Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe + How to Butterfly (VIDEO)

Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

LOBSTAAA!! Broiled lobster tails are easier than you think and take only 10 minutes in the oven. Watch the video tutorial and learn how to butterfly and prepare some seriously delicious lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor.

That lemon butter lobster sauce is tantalizingly good. We used it on our most popular salmon recipe that won the heart of the internet a few years ago and for good reason. Many of you have shared that it’s the only way you make salmon now (which makes my heart go pitter pat). If you love lobster, I hope this becomes your new favorite way to make Lobster tails.

P.S. Read about the “Labor of Love” party that my son’s class is doing at the bottom of this post. So SWEET!! 

Watch How to Butterfly and Make Broiled Lobster Tails:


They look and taste like restaurant quality lobster tails. It is an elegant and romantic dinner idea (think Valentines Day!). P.S. before Valentines Day, lobster tails tend to go on sale along with filet mignon so keep an eye out for that at your local grocery store. I spotted lobster tails for $5 each in Fred Meyers yesterday.

Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor.

What You’re Saying about this Recipe:

We originally posted this lobster tails recipe exactly 1 year ago and it has 21 FIVE STAR reviews which is amazing. Read some of the glowing reviews and you’ll realize quickly this is a winner! Lobster can be intimidating so we decided to make a video tutorial for folks to realize just how easy it is!

Shannon writes: “I Made these for Christmas dinner appetizers and it will be on our menu forever now! Thank you for sharing!”

Ricky writes: “This was so good! I was so nervous making this because lobster is a special restaurant meal only. It was amazing! Thanks for your wonderful recipe.”

Naphtali writes: “This was so so good! I was so nervous making this because lobster is a special restaurant meal only. It was amazing! My husband said it was the best lobster he has ever had!!!”

Factsmaam writes: “Oh my gosh! I made these tonight for Christmas EVe dinner. They were fabulous and totally easy. Thank you for the recipe and giving a an Xmas Eve dinner fit for kings!”

Read more reviews here.

Ingredients for Broiled Lobster Tails:

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

Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor.

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  1. Broiled the Lobster tails in this casserole dish.
  2. Our favorite small saucepan for sauces
  3. Checked for doneness with an instant read thermometer.
  4. Plated it on this gorgeous blue serving platter.

Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor.

HUBBA HUBBA!! Is your mouth watering yet?

⬇Print-friendly Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe:

Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe + How to Butterfly (VIDEO)

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor. Don't skip that garlic lemon butter to serve.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $25-$35 (Varies by season)
Calories: 176 kcal
Servings: 4 lobster tails

Ingredients

  • 4 lobster tails about 4 to 6 oz each
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter divided

Instructions

How to Butterfly Lobster Tails:

  1. Place lobster tails shell-side up with the tail end away from you. Cut through the top of the shell Snipping through the shell and top portion of the meat as you go. Stop at the base of the tail.
  2. Flip the tail over to the see-through side and crack the ribs using both thumbs down the center. This helps open the shell. Remove and discard the vein if you see one.
  3. Carefully run your thumbs down the sides of the meat to loosen it from the shell (CAREFUL! Those shells can be sharp!). Lift the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base then press the shell together underneath and set the lobster meat back over the top, opening up the meat to butterfly the tails. Butterfly remaining tails and transfer to a casserole dish.

How to Make Broiled Lobster Tails:

  1. Preheat oven to Broil on high heat with rack in the center of the oven. Place the rack so the top meaty portion of the lobster tails is about 6" away from the top heating element.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients: 1 Tbsp parsley, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp salt, pinch black pepper, 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil. Stir to combine then spoon it all over the lobster tails. Dot the top of lobster tails with 2 Tbsp of butter.
  3. Arrange lobsters in a rimmed oven-safe casserole and place under the preheated oven broiler to broil 10-11 minutes or according to the lobster tail size chart below. The finished lobster should be white and opaque in the center and register at least 145˚F on an instant read thermometer.

How to Make Lobster Dipping Sauce:

  1. As soon as lobster tails come out of the oven, transfer to a serving platter. Pour drippings from the pan into a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt in 2 Tbsp butter and remove from heat just as soon as the mixture starts simmering. Spoon the lobster butter sauce over the tails and serve. You can also serve the sauce in ramekins on the side for dipping.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe + How to Butterfly (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 429mg 18%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor.

My son’s class is doing the most amazing project this year called the “Labor of Love Party” for Valentines Day. The class is collecting donated items that will go into a large ziploc bag (snacks, toiletries, cough drops, etc.) and they will package them for distribution to the homeless or hungry in our area. I’m so excited about this and what an amazing way to show love. I hope it inspires you like it does me!

Broiled lobster tails are easier to make than you think. Video tutorial on how to butterfly lobster tails. Broiled lobster meat is crazy tender, juicy and every bite is bursting with fresh lemon butter flavor. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Gloria
    December 11, 2018

    I tried this recipie and the Lobster turned out amazing!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 11, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Josh
    November 13, 2018

    Honestly, when I first saw, I immediately began to play receptors in the mouth. Surprisingly, the most difficult thing in the recipe is to buy lobsters:) They are not sold in my city, so I had to ask a friend that brought. I had two attempts. The second time it turned out very tasty. I was surprised-it turns out I can cook. Thank you for giving me emotions and shared a very tasty dish! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      I’m so happy you were able to make this work Josh!! Thank you for the wonderful review!! Reply

  • Ashley
    November 10, 2018

    The best lobster I’ve ever had. I can’t believe I made it! 😆 Thank you so much. I feel like the Dijon makes the flavor pop and the sauce at the end is just perfect. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Cynthia Bates
    October 16, 2018

    I couldn’t find the thumbs up but these r the best lobsters that I ever tasted and very easy to cook. Thank you. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Heather Mcdavitt
    September 13, 2018

    I loved the instruction on preparing the lobster for cooking and the final results. Excellent ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Heather! Thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • Joe
    August 22, 2018

    I made this tonight. My first time cooking Lobster Tails. My family loved it. My wife who does not like butter or mustard would have kept eating these if there were extras! Thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 22, 2018

      You’re so welcome! Thank you for the great review, Joe! Reply

  • Kathy
    March 3, 2018

    can i use my toaster oven? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2018

      Hi Kathy, I think it would work in a good toaster oven if it has a broil option. Reply

  • Crab Dynasty
    February 23, 2018

    I would have never thought how Dijon brings out the flavor of lobster. Thank you for sharing along with the dipping sauce. I made it and turned out great. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2018

      My pleasure! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Kevin Gillespie
    February 13, 2018

    When you say broil on high… What temperature? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 13, 2018

      Hi Kevin, most ovens have a broil setting but an oven broils at 550˚F and should only be pushing heat from the top heating element on the broil setting. Reply

  • Megan
    February 9, 2018

    My husband loves seafood and lobster is something he’s requested. This is a great tutorial for someone who’s never made lobster and since I don’t want to eat it, haven’t ever learned. Thanks for the help! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2018

      My pleasure Megan! I’m glad you find it so helpful! 🙂 Reply

  • Alena
    February 9, 2018

    Hi Natasha! Would this taste good without the Dijon mustard? I’ve had it in my fridge for some time and had to throw away an almost full bottle because only used it just once or twice for a recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2018

      Hi Alena, we really love the dijon here and it adds amazing flavor, but I think it could still work without it. When we make our salmon butter spread it is a similar list of ingredients in the flavored butter. Reply

    • Brendi
      February 16, 2018

      You can successfully substitute dry mustard, moistened with a tiny bit of white wine or water, for the Dijon. Another trick is to freeze it. Just place 1 tsp blobs on a piece of parchment or waxed paper, cover and freeze, then store in a container. Thaw and use as needed. If its grainy when you thaw it just add 1 or 2 drops of boiling water and whisk it back to smoothness. Reply

  • S Trimm
    February 8, 2018

    Are these raw lobster tails or pre cooked? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2018

      Hi, I always use raw. If you go with pre-cooked, they will be rubbery and overcooked after broiling. Reply

  • Dylan Scott
    February 6, 2018

    The lobster tails turned out amazing great recipe Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Awesome, I’m happy to hear that Dylan! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Natalie
    February 5, 2018

    The labor of love idea is so neat! And these lobster tails look like a winner. Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes with us :). Looks like the perfect romantic dinner. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 5, 2018

      Isn’t it the sweetest thing? I’m so excited for it :). I hope you love the lobster tails. They are such a treat 🙂 Reply

  • Kira
    February 3, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    This looks delicious! Is the Dijon mustard or the garlic prominent at all? I want to make this for my family but my 4 year old really doesn’t like mustard or strong garlic flavor at all. What do you think?
    By the way, I love your website and think you all are doing such a wonderful job! Great recipes and so awesome that it’s a family effort!
    Take care!
    Kira Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Hi Kira, neither is overpowering or prominent. They mellow out with broiling. Just be sure not to oversalt or add more lemon juice than what is called for in the recipe which can be overpowering if that happens (speaking from experience). I hope you and your family loves the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Denise Hebrank
    February 2, 2018

    What a wonderful class project. Teaching compassion and empathy being reinforced at school that which is being taught at home💗 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2018

      It really is a such a beautiful and thoughtful idea. I just love that they are learning that in the classroom 🙂 Reply

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