Florida Lobster Tails, or "Bugs"

Jane Whittaker


We live right on the ocean and friends that shrimp, lobster, and fish.
This is what I do with some of the shrimp, and most of the time the lobsters, or as we call them "Bugs".
Feel free to add more or less ingredients to your steaming water, I never measure, just dump everything in.


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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 4 medium
    lobster tails depends on their size how many you need
  • 8 c
    water, or enough to steam the lobsters want them above the water
  • 1 large
    lemon, cut in half
  • 1 large
    onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium
    cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c
    white wine, whatever you like to drink, for this i like chardonnay
  • 1 to 2 tsp
    hot sauce, more if you like
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot horseradish
  • 1 tsp
    each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
    dill weed

How to Make Florida Lobster Tails, or "Bugs"


  1. You will need something to steam the lobsters in I have a pot with a steamer insert in that I use for this
  2. Before you cook the lobster tails, take a sharp knife and cut them to split the shells. Don't cut them in half, just cut them so eating them will be easier when they are cooked
  3. Put everything in the water except the lobster tails.
    Bring the seasoned water to a simmering boil.
  4. Put the lobster tails in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until they turn bright red, and flesh is translucent. this could take from 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the lobster.
  5. Serve with melted butter.

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About Florida Lobster Tails, or "Bugs"

Course/Dish: Fish Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American

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