This lobster tail recipe is incredibly flavorful! This quick and easy recipe takes only 20 minutes total. The meat comes out juicy and buttery. This baked lobster tail recipe is great for so many occasions. Make it for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, holidays and more!

Lobster tail recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This lobster tail recipe is quick and easy.
  • Only a few ingredients needed.
  • The lobster meat comes out so flavorful.
  • This lobster meat is great as is or on top of salads.
  • The butter and garlic add a great flavor.
  • This recipe is Whole30 friendly, Paleo, Keto, gluten free, nut free, low carb and sugar free.
  • It is suitable for many diets.
  • Check out this Cod Fish Recipe for another seafood favorite.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for lobster tail recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use thawed lobster tails. If you only have frozen, completely thaw first.

Melted butter adds the perfect flavor to lobster. For dairy free, use dairy free butter. In addition, melted ghee can be used.

Minced garlic pairs well with butter. If needed, use garlic powder.

Paprika adds a subtle hint of spice. For a more mild flavor, omit.

Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Lobster with other ingredients.

Buying Lobster

The two types of lobster shells are soft shell lobsters and hard shell lobsters. This depends on whether the shell has been recently shed. Soft shell lobster is slightly more sweet and usually preferred. On the other hand, they can be more difficult to transport. Hard shell meat is more savory, yet tougher.

This lobster tail recipe works with either type of shell.

If possible, buy lobster closest to the ocean. Lobster is much fresher in Maine and Florida than the middle of the country. This is not always possible obviously.

Ways to Cook Lobster

There are several different ways to cook lobster.

Broiling lobster is easiest. This involves an oven, a pan, and the lobster. This process usually takes under 30 minutes total.

In addition, lobster can be baked at a lower temperature for a longer time. This is also straightforward.

A common method involves boiling the lobster. While this method is easy, the lobster will not be as flavorful as broiling or baking.

Feel free to grill lobster too! This adds a more hearty flavor.

Taste & Texture

This lobster tail recipe tastes like lobster meat, butter and garlic. No surprises.

The meat is juicy, tender and buttery.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Prepare the lobster tails. Use kitchen scissors to slice down the center of each lobster tail shell.

Step 3

Then, use your hands to loosen up the lobster meat. Pull the lobster meat upward and settle it on top of the lobster shell.

Step 4

Place butterflied lobster tails on a pan.

Tails on pan.

Step 5

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, minced garlic and paprika.

Butter and seasonings in bowl.

Step 6

Pour this melted butter mixture all over lobster meat.

Lobster with melted butter.

Step 7

Cook for 9 to 10 minutes or until meat is opaque and no longer translucent.

Garlic butter lobster.

Step 8

Finally, carefully remove from oven. Top with fresh parsley and more butter if desired.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use thawed lobster tails. Do not use completely frozen ones.

Follow photos above for how to butterfly a lobster. Or, read directions below.

Be very careful when handling the lobster meat.

Do not skimp on the butter. This helps the meat retain its moisture.

Do not over bake this lobster tail recipe! Lobster is done when meat is opaque but not rubbery.

How to Butterfly Lobster

This is how to butterfly a lobster tail.

First, use sharp kitchen shears to cut down the middle of the tail.

Very gently pry open the two sides with your hands. Be careful. Shells are very sharp.

Use hands to gently pull lobster meat upward.

Then, settle meat on top of lobster shells.

Then, proceed with recipe.

Seafood with garlic.

How to Serve & Store

Serve this lobster tail recipe with more butter, fresh herbs and butter.

These tails can be enjoyed alone, with a side salad or veggies.

Alternatively, add meat to the top of salads. Or, use lobster meat for lobster tacos or lobster mac and cheese.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

I do not recommend freezing cooked meat.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to cook lobster tail?

This is personal preference, but I prefer this method of cooking at a high temperature.

Is lobster tail better baked or broiled?

Both are great options!

How long should lobster tail be cooked?

Lobster tail does not take long to cook. In a hot oven, lobster tails only take about 10 minutes.

Can I make it dairy free?

Sure! Use dairy free butter to make this dairy free lobster tail recipe.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten free.

Lobster meat.

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This lobster tail recipe is incredibly flavorful! The whole recipe takes only 20 minutes to make. The lobster meat comes out juicy, buttery and delicious. Great for family dinners, holidays, and special occasions!
5 from 10 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lobster tails
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • fresh parsley, to garnish

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the lobster tails. Use kitchen scissors to slice down the center of each lobster tail shell.
  • Then, use your hands to loosen up the lobster meat. Pull the meat upward and settle it on top of the lobster shell. See photos above for reference.
  • Place these butterflied lobster tails on a pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, minced garlic and paprika.
  • Pour the melted butter mixture all over lobster meat.
  • Cook for 9 to 10 minutes or until meat is opaque and no longer translucent.
  • Finally, carefully remove from oven. Top with fresh parsley and more butter if desired.

Notes

  • Use thawed lobster tails.  If you only have frozen, thaw completely before making this recipe.
  • See above in the blog post for step by step photos for how to butterfly the tails.
  • Feel free to season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Do not cook too long.
  • Be careful opening the oven door.  The temperature is very hot!
  • Serve with a slice of lemon if desired.
Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 358mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 391IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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