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Dec 20, 2013 06:36 PM

Costco Frozen Lobster Tails

Has anyone tried them? They come 8-9 to a box for @ $90 a box. Cold water. 7-ish oz a piece, if memory serves.

Assume you thaw them correctly (overnight in fridge). Again, anyone tried them?

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  1. Frozen tails are a convenience at best if you are a true lobster lover. They're easy to prepare, but not much flavor. like a fresh lobster.

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    1. re: fourunder

      For those of us on the Left Coast, short of ordering expensive mail order, things like this are usually our only choice. Sadly.

      1. re: c oliver

        That's one reason why i could never live in California...and Dungeness Crabs would never fill the void.

        1. re: fourunder

          I don't consider crab and lobster to be similar at all.

          1. re: c oliver

            I don't either, but I was trying to compare the difficulty in the past to get Dungeness Crab delivered to the East Cost without the astronomical transportation cost affixed to the selling price. ...and moving to the west cost, the Lobster would be in a similar situation and thus the DC would not fill the void.

            1. re: fourunder

              When Costco has their seafood road shows, you can get dungies in the stores in the northeast. I saw then this week in NH.

              1. re: treb

                They're pretty much always available in the the Asian markets I in tanks....but no Jumbo's(2+)

                1. re: fourunder

                  Even on the West Coast, 2+#ers aren't so easy to come by any more. I read somewhere that the bigger ones get sold to restaurants who can charge a premium for them. But it is a real treat to them that size.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    last time I had them here in NJ, a friend carried them on a plane....he purchased at Pike's Market. When i visit family for Chinese New Year's in San Francisco, they always have them on the table....

          2. re: fourunder

            We do get fresh local lobster here. From Sept. 28 through March 14 spiny lobster season is on.

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        1. Yes, they're Pacific lobster tails, Costco carries them quite often. Good value.

          1. $10/tail or $23/lb? Convenient, yes, but I think you could do better with live lobsters, even in Minn. Having said that, in Pa, frozen lobster tails at one place I go run 25-30/lb

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            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

              $17.50 a pound for the frozen tails at Costco. Live lobster @ $17 a pound in Mpls. I'd rather eat the live lobsters because I happen to love some of the guts. But convenience, as you noted.

              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                Try Restaurant Depot if you know somebody who has a membership. Much cheaper.

              2. I have not tried them but I have bought 5 lb cases of 4 oz cold water tails (Oyster Bay Brand) from Restaurant Depot. Sale price in 2012 was $14.99 lb, sale price 2013 was $15.99 lb. I was there the other day and they were about $17.50 a lb "not" on sale.

                I wrap them in butcher paper to cover the sharp edges of the shells and them vacuum seal them in pint bags. Year in the freezer is no problem and having them on hand is a great convenience.

                I normally have them with steak. I remove the thin bottom side shell (where the little feet are) and quickly cook them over screaming lump charcoal in the BGE while the steaks are resting. (I put them meat side down then flip them so the shell side is down for even cooking.

                The reason I went into the cooking method is because IMHO I get great flavor cooking them this way, maybe its the smoke still being created from the steak drippings I don't know. I actually prefer them to a fresh steamed lobster but I guarantee you I am in the minority on this one.