The pros: Trader Joe's Langostino Tails are frozen, precooked, and ready to be added to a dish where you might use shrimp or another seafood. This also requires less prep as they are already cooked.
The cons: I think too many people pass these buy because they don't know what to do with them. That's a shame because this is a good product. If you really, really like these then buy them at Costco because they'll work out much cheaper.
The verdict: I've only seen Langostino Tails sold in two places: Costco and Trader Joe's. For the uninitiated, Langostinos are actually called Squat Lobster. Yes, not the most appealing name. So Langostino is actually Spanish for little lobster. But don't think that a place can sell this to you as lobster. Long John Silvers used to sell lobster bites, but the FTC ruled that Langostinos cannot be sold as just lobster. They have to add the word langostino or squat in front of lobster otherwise it would create customer confusion between what many associate with lobster, like Maine lobster for example. So while, this is called squat lobster, it's not really lobster but not really prawn either.
So, if you've never picked up a bag of these, then you are in for a treat. If you like the taste of lobster but the texture of shrimp then that is what you are getting here. These are frozen individually, but this does not come in a resealable bag which is kind of a bummer. Otherwise, don't be afraid to experiment with these. I've used them in a ceviche or in place of shrimp. The only thing you'll have to do differently is treat this like cooked shrimp. You'll just need to adjust any cooking times, or enjoy these cold in a seafood salad or Langostino Roll. I opted to make mine into a ceviche where I did not have to worry about eating anything that was raw.
For $12.99 for a twelve ounce package, these aren't terribly overpriced, but they aren't the best price around either. I've seen them sold at Costco with the seafood. It's a larger package, but isn't too much more expensive. But if the thought of going to Costco makes you cringe, then it's not a bad deal either. If you've been hesitating on trying this, then don't be afraid of what to do with it. I like these, I've bought them several times.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Langostino Tails:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
After being prepared in a ceviche you get something that looks like this (and yes, the recipe is posted at the bottom of the page):
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Langostino Tails again. I enjoy both the taste and texture of shrimp and lobster. Plus, they are already cooked so I can put together a quick dinner in almost no time.
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Here is my recipe for Langostino Ceviche
- 12 ounce package of Trader Joe's Langostino Tails defrosted
- 3 Limes juiced
- 1 Small Shallot chopped fine
- 1 Garlic Clove chopped
- ½ Jalapeno seeds removed and chopped fine more if you like heat
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Handful of fresh parsley chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Defrost bag of Langostino Tails in the refrigerator overnight. Drain to remove excess water and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl mix the rest of the ingredients
- Add the Langostino tails to the mixing bowl or move it into a decorative serving bowl
- Allow to sit for 30 minutes to marinate in the refrigerator.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!