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Broiled Lobster Tail

Wondering how to cook lobster tail? This recipe is for you! 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, use fresh! —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Broil 5-6 in. from heat until meat is opaque, 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; serve with lemon wedges.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 lobster tail: 211 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 211mg cholesterol, 691mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Janis
    Aug 17, 2020

    How much butter? One stick?

  • BeckyJCarver
    Dec 25, 2019


  • Ellie31773
    Apr 12, 2017

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