Learn how to make the BEST broiled lobster tails that are tender, succulent, and has the perfect amount of garlic lemon butter. You can make these elegant and classy lobster tails in under 20 minutes!

Seafood is known for being classy and is often served at weddings and other lavish events. But, did you realize you can make it at home even on a busy weeknight? Why wait for a special occasion to crop up when you can dig into one of these home-cooked lobster tails.

I enjoy all sorts of seafood, but one of my ultimate favorites has to be lobster tails. They way they taste with this homemade garlic lemon butter is going to blow your mind too! It’s so rich and flavorful; you can’t resist it.

What You’ll Need To Make Broiled Lobster Tails

  • Lobster Tails: You can use fresh or frozen. If you opt to go with frozen, they do need to be thawed out before you begin.
  • Butter: Using one entire stick of butter is just the right amount for these lobster tails.
  • Garlic: Be sure to mince at least 3 cloves of garlic. You can always add more if you want.
  • Lemon Juice: Whenever possible, use fresh lemon juice, it’s much more flavorful.
  • Parsley: Using fresh parsley not only adds flavor, but it also adds some vibrant color too.
  • Salt & Pepper: Just use as much or as little as you like.

How To Butterfly a Lobster Tail

Butterflying a lobster tail is easier than you may think gives it a fancy presentation at home!

To begin Place the lobster tails on a cutting board. Then take kitchen shears and cut down the shell all the way to the fin. Use your fingers and pry the meat up from the shell, gently.

Keep it attached to the base of the tail, then life the meat so it’s resting on top of the split shell.

Now you’re done! Brush the lobster with the lemon butter and broil.

How To Make Broiled Lobster Tails

You are in for an extra special treat if you haven’t made lobster tails before. They are very easy, so don’t be scared.

Begin by heating the broiler and make sure the oven rack is around 6-8 inches below the broiler.

Melt the butter in a small bowl. Then add in the lemon juice, parsley, and garlic. Reserve half of the garlic butter for dipping.

Sprinkle butterflied lobster some salt and pepper, then add garlic butter sauce with a basting brush.

Broil the lobster tails for 10 minutes, and add some more garlic butter halfway through. When the lobster tails are done, they will be a white opaque color, and the internal temperature will be 145 degrees. Add some chopped fresh parsley as a garnish and dip into reserved garlic lemon butter. Enjoy!

How Do You Thaw Lobster Tails?

The best way to thaw out lobster tails is to place them in the fridge the night before you want to cook them. Then they will be perfect when it’s time to get down to business.

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time for that, you could put the lobster in a sealed container or bag. Then place it inside of a bowl of cold water. You don’t want the water to get on the lobster. It’s just a way to defrost it without allowing bacteria to grow. You will need to change the water out periodically and always make sure to use cold water. Once they are thawed, you are good to go.

How Do You Store Cooked Lobster?

You will need to keep any leftover lobster tails in the refrigerator. They should be kept airtight and will last up to 2 days.

Reheat the lobster tails in the oven at 325 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes. Once hot, it’s ready to serve.

NOTE: It’s best if you can cover the lobster with foil before you begin warming it up. This will keep it from drying out.

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Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Lemon Butter

Learn how to make the BEST broiled lobster tails that are tender, succulent, and has the perfect amount of garlic lemon butter. You can make these elegant and classy lobster tails in under 20 minutes!
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • Preheat the oven broiler and move the oven rack about 6-8 inches below the broiler.
  • In a small bowl melt butter. Remove from heat and add the garlic, lemon juice, and parsley. Reserve 1/2 of the mixture for dipping.
  • Place lobster tails on a baking sheet or in an oven-safe dish. Using kitchen shears cut down the shell down to the fin. Using your fingers, gently pry the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base of the tail. Lift the meat so it is resting on top of the split shell.
  • Season with salt and pepper and brush garlic butter sauce over the top of the lobster tails.
  • Broil 10 minutes, brushing with the garlic butter halfway through, until cooked through. The lobster tails should be white opaque and internal temperature reaches 145F.  Garnish with more parsley if desired and serve with remaining butter for dipping.



Serving: 1serving, Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 104mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 84IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, easy, healthy, lobster, seafood
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  1. Delicious! I went by recipe and my 2 lobster tails were 10 oz each so I cooked about 12 minutes and getting inside temperature to 145 degrees. My husband loved them because they were not over cooked and rubbery Will make them again. Loved the taste of butter mix