- Lobster Tails
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic Cloves
Lemon Garlic Butter Topping
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon finely minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Ways 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.
- Poached lobster – Sometimes this is another term for boiled lobster, and sometimes it means simmering the shucked lobster tails in a layer of butter (called butter poaching).
- 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.
- Boiling – Quickly cooks the meat in hot water, but the flavor can get diluted.
- Steaming – Rapidly yields a clean flavor for those who like to customize their toppings
- Baking – Gives a delicate texture due to gentle steaming at a consistent temperature in the oven.
- Broiling – Lightly browns the shell and meat for more depth in flavor.
- Grilling – Adds a bit of smokiness and char to the meat and shell.
Oven Broiled Lobster Tail
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:
- Mix together butter sauce. Whisk together melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and cayenne.
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!
- Broil lobster tails. Broil lobster until the meat is opaque and slightly browned, about 1 minute per ounce of individual tail.
For example, broil a 10-ounce lobster tail for about 10 minutes. A 5-ounce lobster tail will take about 5 minutes.
The best way to know when the lobster is done cooking is to insert an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the tail. When the internal temperature reaches between 135 to 140ºF (57 to 63ºC) the lobster is ready to eat.
Broiled Lobster Tail
- Brush the flesh with melted butter and season with salt, pepper and paprika if desired.
- Place tails, flesh-side up on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Set the oven rack to the upper position, about 10-inches from the broiler.
- Broil until the shell is red in color and meat is firm, pinkish-white and cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes depending on the size.
- After 4 minutes of cooking time, check every minute after to prevent over-cooking.