Alleged Outback Employee Reveals How Lobster Tails Are Prepared in Viral Video

An alleged Outback Steakhouse employee has revealed how the restaurant chain prepares its lobster tails in a now-viral video—and the internet is not impressed.

The video was posted to TikTok over the weekend by @Dirtdawg420, who wrote: "Them gourmet lobstas [sic]!!" Already, the post has received more than 3.5 million views and over 150,000 likes.

At the beginning of the video, the TikToker pulls a bin of lobster tails from the kitchen's refrigerator and sets it on the counter. He then removes two tails from the bin and places them into a separate pan with a bit of water before popping them into the microwave.

"Straight microwave," says the TikToker as he starts the microwave's timer. "This that gourmet s**t."

Once two minutes have passed, the TikToker removes the tails from the microwave and covers them in what appears to be melted butter.

"It's the fresh, steamed lobsters there," he says as he puts the finishing touches on the lobster.

Outback's website promotes "steamed lobster tails" that are "cooked to order." Though the steaming method employed in @Dirtdawg420's video may not have been what viewers were expecting, it is possible to steam food via microwave.

According to the Food Network, "steaming" is "a moist heat cooking method, during which boiling water evaporates into steam. That steam, along with whatever you are cooking, is trapped in a pot with a tight-fitting lid, which creates the perfect, hot environment to cook the food."

The network went on to say that using a microwave is "possibly [the] easiest" way to steam food.

"This method will work best with vegetables, and all you need is a bowl and some microwave-safe plastic wrap," the network explained.

"Place your food in the bowl, add a few tablespoons of water, and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, taking extra care to make sure the plastic wrap doesn't touch the food itself. Then microwave for 4-6 minutes until fork tender."

Steak and lobster
An alleged Outback Steakhouse employee has revealed how the restaurant chain prepares its lobster tails in a now-viral video, and the internet is not impressed. The above image shows a plate of lobster, steak and a lemon wedge. rez-art/istock

Still, some viewers were disappointed to watch the lobster tails go into the microwave.

"I'm offended," said user MalMal.

"It doesn't even take that long to cook lobster but yet you still need to use a MICROWAVE," commented Bailey and Luna.

"The way I order lobster all the time...I feel bamboozled," wrote Caaaaannnndy.

Matt3187 added: "And this is why I cook at home. Save money and cook way better food than any of these restaurants."

Newsweek reached out to Bloomin' Brands—the company that owns Outback Steakhouse—for comment.