How to Broil Lobster Tails

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For a fast and flavorful method to cooking lobster tails, look no further than our guide to Broiled Lobster Tails! Before the cooking begins, it’s important to start with the best ingredients. At Maine Lobster House, we specialize in the finest quality Maine lobsters that are freshly sourced, flash-frozen and delivered directly to your door. 

With fresh lobsters in hand and a few simple ingredients, you can have a remarkable dinner on the table in no time. 

Begin by defrosting your lobster tails for around 30 minutes in a large bowl of cold water. If lobster is still frozen, replace your bowl with fresh water and continue to thaw for another 15-30 minutes. Larger tails may take a little longer to defrost. 

Once your lobster tails are fully defrosted, you can begin cooking. Following the simple steps below, you can have a delicious broiled lobster dinner for friends and family to enjoy. 

What You’ll Need:

Tools:

  • Large Bowl
  • Kitchen Shears/Scissors
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Baking Dish
  • Spoon or Pastry Brush
  • Instant Read Thermometer 

Ingredients:

  • Maine Lobster Tails
  • Butter (Salted or Unsalted)
  • Seasonings of Choice (such as fresh garlic, lemon juice, paprika, or Old Bay Seasoning)

Broiled Lobster Tails

  1. The first step to making broiled lobster tails is to turn on your broiler. Set it to high. 
  2. While your broiler is heating up, prep your lobster tails. Split the shell of the lobster tail using kitchen scissors, carefully cutting lengthwise down the back. 
  3. Gently pull the lobster meat out of the shell so it sits on top. 
  4. Create a butter sauce to season your lobster tails using 2 tablespoons of butter for each tail, plus your choice of seasonings such as garlic, lemon, and paprika or Old Bay seasoning. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan and add desired seasonings. 
  5. Next, place your butterflied lobster tails in a baking dish and spoon the sauce overtop. Make sure to fully coat all of the lobster meat. Reserve the remaining butter to baste the lobster meat halfway through cooking. 
  6. When your oven is fully preheated, place the tails inside. Make sure to place your baking dish in the middle of the oven, and not directly under the broiler. 
  7. Lobster tails will broil at about 1 minute per ounce. If you’re cooking 8 ounce lobster tails, remove from the oven at 4 minutes, basting  each tail with the butter sauce once more. Place back in the oven for an additional 4 minutes, or until the lobster meat is opaque white and the shell is bright red. 
  8. Check that your lobster is fully cooked by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the lobster meat. Thermometer should read 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  9. Serve lobster tails hot with flavored butter sauce or classic clarified butter.  

It’s that easy! The most important thing to remember when broiling lobster tails is to keep an eye on them. The cooking happens quickly, and you’ll want to make sure they are fully cooked without getting overdone. 

For more cooking ideas visit our all-inclusive guide to cooking lobster tails. Ready to make some of your own? Place your order for lobster tails with Maine Lobster House today.

broiled lobster tails

Broiling Lobster Tails

Course Main Course

Equipment

  • large bowl
  • kitchen shears/scissors
  • small sauce pan
  • baking dish
  • spoon or pastry brush
  • instant read thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • maine lobster tails
  • butter (salted or unsalted)
  • seasonings of choice (such as: fresh garlic, lemon juice, paprika, or old bay seasoning)

Instructions
 

  • The first step to making broiled lobster tails is to turn on your broiler. Set it to high
  • While your broiler is heating up, prep your lobster tails. Split the shell of the lobster tail using kitchen scissors, carefully cutting lengthwise down the back
  • Gently pull the lobster meat out of the shell so it sits on top
  • Create a butter sauce to season your lobster tails using 2 tablespoons of butter for each tail, plus your choice of seasonings such as garlic, lemon, and paprika or Old Bay seasoning. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan and add desired seasonings
  • Next, place your butterflied lobster tails in a baking dish and spoon the sauce overtop. Make sure to fully coat all of the lobster meat. Reserve the remaining butter to baste the lobster meat halfway through cooking
  • When your oven is fully preheated, place the tails inside. Make sure to place your baking dish in the middle of the oven, and not directly under the broiler
  • Lobster tails will broil at about 1 minute per ounce. If you’re cooking 8 ounce lobster tails, remove from the oven at 4 minutes, basting  each tail with the butter sauce once more. Place back in the oven for an additional 4 minutes, or until the lobster meat is opaque white and the shell is bright red
  • Check that your lobster is fully cooked by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the lobster meat. Thermometer should read 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Serve lobster tails hot with flavored butter sauce or classic clarified butter