RE: Fried lobster tails
Since I posted this thread 3 years ago, I've had the opportunity to try fried lobster tails a few times, although still prefer them steamed. The ones at the CrabTrap in Somers Point NJ were excellent.
In my mind, it's no different than shrimp - I like steamed shrimp and I like them breaded and fried too. It just depends on my mood. Same for flounder or sea bass - if the fish is fresh, it's hard to choose between fried or broiled.
But I can understand the "purist" comments. I kind of cringe when I read about crab cakes. When I was growing up, our family had a boat on the Chesapeake bay so we ate copious amounts of blue crabs. Why take good crabmeat and add a bunch of stuff and make crabcakes when you could have a bowlful of crabmeat swimming in browned butter?