Lobster Tails Recipe with Garlic Lemon Butter

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

This is the only Lobster tails recipe you’ll ever need and it’s surprisingly easy! The broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and each bite is tantalizingly flavorful, especially after dipping into the warm garlic lemon butter. Dunk it in, take it for a swim, watch the excess drip off your fork and enjoy.

I honestly think this is the best thing I’ve ever cooked. THIS is the way you should eat lobster.

Make broiled lobster tails at home for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion and you’ll pay less than half of what you’d drop in a nice restaurant and GET THIS: it totally tastes gourmet! The garlic and dijon sauce was inspired by my wildly popular baked salmon and everyone who tries it loves it.

P.S. I included step-by-step photo instructions on how to prepare and butterfly lobster tails so you can make the most impressive posh-looking lobster tails like a boss :).

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Lobster Tails Recipe:

4 lobster tails (5 to 6 oz each)
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, very finely chopped, plus more for garnish
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

Lobster tails tend to go on sale before holiday’s like Valentines day. I found these 5 oz Lobster tails at Fred Meyer on sale for $6 each. Not bad! You can serve 4 people at $6 each or splurge on 2 people for $12 each which is still amazing for LOBSTER!!

How to Prepare/Butterfly Lobster Tails:

1. Use kitchen scissors to cut through the top shell of the lobster tail, stopping at the base of the tail and snipping through the top portion of the meat as you go.

2. Flip the tail over to the back sea-through side of the tail and crack the ribs in the center. This will help open the shell.

3. Open the shell using your thumbs and fingers and loosen the meat from the shell (remove vein if present). Work carefully – shells can be sharp! Lift the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base. Press the shell together and set the lobster meat over the top. The bulk of the lobster meat should be sitting over the top of the shell.

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Broiled Lobster Tails:

1.Place rack in center of oven so when you bake, the meaty tops of your lobster tails will be at least 6 inches from the top heating elements. Preheat oven to broil on high heat.

2. In a small bowl, add the marinade ingredients: 1 Tbsp parsley, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 tsp dijon, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice. Stir to combine.

3.Place butterflied Lobster Tails into a 9×13 or 8×12 roasting pan. Divide the marinade evenly over the tops of each lobster tail and dot each tail all over with 1/2 Tbsp of butter cut into smaller pieces.

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4. Broil lobster tails on high 10-11 minutes (or according to the lobster tail size – see chart below). When done, lobster meat should be opaque and white in the center and register 145˚F on an instant read thermometer. Transfer lobster tails to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

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5. To make the Garlic Lemon Butter: drain drippings from the roasting pan into a small saucepan and combine with remaining 2 Tbsp butter, bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Pour over lobster tails or divide into small ramekins and use as dipping sauce.

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

Broiling Times for Lobster Tails:

Smaller (3 to 4 oz) lobsters 6 to 8 minutes
Medium (5 to 6 oz) lobsters 10-11 minutes
Larger (7 to 9 oz) lobsters 12-15 minutes (with rack in middle of oven)
Broil lobster meat until opaque and white in the center, or 145˚F.

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

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Lobster Tails Recipe with Garlic Lemon Butter

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This is the only Lobster tails recipe you'll ever need and it's surprisingly easy! The broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and each bite is tantalizingly flavorful, especially after dipping into the warm garlic lemon butter.
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Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost To Make: Varies by season
Serving: 4 lobster tails

Ingredients

  • 4 lobster tails (5 to 6 oz each)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, very finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 1½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided

Instructions

How to Prepare/Butterfly Lobster Tails:

  1. Use kitchen scissors to cut through the top shell of the lobster tail, stopping at the base of the tail and snipping through the top portion of the meat as you go.
  2. Flip the tail over to the back sea-through side and crack the ribs in the center. This will help open the shell.
  3. Open the shell carefully using thumbs and fingers and loosen meat from the shell (remove vein if present). Lift the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base. Press the shell together and set the lobster meat over the top. Most of the lobster meat should be sitting on top of the shell.

How to Make Broiled Lobster Tails:

  1. Place rack in center of oven so the meaty tops of your lobster tails will be at least 6 inches from the top heating element. Preheat oven to broil on high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together marinade ingredients: 1 Tbsp parsley, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tsp dijon, ¼ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp pepper, 1½ Tbsp olive oil and 1½ Tbsp lemon juice.
  3. Place butterflied Lobster Tails into a 9x13 or 8x12 roasting pan. Divide marinade evenly over the tops of each lobster tail and dot each tail all over with ½ Tbsp of butter cut into smaller pieces.
  4. Broil lobster tails on high heat 10-11 min (or according to the lobster tail size - see chart). When done, lobster meat should be opaque and white in the center and register 145˚F on an instant read thermometer. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with parsley if desired.
  5. To make the Garlic Lemon Butter: drain drippings from the roasting pan into a small saucepan and combine with remaining 2 Tbsp butter, bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Pour over lobster tails or divide into ramekins and use as dipping sauce.

Notes

!Broiling Times for Lobster Tails:
Smaller (3 to 4 oz) lobster tail 6 to 8 minutes
Medium (5 to 6 oz) lobster tail 10-11 minutes
Larger (7 to 9 oz) lobsters tail 12-15 minutes (with rack in middle of oven)
Broil lobster meat until opaque and white in center, or 145˚F.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Lobster tails pair perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. So good!!

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

Enjoy this incredible lobster tails recipe, my friends and let me know if you try it. I can’t tell you enough how good this is! You’ll just have to find out for yourself! 😉 Thank you so much for pinning and sharing this on Facebook with your lobster loving friends. This recipe is so worth discovering! 🙂

The ONLY Lobster Tails Recipe you'll need! Broiled lobster tails are juicy, flavorful, and quick to make! + How-To butterfly lobster tails photo tutorial! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Elana
    June 16, 2017

    Thank u so much for this recipe!!! It was perfect!!! Your the best!!!

    I also saw u at Legoland🙈 You have such a beautiful family and your an amazing mama! God bless u! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 16, 2017

      You’re welcome Elana! I’m glad you love it. Thanks for sharing your kind comments and I hope you had as much fun as we did at Legoland! God Bless 😀 Reply

  • Alena
    June 13, 2017

    Do I broil on high or low? Thank u Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2017

      Hi Alena, broil on high. Reply

      • Alena
        June 13, 2017

        Thank u Natasha!!!!!! Reply

  • Allison
    May 9, 2017

    A friend at work told me about Natasha’s kitchen and I am so grateful! I love how simple yet so delicious these recipes are!
    I made these lobster tails last night and they were amazing!!! I felt like we ate better than we could have at any restaurant! The lobster tails turned out so beautiful and tasted just as good as they looked! I really appreciated the step by step directions to butterfly the lobsters, it made it so easy!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Pure perfection!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2017

      My pleasure! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe Allison! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Sara Murphy
    March 24, 2017

    Hello! I run a kitchen at a camp. I want to make this for our staff, however, my industrial oven does not have a broiler. Any suggestions? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2017

      Hi Sara, I always use the broiler for this recipe. You might search for a baked method rather than a broiled method. I found this baking method at 375˚F for 20-25 min which might work well, but keep in mind that is for larger 8-10 oz tails so it would be faster with smaller lobster tails.  Reply

  • Gail
    March 15, 2017

    Will this work if the tails are frozen. Or should they be defrosted first? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2017

      Make sure to defrost the tails. They should be fully thawed and it’s best to thaw in the fridge. Reply

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