How to reheat cooked lobster tails

Updated February 21, 2017

When you purchase lobsters, they most likely be live, and you will put them directly into the steamer pot. But, if you have a leftover lobster tail from a restaurant or you purchased precooked lobster, you will need to reheat just the tails. If you put the tails into a steamer pot, the delicate meat in the tail could fall out since the lobster's shell likely will have been cracked. There is a better way to reheat lobster tails.

Preheat the oven to 176 degrees C (350 degrees F).

Place each lobster tail on a single sheet of aluminium foil.

Sprinkle the water over the lobster tail.

Crimp the aluminium foil tightly around the lobster tail to form a closed pouch.

Place the aluminium pouch on a baking tray and place it into the oven at 176 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 18 minutes. Do not open the foil pouch before the time is finished. Serve hot with butter and lemon if desired.


You can substitute 1 tsp of water with 1 tsp of butter and steam as directed above if you want butter steamed lobster tails. Be sure to use at least 1 tsp of water to prevent the lobster tails from drying out.

Things You'll Need

  • Precooked lobster tails
  • 2 to 3 tsp water
  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking pan
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