Preparing Lobster Tails
Baked - Thaw tails in refrigerator. Split the shell through the center using a sharp knife. Pull shell apart slightly. Place the tails, split side up, in a pan with 1 inch of water. Put 1 tsp. butter on each tail. Sprinkle each tail with 1 tsp. paprika. Bake in 350-degree oven until meat is solid white.
Boiled - Place frozen tails in enough boiling water to cover them completely. Boil until shells turn orange-red and meat is solid white. If desired, serve with melted or drawn butter.
If the shrimp will be served in a hot liquid, remove the shell before cooking. If they are being poached for later use or will be grilled, leave the shell on. It imparts flavor to the meat during cooking. Shrimp are done when they turn pink and can be cooked in as little as three minutes.