Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter Sauce

Get your fancy-pants on.  That’s right.  It’s lobster tail time.

I very rarely eat seafood.  I eat seafood like lobster even less frequently.  It’s because I live in Indiana, I think.  Fresh seafood is hard to find here.  But, considering I am moving to the East Coast very shortly (like, almost 2 months from now….so excited!), I should probably get some seafood cuisine in my repertoire, right?  I’m thinking it might have to be a “once-a-month” type of thing.  Part of this whole “extending my culinary horizons” mentality.

I was making dinner for my parents the other night when my dad surprised me with fresh lobster tails.  JACKPOT!  I immediately realized that this was going to be one of the best dinners in a long time.

Now, as far as prepping and tips on broiling the lobsters, I urge you to visit Annie’s website for her very detailed, simple and picture-laden tutorial.  As soon as I got the lobster tails, I texted her to let her know that I would be relying heavily on her blog post from around Valentine’s Day this year.  We both texted excitedly about lobster and macaroni and cheese, and then I set off to prep the lobster tails as she has outlined on her website.

So, with a little improvisation for a garlic butter sauce to baste the lobster tails in and with some guidance from Annie’s blog, these lobster tails may be one of the simplest and most delicious impromptu dinners ever.  Aren’t they beautiful?

Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter Sauce

Servings: 2


2 fresh lobster tails

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter, plus more for clarified butter (Annie also tells you how to clarify butter….)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Salt, to taste

Fresh lemon wedges for garnish, plus lemon juice to taste


1. Place an oven rack in the medium position and preheat the broiler.

2.  Place the prepared lobster tails on a foil-lined baking sheet.

3. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, paprika, garlic powder, white pepper, and salt.

4.  Using a silicone brush, gently brush the lobster tails thoroughly with the butter mixture.

5.  Broil the lobster tails until opaque and cooked-through.  ** My broiler took about 10 minutes to accomplish this.

6.  Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice, if using, and serve immediately with clarified butter.

Source:  Preparation and cooking instructions directly from Annie’s Eats.


April 11, 2011 - 8:46 am

Ashley - They look so tasty and beautiful!! I don’t think I’ve even seen one at a restaurant look so pretty.

April 11, 2011 - 10:04 am

Kathy - Wow, they look amazing. That’s my very favorite thing on the planet to eat. I know everyone thinks I eat only sugar. I hope you get to eat many more in your new home.

April 11, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Tracey - I wanted to run out and buy lobster tails after Annie posted about them this year. I live on the east coast and I’ve eaten plenty of lobster, but never cooked a tail myself. Need to remedy that soon! Yours look terrific!

April 11, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Happy When Not Hungry - I remember seeing these on Annie’s blog! They look absolutely amazing. Nothing beats lobster and melted butter. Yum!

April 11, 2011 - 6:07 pm

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living - These are gorgeous – restaurant quality for sure! I love Annie’s blog, and remember her posting these lobster tails. Thanks for the reminder :).

April 11, 2011 - 8:30 pm
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April 12, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Patty - Wowee – gorgeous indeed!

April 12, 2011 - 11:38 pm

baobabs - OMG this looks amazzzzzzing!!!!! stunning photos, i could almost taste the food just looking at it!

April 18, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Annie - Yay! So glad the tutorial was useful to you. YUM, LOBSTER!

July 19, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Christine @knapkins_com - Quick Tip I learned: An hour before cooking, keep the lobsters in refrigerator. They will be in a deep state of sleep. Remove them from the refrigerator just before cooking. This is also good cause their tails don’t twitch when cooking. I heard you can hypnotize them too?! Too funny… tick tock tick tock 🙂

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January 1, 2014 - 12:23 am

Madeleine Holdsworth - Just made this for our New Year’s dinner. Brilliant!!!

February 1, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Rose Grayer - I just finished making this recipe! My fiancé’ said it was better than Red Lobster! Great recipe. This one is a keeper!!!

February 15, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Pearl Galbraith - Just made these for our belated Valentine’s dinner! Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing and the wonderful pics!

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T. M. - You say ” prepared lobster tails ” but I am not sure what you mean by Prepared ?

July 23, 2014 - 3:23 pm

srlacy - Hi T.M.-

By that I mean, the lobster tails that have already had their shells cut and opened for you. Most places sell them already prepared that way.

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