boiled lobster is not in the cards, Langan recommends serving it cold. “Chop some herbs, maybe a stalk of celery or some shallot and fold it into chilled lobster meat with some mayo or warm butter, add a squeeze of lemon, and you have the best lobster salad for a homemade lobster roll or to top a salad.”

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