This 10 Minute Perfect Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe is the quickest, tastiest, and easiest way to cook lobster tail – get perfect oven broiled lobster tails every time! The best juicy, tender, and delicious recipe to broil lobster tail in the oven for a restaurant style lobster tail dinner in under 10 minutes.
How I Discovered the Best Baked Lobster Tail Recipe
I love lobster – but I didn’t always love lobster!
Lobster tails are something I actually really detested until I worked at a country club’s dining room one summer during college, when the head chef heard I hated lobster, he decided he’d get me to love it.
I had always had horribly overcooked, gummy, and blandly boiled lobster- and it had always tasted fishy to me (which I am not a huge fan of).
Granted, I never had baked lobster tails like this recipe —- but rather overboiled, gummy lobster recipes.
The chef at the country club I worked at, however, served me some of the most sweet, salty, and delicate lobster meat ever- and my mind was forever changed!
I instantly tried to come up with my own easy spin on his baked lobster tail recipe – and through some trial and error, I found the easiest method to perfect broiled lobster tails!
This 10 Minute Perfect Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe is the absolute best way to cook lobster.
We’re giving it a slightly smoky flavor with a touch of paprika, as well as a sweet and salty hit of butter.
If you want a never fail easy oven baked lobster tails recipe, this is it!
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Like most seafood, when overcooked, lobster and lobster tail is just a mess.
Its really a shame because it’s so expensive- it ought to always taste fabulous!
This method to prepare lobster tails won’t leave you with gummy, fishy flavor- and it’s one of my favorite tricks I learned from working at a Country Club during the monthly lobster night.
This recipe is lightning quick- and gets you the most flavorful, succulent, and juicy lobster tail just like you’d get at a steakhouse or fancy restaurant. It is the perfect easy romantic lobster dinner – and great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and Anniversaries!
I’ve even been told my easy baked lobster recipe was made by one readers fiance as he proposed – this lobster tail dinner is perfect for a proposal dinner!
How to Cook Lobster Tails with No Fishy Smell
No gummy, dry, or fishy meat here – and this method won’t stink up your whole house – because whats romantic about that?
This is one of my favorite reasons to make oven baked lobster tails – No fishy smell!
This would be really fun for a romantic meal or dinner party- you can prep the tails and place in the refrigerator (I’d cover them to keep the lobster meat from absorbing fridge flavors) and pop them in the oven when it is time to eat.
By baking the lobster tail in the oven, you will avoid stinking up your house with a fishy smell. Keeping a lemon wedge under the lobster tail also helps to cut down on any cooking smell.
How to Cook Lobster Tails In the Oven
It can sound tricky to learn how to cook lobster tails in the oven – but it actually couldn’t be more simple.
Baking or broiling lobster tails is a delicious, simple, mess-free way to make lobster tails every time.
To make these perfect oven broiled lobster tails, you need very little experience in the kitchen.
The most important tips to remember when broiling lobster tails is to cut the shells well, exposing the lobster meat and making it easier to eat when cooked.
Cutting the lobster tail open before cooking will speed up your cooking process and make it easier to judge when the lobster tail has fully cooked – as well as give a chance for the lobster tail meat to soak up tons of deliciously rich flavor from the butter.
I also try to remove the lobster tail from the shell where they are connected underneath – both to put a lemon wedge down to prop up the lobster as it cooks, but also to make it easier to eat when it is done.
How Long to Cook Lobster Tail in Oven
This recipe calls for about 10 minutes of cook time – which will vary a bit based on the size of your lobster tail. If you have a very large lobster tail it will take a bit longer – but smaller tails should be perfect at around 10 minutes.
You can tell a lobster tail has fully cooked when it turns opaque, white, and the shell turns bright red – and the meat has reduced slightly and become firmer.
To ensure your lobster tail is perfectly cooked, insert a digital meat thermometer into the fattest part of the lobster tail (take caution to keep the thermometer away from the shell.)
Fully cooked lobster will be 140-145 degrees internal temperature.
Do NOT overcook lobster – it will result in tough, gummy meat and a fishier flavor.
How to Thaw Frozen Lobster Tails
Since it can be hard to get fresh, gorgeous lobster tails if you don’t live in a coastal area known for lobster, I will often opt for frozen lobster tails when I am making a lobster tail dinner for two.
While fresh is always best, fresh-frozen lobster tails taste just as delicious as fresh lobster tails that were trucked across the country to get to you and sit on a store counter for a few days – so being in a landlocked state like Colorado, I don’t feel bad at all about grabbing frozen lobster tails.
Hot tip: Whole Foods often has frozen lobster tail on sale – watch for sales and stock up or buy ahead of an upcoming special event to serve lobster tails on a budget!
- Let frozen lobster thaw fully before cooking.
- Pop frozen Lobster tails in the fridge the day before you make these.
- You want frozen lobster tails to fully thaw before cooking.
- Leave in the packaging – or place frozen lobster tails on a plate over some paper towels and then covered in plastic wrap to absorb any ice water residue.
- Don’t rush the thawing process in the microwave.
- Defrosting lobster tails in the microwave will make the frozen lobster meat tough.
- The beauty of oven baked lobster tails is the perfect texture – microwaving will only make it gummy and tough.
How To Present Lobster Tail
Lobster tail can look a little wimpy on it’s own sometimes, so if you’re going for a romantic presentation of your lobster dinner and want to know how to wow guests, I have some great tips and tricks for you!
How to Make a Lobster Tail Look Bigger
If your lobster tail looks a bit small in the shell after cooking, you can make it look a bit bigger and fuller by propping a lemon wedge underneath it.
I actually like to cook lobster tails with a lemon wedge underneath because it helps to hold the lobster tail’s shape and make it look more full in the cooked shell – plus it helps keep the shell from spreading open (you can tell, in my older pictures from this recipe I didn’t use this trick and the lobster looks a little wimpier in those pictures.)
Serve Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter
To present your lobster for a romantic dinner, I like to serve it with hot drawn butter to dip the lobster tail in.
There is nothing more delicious than hot, salty, and rich melted butter – but if you’re serving this dinner for a romantic evening, it is best to give your guest a bib or apron since getting butter stains out of dry-clean only clothes can be a bit of a pain.
You can add different herbs and spices to your drawn butter for different flavors – I like to mix a pinch of old bay into drawn butter for a slightly spicy and earthy kick – or some fresh drawn butter with a pinch of garlic powder or lightly browned minced garlic.
How Lobster is Weighed and Sized
Despite being sold by the pound, a single 1-lb. lobster will weigh approximately 14 oz. when cooked.
It will yield 3.5 to 4 oz. of meat when the shell is removed – and this holds true for tails too, as a decent amount of a Lobster tails weight is in the shell (don’t worry you’re wasting that great shell – you can use it in stocks or soups to get great lobster flavor to other dishes!)
How Many Lobster Tails to Serve Per Person
If you’re making lobster tails as the main dish, you’ll want to pay attention to the lobster tail size and weight to be sure you have enough lobster to fill you up.
In general, you should plan for about 8-10 oz of cooked lobster tail meat per person if you’re serving lobster tails as your main dish – meaning two lobster tails per person, unless they are jumbo lobster tails.
Most often frozen lobster tails that are readily available in grocery stores (not from specialty fishmongers, who will have larger Maine lobster tails more readily) are around 4-6 ounces, so plan on about two per person if making lobster tail your main dish.
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To Make This 10 Minute Perfect Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe, You’ll Need:
This easy 10 minute broiled lobster tail dinner is one of my all time favorite meals because it doesn’t require anything fancy or any new equipment – even beginner home cooks probably already have all of the tools you need on hand – and outside of the lobster tails, everything else is easily found at any grocery store!
-Lemon wedges (optional)
10 Minute Perfect Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe
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Preheat broiler to high.
Set lobster tails on a baking sheet or in an oven safe dish.
With sharp kitchen scissors or a knife, carefully cut the top of the lobster tail shell down to the tip of the tail, avoiding the meat. Devein and remove any grit if needed.
Carefully pull shell down, so meat looks like it is sitting on top of shell and open.
To make it look even better, slide a lemon wedge or two under the lobster meat in between the meat and the tail.
Mix spices in a small bowl.
Sprinkle with spices.
Add small pats of butter along the lobster tail.
Place in oven on an upper middle rack.
Let cook until meat is opaque and white, about 8-10 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately with drawn butter.