Do you know how to reheat steamed lobster?
Lobsters have a unique taste that cannot be replaced by any other kind of meat or seafood. When cooked properly, their firm yet tender meat can be so delicious that you can’t stop devouring it.
But lobsters are generally a big serving, and chances are that you will end up with some leftovers. They can be quite expensive, so throwing the leftovers away is bad idea. Especially when you consider that you can reheat these lobsters without losing its texture and flavor.
Here we will teach you a few methods by which you can reheat steamed lobster while making them taste as if they were steamed freshly.
How to Store Steamed Lobsters?
Before you reheat steamed lobsters, it is necessary to store them properly to preserve that taste and flavors. Here are a few ways to do so:
Whether you have a whole lobster or meat that has been removed from the shell of the lobster, you can easily refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Just place it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It is crucial that it be completely airtight to preserve the flavor and texture.
In case you plan on storing it for more than two days, you will have to freeze the lobster instead.
If you have a whole lobster, place it in a heavy freezer bag while making sure the claws don’t puncture the bag. By using ¼ cup salt for a quart of water, prepare enough salt brine to cover each lobster. Pour the brine in the bag, close the bag tightly and immediately put it in the freezer. You can also use this method for an airtight container instead of a freezer bag.
If the meat has been removed from the lobster shell, it needs to be refrigerated for a while. Then place it in an airtight container or freezer bag, cover it with a salt brine and put in the freezer.
Frozen lobster meat can last up to two months in the freezer.
How to Reheat Steamed Lobster?
There are two best ways to reheat steamed lobsters. Both of these methods result in slightly different flavors, so you might want to try both of them before you decide what method you prefer. Remember to give frozen lobsters ample time to defrost before reheating them.
Since it was steamed before, the best way reheat it is to steam it again.
- Take a large pot and fill it with one inch of water.
- Add a teaspoon of salt and bring the water to a boil.
- Place a steamer basket inside the pot.
- Place the lobsters face down on the steamer basket, or set the meat around the basket.
- Make sure to not stack one lobster over another.
- Cover the pot and bring it to a boil again.
- A 3-pound lobster will take about 30 minutes to reheat thoroughly, whereas a 1-pound lobster will take around 10 minutes. Removed met will take lesser time, around 3 to 5 minutes, depending on their size.
- Remove the lobster from the steamer basket and serve immediately.
You can also reheat steamed lobster in an oven. As stated before, this will give a slightly different flavor but you can experiment to find what you like better.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Individually wrap the lobsters in aluminum foil. Removed meat can be stacked together in a foil, but make sure you don’t over stack them and give them space to reheat.
- Spread a knob of butter in the foil.
- Place the lobsters on a large baking tray.
- Depending on the size of the lobster, it will take up to five to ten minute to hear thoroughly. Keep a check to make sure you don’t overheat the lobster, as that will result in a tough and stingy flavor.
You can try both of these methods and find what suits your needs better. Either way, you will have delicious steamed lobsters even after reheating.