How to Cook Lobster Tail // Video

Easy and elegant, I’m sharing the best way to cook lobster tail for tender, sweet, buttery results. This Baked Lobster Tail recipe is soooo simple you’ll be serving it up at every holiday and dinner party.

Baked lobster tails on a white platter with lemon and parsley.

It’s the holiday season and we all want to impress our family with something leaning more towards the swanky side of things….am I right? I always made the mistake of trying something new…something with a lofty cooking goal, when it came to contributing a food item to the holiday table.

I have had many kitchen fails that fell precisely on the biggest holiday of the year and I do believe that some of my family members were convinced I couldn’t cook a thing. And then I started a food blog….the irony. But I did make sure I perfected a few easy things to get on the table when I didn’t feel like breaking a sweat in the kitchen…..like how to cook lobster tail.

When I was little, we used to go to a fancy restaurant about once a year and I always ordered the lobster tail. I remember it came out perched perfectly on it’s shell with a little butter warmer next to the plate….like my own personal candlelight. The lemon was wrapped in yellow cheesecloth with a green ribbon tied to the top.  It was so very extra for that time in my life and it’s still one of my favorite memories.

So, it was only fitting that I master how to make Lobster Tail at home and you won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to do!

Lobster Tails on a white platter with a silver spoon drizzling melted butter over top.

What is the best way to cook a lobster tail?

There are a few different ways you can cook a lobster tail but my favorite way is to bake lobster tail in the oven. Baking lobster tail with a pat of butter on top yields, tender, sweet, moist lobster meat that’s buttery and perfect.

I prefer baking lobster tail over broiled lobster tail because the lobster meat cooks evenly throughout instead of the top of the lobster tail drying out before the rest of the lobster is cooked through.

Overhead shot of three baked Lobster Tails with lemons and parsley on a white platter.

How do you cook frozen lobster tails at home?

Since most lobster tails at the grocery store are sold frozen and not fresh, you will have an extra step to take before you start the cooking process.

  1. Start by thawing your lobster tails by placing them in a resealable bag and submerging them in cold water. Thawing will take approximately 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the lobster tails from the bag and begin cutting the top of the shell lengthwise with a pair of kitchen shears.
  3. To Butterfly your lobster tail: Carefully crack open the shell slightly and begin to pull the meat away from the inside of the shell gently being careful not to crush the shell. Leave the end of the meat attached to the tail and flip the meat up over the top of the shell.
  4. Remove the dark vein from the center and discard.
  5. Place the baking tails on a baking sheet and top with a pat of butter.
  6. If desired, add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the baking sheet to create a little steam. This step will help ensure your lobster tails stay tender.
  7. Bake the lobster tails for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per ounce at 425 degrees.  Your lobsters are done with they are firm, white and no longer translucent.
  8. Serve your baked lobster tails with melted butter and lemon wedges, if desired.

Baked lobster tail on a white platter with lemon and parlsey.

How to broil a lobster tail:

If you want to broil your lobster tail instead of baking the lobster tail, you can do it just as easily by following these steps:

  1. Start by thawing your lobster tails by placing them in a resealable bag and submerging them in cold water. Thawing will take approximately 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the lobster tails from the bag and begin cutting the top of the shell lengthwise with a pair of kitchen shears.
  3. To Butterfly your lobster tail: Carefully crack open the shell slightly and begin to pull the meat away from the inside of the shell gently being careful not to crush the shell. Leave the end of the meat attached to the tail and flip the meat up over the top of the shell.
  4. Remove the dark vein from the center and discard.
  5. Place the baking tails on a baking sheet and top with a pat of butter.
  6. Preheat the broiler.
  7. Broil the lobster tails approximately 6-8 inches below the broiler until the lobster meat is opaque and lightly browned….about 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve the lobster tail with melted butter, lemon wedges and fresh snipped herbs, if desired.

Baked Lobster Tail being drizzled with melted butter.

Because lobster tail is fairly lean but still rich in flavor, I like to serve it with these easy sides:

Loaded iceberg wedge salad with a balsamic glaze being drizzled on top from TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

 

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy lobster other than this easy lobster tail recipe are:

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

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How to Cook Lobster Tail

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lobster tail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Kellie

The best way to cook a frozen lobster tail at home....Baked Lobster Tail is simple and fool proof. Tender, juicy and sweet...this is the perfect dinner to impress.

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Ingredients

  • 4 8 ounce lobster tails thawed, if frozen
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • fresh chopped parsley and chives, if desired
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Carefully, using kitchen shears, cut the top of the lobster shell horizontally from the front to the tail. 

  3. Using your hands, carefully loosen the meat from the shell and lift it up through the top of the shell. Lay the lobster meat on top of the shell and arrange on a baking sheet meat side up.

  4. Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of the lobster meat and repeat with the remaining lobster tails.

  5. Bake the lobsters for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the meat is white, firm and no longer translucent. 

  6. Drizzle the lobster tails with melted butter and sprinkle with fresh snipped herbs, if desired. Serve with lemon wedges.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Lobster Tail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Calcium 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

10 comments on “How to Cook Lobster Tail // Video”

  1. So beautiful! Thanks for the easy step by step instructions and tips!

  2. Thanks for the brilliant tutorial!!

  3. I’m excited to make one of my favorite special meals at home now!! Thanks for sharing the recipe + video too!

  4. I loved how tasty this is! Thanks for the tips!

  5. These pictures are making my mouth water! I can’t wait to make this!

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