About Courtney ODell

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style. Courtney writes the popular creative lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs- a site devoted to delicious everyday recipes, home decor, crafts, DIY inspiration, and photography tips to help make your every day extraordinary.
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  1. Linda Jennings

    I prepared two beautiful tails following your recipe for last night Valentine's dinner. They were sooooo good he asked me to marry him! LOL now back to reality, I have tried several ways of preparing lobster, and I have to admit these were delicious. One bite and it was a wrap we loved it.

    • Courtney ODell

      .... um hold up? An engagement?? CONGRATS!!!! Such an awesome memory for Valentines. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  2. Arlene

    Thank you so much for the wonderful lobster dish.....perfect surprise for my husband. 🙂

  3. Barb

    I tried this and it was great. Lobster was perfect. Not overcooked. Thanks for the tip. We are having again today

  4. Vicki Cross

    Look great Lobster thanks for the inspiration

  5. Vicki Cross

    Look great look I would like to cook

  6. Cindy

    What about the size? In grocery stores,they are normally 3-4-5 oz. that's small.im in SWFL, where I can easily get bigger ones,so what's the recommended times for different sizes,you think?

    • Courtney ODell

      Cindy - I'm in Denver where we get very small fish. I'd check at 10 minutes, and increase cooktime by checking every 3 minutes or so thereafter if it is still a ways from being opaque.

      • Michelle

        This is perfect for Valentine's Day

      • Wayne Hueske

        Fantastic recipe !!

        • Schatzie Gibbons

          I tried the baked lobster recipe. It is genius! The "baking" which turned out to be indirect broiling and the seasoning was superb. My husband and I thought it was the best lobster we'd ever had. The smoked paprika and garlic butter was a fabulous taste that didn't over power the lobster and was very easy to do. I want to try other of her recipes. I have cooked well for a long time and am very impressed!

          • Courtney ODell

            I'm so glad you loved it!!!

  7. Karla

    What size of lobster tails should I buy!

    • Courtney ODell

      Whichever size you like! This recipe is adaptable, so you can cook it a little longer if you can get your hands on some large, beautiful tails!

  8. Giata Ferrara

    Way to go. This is the simple and best way to do lobster. I commend you on a job well done.

  9. Jason Edwards

    Most ovens have a broiler option. When that option is used the method involves placing the meat/seafood either on the highest or 2nd highest rack -- never in the middle. The idea is to have the lobster 6 inches or so from the heat source. That's called "broiling".

  10. Lafe Dutton

    With kudos to the sailer, I agree with him about boiling them first. So, they are also divine broiled without boiling as this recipe instructs. I made it with the paprika and butter tabs, doused them with Meyer Lemon.... OMG.

    Thanks. Simply perfect.

  11. Leslie

    Lobster tails were on sale at the grocer last week, so I had to indulge. I stumbled across this quick & easy recipe, as despite the sale price, I didn't want to ruin them. This recipe was so quick & easy. I swapped the paprika with Old Bay, because that was my preference. The tails were perfect! I called a girlfriend & told her about the seafood sale & passed on the recipe. She called me gushing over how yummy hers turned out! Thanks for the easy break down!

    • Courtney ODell

      I am so happy to hear that Leslie! It is seriously the most simple, easy, and delicious way to make lobster - I was always afraid of making it because I've had some terrible home-made lobster tails in the past. I am really touched you sent my recipe to your friend! Thanks so much!!!

  12. Luis

    Sorry. It says broiled but you say to put in oven...do I put it in the broiler or the oven?

    • Courtney ODell

      I put it under the oven broiler on high- some people have separate broilers.

  13. John Eldredge

    It's a good recipe, but I'm a sailor and went to school there and kinda know lobster. Lobster is not cooked. Live lobster is boiled for five minutes (or less). Once they get to room temp, tails and commercial things only need a bit of browning heat; not ever cooking heat, because the grill temp is good enough. A lobster should never be chewey. A typical creamy inside with a crispy outside is good.

    Don't wreck the food because of an insistence on following blogs.

    • Jeanie

      I will have to try this next time.. they were good but chewy broiled.

    • RJ

      Thank you John E.! Even though I pulled these at a little past the half-way point cause they were obviously getting too done already, they were indeed rubbery! So I'm bewildered reading all these glowing reviews and wondering where I went wrong. I've only cooked lobster at home a couple times in my life -and those were few and far between- so I followed whatever info was found at the time- but they were always great. No rubber! I can only surmise that it's the cooking time that is to blame and we need to check progress after 3-5 minutes, and just keep a close eye on them from there. Just to clarify, my rack was set one up from middle, not the highest level, so I doubt that proximity to the heat source was an issue. But lobster should not be chewy... 🙂

  14. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Oh, goodness! These look amazing! Mouth watering! Thanks for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Yes, I'm finally back to blogging. Here is the link to this week's bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/04/make-it-pretty-monday-week-133.html Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    These are perfect and mouth watering! I'll be featuring these at Best of the Weekend this Friday on my blog!

  16. Lou Lou Girls

    This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  17. Nicky Corbishley

    Quick, delicious and sophisticated. Loving this!!

  18. Thao @ In God Flavor

    I would like two of these please! Lobster is on the my list of last request dinner must-haves. These tails look so succulent!

  19. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    It's been too long since I last had lobster. Thanks for the inspiration - I have to go out and get some.. these tails look divine!


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