Broiled Lobster Tail Recipe
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Broiled Lobster Tail Recipe

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No matter where you live, these succulent, buttery lobster tails are just a few minutes away. Here in Wisconsin, we use frozen lobster with delicious results, but if you're near the ocean, by all means, use fresh! —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 lobster tails (5 to 6 ounces each), thawed
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into thin slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 lobster tail: 211 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 211mg cholesterol, 691mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Preheat broiler. Using kitchen scissors, cut a 2-in.-wide rectangle from the top shell of each lobster tail; loosen from lobster meat and remove.
  2. Pull away edges of remaining shell to release lobster meat from sides; pry meat loose from bottom shell, keeping tail end attached. Place in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan. Arrange butter slices over lobster meat.
  3. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until meat is opaque, 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Recipe may be prepared using a compound herb butter in place of plain butter. To make compound butter, process 1/4 cup softened butter with fresh herbs and seasonings of choice in a small food processor. Transfer mixture to a sheet of waxed paper; roll into a log, then refrigerate until firm. To use, unwrap and cut into thin slices. Lemon-Chive Compound Butter: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon minced shallot, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel and 1/4 teaspoon salt to butter. Chimichurri Compound Butter: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon minced shallot, 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to butter.
Originally published as Broiled Lobster Tail in Simple & Delicious December/January 2017

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Ellie31773 User ID: 5796034 264590
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017

"I never knew making lobster would be this easy! Love the chimichurri butter recipe at the end."

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