12-14 Ounce XL Lobster Tails from Maine
These jumbo-size lobster tails are harvested from whole lobsters that weigh about 2.5-3 lbs. While it won’t leave a guest feeling stuffed on its own, only the heartiest of eaters will feel the urge to take on a second XL lobster tail. It can make for a great lunch-style combo when paired with your favorite soup recipe, or simply the featured entrée with a few different side dishes.
In terms of fine-dining experiences, we also recommend this choice when serving it as a standalone dish in a multi-course meal. Like the largest whole, live lobsters, steaming is often preferred over boiling to avoid overcooking the outermost layer of meat. If you have experience cooking lobster, this can be a great way to show off your cooking skills and challenge the notion that larger lobster tails can’t be cooked to tender-but-firm perfection.
That said, as you can see, you’ll also have to splurge even more per pound than you would for other lobster tails. Due to their scarcity, XL lobster tails are typically the most expensive choice. Most people only choose this jumbo size for the show-stopping display or as a one-time novelty.
Cooking Times for XL Maine Lobster Tails
As the size of the lobster tail increases so does the difficulty in getting the timing just right, but it can be quite the thrill to cook delicious tails of this size. Let’s start with the basic range of cooking times for XL lobster tails. If cooking large batches of more than 6 tails at a time, then it may be necessary to cook the tails for an extra couple minutes, especially if you don’t move the tails to ensure more even cooking. These are just guidelines, some trial-and-error may be necessary to produce the best results.
Boiling Times for 12-14oz Lobster Tails
Steaming Times for 13-14oz Lobster Tails
Fresh Maine lobster tails can also be broiled, baked, or grilled.
Why Maine Lobster Tails?
For overall quality, the size of the lobster tail is insignificant compared to its type and origin. Maine lobster tails are by far the most coveted in the world. These lobsters yield a sweeter-tasting meat but with a firmer texture. This is why Stanley Park focuses primarily on Maine lobster tails. If you’re looking to offer a true fine-dining experience for a special occasion, this is the way to go. All the tails on this page will deliver a surprising amount of sweet, firm, and delicious lobster meat.