BROILED LOBSTER TAILS RECIPEBroiled lobster tails are a delicious seafood dish, with a flavorful butter sauce and ultra-quick cooking time. This is the best-broiled lobster tail recipe for celebrations, holidays, or date nights at home
- Prep time - 10 minutes
- Cooking time - 10 minutes
- Total time - 20 minutes
- Servings - 4
- 4 - Lobster tails (10 oz each)
- ¼ cup (or ½ a stick) - Melted butter
- 2 cloves - Garlic (crushed)
- 2 tsp - Lemon juice
- ½ tsp - Smoked paprika
- 1 pinch - Cayenne pepper
- If the lobster tails are frozen, then thaw them overnight in the fridge, or in a bag submerged in cold water on the counter for around 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to Broil (500˚F or 260˚C). Set the oven rack in a manner that the lobster tails placed on a baking sheet should be 4-5 inches away from the broiler.
- Butterfly the lobster tails. Using a kitchen knife, cut down through the center of the shell lengthwise, starting from the end opposite the tail fins, continuing through till you reach the tail but DO NOT cut the tail. You will be cutting through the top of the shell. Just don't cut through the bottom shell.
- Now, use your thumbs and fingers to pry open the shell on top, then gently pull the lobster meat upward, separating it apart from the bottom shell, leaving the end attached to the tail fin intact. Lightly push the empty shell underneath and place the row of meat on top.
- Keep the lobster tail on the baking sheet.
- Whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, melted butter, smoked paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl. Brush this butter mixture on the lobster meat.
- Finally, broil your lobster tails till the meat becomes opaque and lightly browned, (about 1 minute per individual tail).
FAQS ON Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe
Ideally, it’s best to broil the lobster tails for about one minute per ounce and placing the lobster tail about 4-5 inches from the heat on the top rack in the oven. The lobster should turn opaque in color with a white center. It is always best to use a meat thermometer to make sure the lobster tails don't overcook.
Broil 10-ounce lobster tails for around 10 minutes, while 5-ounce lobster tails should take around 5 minutes. If you want to be absolutely certain, use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for cooked status — the perfect internal temperature of the meat should be 140˚F.
It’s better that you discard the claws, the tail, the head, and then the legs. Also avoid eating the cartilage, shells, and tail vein, as they're not edible or tasty.
Fresh salad Coleslaw, Pasta Salad, Steamed clams or mussels, Potato Salad, Clam Chowder, Corn on or off the cob, Mac and cheese
Undercooking lobster is always better than overcooking it as overcooking makes the lobster tough. Remember that they will continue to cook for a minute or so when removed from the heat. If the lobster is undercooked, you always have the option to add it back to the boiling water for another minute.
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