Sous Vide Buttery Lobster Tails


  • Water
  • 4 raw frozen lobsters tails in their shells
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 large tarragon
  • Kosher or coarse sea salt and ground black pepper
  • Fill a MAX Instant Pot two-thirds or to the Max Fill line with water. Set the machine’s heat-safe trivet in the pot’s bottom. Latch the lid onto the pot.
  • Set the machine to its SOUS VIDE function. Set the timer for 3 hours. Set the temperature for 130°F. Press the START button.
  • Remove the lobster tails from their shells with kitchen shears. Cut the pale white underside from the thicker end toward the fanned tail. Peel open the shell on either side, loosen the meat from the shell, and pull the meat out.
  • Put two tails in a small vacuum-sealer bag; add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 herb sprigs. Repeat with a second bag. Seal the bags on the regular setting of the vacuum sealer. If you don’t have a vacuum-sealer, set two tails in a 1-quart zip-closed plastic bag;
 add half the butter and herb; prepare a second bag in the same way; and seal them both using the water method
  • When the water is at the right temperature, unlatch the pot’s lid and open the cooker. Use kitchen tongs to lower each bag with its lobster tails onto the trivet; use the trivet’s handles to hold the bags down without pressing on them. The bags must not touch; they must have enough room between them that convection currents can circulate between them, as well as between the bags and the insert’s sides. Latch the lid onto the cooker again. Cook for 3 hours.
  • When the machine is finished cooking, ready, unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Use kitchen tongs to take the bags out of the cooker. Split them open and use kitchen tongs to pull out the tails. Discard the bags, herbs, and any liquid in them. Garnish the tails with salt and pepper to taste before serving.
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