This super easy broiled lobster tail recipe makes an amazingly rich and delicious seafood main that is sure to impress family and friends! Follow along to make these fabulous lobster tails that turn out tender, juicy, and perfectly flavored each and every time!
My Broiled Lobster Tails are succulent, delicious, and sure to impress!
I love fresh, tender lobster seasoned with rich melted butter and succulent lemon juice – so I made this recipe! My lobster tails are perfectly seasoned and then cooked under the broiler, so it’s as easy can be!
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of preparing these lobster tails! It’s so much easier than you might think, and my detailed, thorough instructions and recipe tips make it easy!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
So Quick! These delightful lobster tails are done in just a few minutes! That means you’ll spend more time enjoying their delicious flavor and much less time cooking!
So Fresh! Whether you’ve used fresh or frozen lobster, the flavor is so amazing and is perfectly accented by the lemon and butter seasoning!
A Show-Stopper! Who isn’t impressed by a perfect lobster tail? Whether you’re having a dinner party or just serving to the family – these lobster rolls are going to wow everyone!
My super easy lobster tails only use five ingredients! If you can’t get your hands on fresh lobster, frozen is perfect!
- Lobster Tails – Buying lobster tails is a much easier and cheaper way to get your lobster craving! It’s easier to prepare and still delicious to enjoy. (See Tips & Recipe Notes)
- Butter – Lobster almost always needs butter! You’ll want the butter to be melted so you can easily brush it onto the lobster tails.
- Lemon – Fresh lemon juice perfectly brightens the lobster tails! For this recipe, you’ll juice half and then cut the remaining half in to wedges to serve.
- Sea Salt – Sea salt effortlessly complements the flavors of the lobster!
- Ground White Pepper – I like white pepper here because it adds a little bite while not leaving black specks on the meat of the lobster! (See Tips & Recipe Notes)
Want a little extra flavor on these amazing lobster tails? Try a delicious lemon-pepper butter or use my Cajun seasoning to make Cajun butter! Simply add your choice of seasoning to the melted butter, then mix and brush onto the lobster tails!
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
This recipe takes just 15 minutes! If you’re familiar with preparing lobster, it’ll probably be even faster!
- Prep Broiler. Start by placing your oven rack within the upper ⅓ of your oven, then turn the broiler onto high. If you have a broiler with temperature settings, you should set it to 500°F (260°C).
- Prep Lobster Tails. Prepare your lobster tails by using sharp kitchen shears to carefully cut through the top half of the lobster shell down to the base. Keep the tail attached and be sure not to cut deeply into the lobster meat!
- Clean Lobster Tails. De-vein the tail (remove any black strings, dirt, or grit) if needed. Then, flip the lobster tail over and gently press on the ribs. Flip back over and use your fingers to separate the lobster meat from the shell. It should still be attached to the tail!
- Finish Preparing Lobster. Lift the lobster meat above the shell, then pinch the shell together to hold it in place. Lay the meat over the shell and then set the lobster tail on your baking sheet. Repeat for each lobster tail, then you’re ready to season!
- Season Lobster Tails. Brush ¼ cup (½ stick) of melted butter evenly over the prepared lobster tails, then squeeze ½ of a lemon evenly over the tails. Then, sprinkle over ½ teaspoon of sea salt and a pinch of white pepper evenly amongst the tails.
- Broil Lobster Tails. Place the baking sheet with your lobster tails under the broiler and broil for 1 minute per ounce (3 minutes for a 3-ounce tail, 5 minutes for a 5-ounce tail). The lobster meat will be firm and opaque when done. *Lobster should be no more than 140°F (60°C) when done, do not go over 145°F (63°C) as your lobster will be overcooked and tough.
- Serve. Remove from oven when done and serve immediately with extra lemon wedges.
💭 Tips & Recipe Notes
Unsure of the best lobster to use? Let me help!
- You’ll typically have options between cold water and warm water lobster. Cold water lobster is preferable because they have a more tender, white meat that has a cleaner flavor. Warm water lobster is softer and can sometimes have an off flavor.
- You can ask the fishmonger at your grocery store if the lobster they provide is cold water or warm water – you can also tell a warm water lobster by the black spots that cover their shells!
Like shrimp, lobsters have their digestive tract running through the tail (also called the vein).
- While it’s not harmful to eat, it doesn’t taste the best, so you might want to remove it!
- You can also ask your fishmonger to prepare the lobster tails for you if using fresh.
The best way to defrost frozen lobster is in the fridge overnight!
- You can also place the tails in a storage bag under cold (never, ever hot) running water until they’ve thawed if you’re in a pinch!
Never used white pepper? It’s so versatile!
- White pepper is simply regular peppercorns with the black shells removed! It has a milder flavor and white color that is great for dishes where you want pepper flavor with no black specks!
- Not only can you use it in this recipe, but you can also use it in cream soups and sauces, mac and cheese, and really anywhere!
🥡 Storing & Reheating
You might not have any leftover lobster tails! If you do, you can refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 days in the fridge. If you don’t have an airtight container, you can also use a storage bag or wrap the tails tightly in plastic cling film or aluminum foil.
Freezing Cooked Lobster Tails
Did you know you can freeze cooked lobster meat? It’s best here to remove the cooled lobster meat from the shell and place it in a freezer storage bag, removing as much air as you can.
You can then keep the lobster meat in the freezer for 3 to 6 months! This is a great way to have lobster meat on hand for soups, salads, or lobster rolls!
Reheating Broiled Lobster Tails
I recommend the oven for reheating these delicious lobster tails! Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the leftover tails or meat in a baking dish covered in foil.
If you wish, you can place a couple of pats of butter and/or a drizzle of water to keep the tails moist. Bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the tails reach a temp of 140°F (60°C).
🦞 More Great Lobster Recipes
- Lobster Risotto
- Boiled Lobster
- Lobster Mac & Cheese
- Lobster Mac & Cheese Burger
- Homemade Lobster Stock
- Lobster Artichoke Dip
For this recipe, I use the broiler which cooks the lobster meat super quickly when it’s prepared in this way. If you were to keep the shells completely enclosed over the meat, it may not cook properly under the broiler. You can, however, try boiling or steaming the whole tails that way if you prefer!
There are so many options! You can use leftover or prepared in advance meat for lobster risotto, lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese, or even lobster artichoke dip! You can even use the shells in a homemade lobster stock! Lobster is so versatile and goes well with so many things!
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Broiled Lobster Tail
- 4 lobster tails (fresh or thawed)
- ¼ cup butter (½ stick, melted)
- 1 large lemon (juice of half, serve with wedges from remaining half)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pinch ground white pepper
- Place your oven rack in the upper ⅓ of the oven and turn the broiler on to high.
- Prepare your lobster tails by using sharp kitchen shears to gently cut through the top half of the lobster shell, down to the base of the tail. Keep the tail attached at the end and be careful of the lobster meat while cutting!4 lobster tails
- Devein the tail and remove any dirt or grit if needed. Flip the lobster tail over and press on the ribs gently. Then flip back over and use your fingers to separate the lobster meat from the shell, leaving it attached to the tail.
- Lift the meat above the shell then pinch the shell together under the meat to hold it in place. Lay the meat over the shell and set the lobster tail on your baking sheet. Repeat for each lobster tail.
- Brush melted butter over prepared lobster tails then squeeze lemon juice onto each and season with sea salt and ground white pepper.¼ cup butter, ½ teaspoon sea salt, 1 pinch ground white pepper, 1 large lemon
- Place baking sheet with lobster tails under the broiler and broil for 1 minute per ounce (3 minutes for a 3-ounce tail, 5 minutes for a 5-ounce tail). The lobster meat will turn opaque when done. *Lobster should be 140°F (60°C) when done, do not go over 145°F (63°C) as your lobster meat will be over-cooked.
- Remove from oven when done and serve immediately.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!