This guide has all you need to know about cooking lobster tails – how to prepare lobster tails (butterfly them), how to cook lobster tails, and the BEST broiled lobster tail recipe – all in just 20 minutes!
HOW TO BUTTERFLY A LOBSTER TAIL
The best way to broil lobster tails starts with butterflied lobster tails! While this may look complicated, I promise that it’s easier than you probably think.
Here’s how to prepare lobster tails before you cook them:
Butterfly the lobster. Using kitchen shears, cut down the center of the shell, all the way to the tail, but not cutting the tail. You want to cut through the top of the shell, but don’t cut through the bottom.
if you cut the meat that’s fine??
In fact, it cooks a bit more evenly if you do. The important part is not to cut through the bottom shell, though.
Push lobster meat above the shell. Slightly push together the empty shell underneath and place the row of meat on top.
Place butterflied lobster tail onto a lined baking sheet. See? Your homemade lobster tails are already starting to look like you got them from a fancy restaurant, even before cooking…
HOW TO COOK LOBSTER TAIL
Once you have it butterflied, there are several options for how to cook lobster tail:
Broiled lobster – This method is in the oven under the high heat of the broiler. My easy lobster tail recipe is broiled!
Baked lobster – Similar to the broil method, but under normal heat. I find that the high heat of broiling gets a more tender inside than regular baking.
Boiled lobster – This is one of the simplest methods, as it just involves cooking the tails in boiling water. But, I find the flavor is not as good as lobster cooked with butter.
Grilled lobster – You can even cook lobster tails on a grill if you like! We don’t have nice weather enough during the year for this to be my go-to method.
HOW TO BROIL LOBSTER TAILS
The next step in the best broiled lobster tail recipe is the butter sauce! It’s super quick and easy.
Here’s how to broil lobster tails with butter sauce:
TIP: Make sure to use crushed garlic, not minced. Crushed will mix better with the other ingredients and prevent burning.
Brush lobster tails with butter. It’s important to coat all the lobster meat so that it stays nice and juicy – this is the best way to cook lobster tails!
TIP: See the instructions below to calculate how long to broil lobster tails, including examples. They look like this when they are done:
Garnish and enjoy! Finish your lobster tails with lemon wedges and fresh parsley. You can also serve with melted butter on the side.
HOW LONG TO BROIL LOBSTER TAILS
The cooking time for broiled lobster will vary depending on the size of the tail. A standard lobster tail is about 5 ounces, so the 10 ounce tails pictured are jumbo!
HOW TO COOK FROZEN LOBSTER TAILS
Cooking frozen lobster tails is just as easy as fresh ones, and depending on where you live, it might be preferable to buy frozen tails. We’re in Minnesota, so I prefer to buy lobster frozen – this way I know it’s fresh when I thaw it out!
HOW TO THAW LOBSTER TAILS
Thawing out lobster tails is a simple step in this easy lobster tail recipe! You have two options for thawing:
Fridge: Thaw the lobster tails in the refrigerator overnight. Make sure to check your tails an hour or so before you plan on cooking them, to ensure they are fully thawed!
Cold Water: Place lobster tails in a zip lock bag and submerge in water for 30-60 minutes, until thawed completely.