How to Cook Lobster Tail

Two Ways to Cook Lobster Tail

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A beatifully cooked lobster tail, broiled to perfection.
A beautifully broiled lobster tail.

Lets start with preparing your lobster for a simple broil

We want to make sure when you order your product from us, you have the tools and knowledge to cook it to perfection. After reading this guide, you will become a master of the kitchen when it comes to cooking lobster tail. These step by step instructions should aide you in this endeavor.

Before we begin we should go over how to thaw out frozen lobster tails. It’s really quite simple, if you don’t need the lobster tail until the next day, just pop them in the fridge overnight. If you do need them same day, simply seal each tail in a plastic bag and submerge in water. Change water every 15-30 minutes for an hour to two hours. You’re lobster tails will be thawed out in no time!

Lobster Tail being cut down the center of the shell, with sharp kitchen shears
Cutting Lobster Tails down Center of Shell


Opening the Lobster Tail

You will want to start by getting your sharpest pair of kitchen scissors. Lay your lobster tail flat on a cutting board and begin cutting down the center of the shell. Cut all the way down to the fins. Exercise caution to not cut deep into the lobster tail. A little bit of a cut into the tail is fine as it will butterfly nicely and cook evenly, however you want to keep your lobster tail in one piece.

Separating the shell

Gently separate the shell, exposing the lobster meat. Be careful not the cut yourself, as the shell of the lobster tail can be very sharp, as well as the legs.

Butterfly the Lobster

After the shell of the lobster is split, carefully pull up on the lobster meat. Gently separate the meat from the tail. Work your way down the lobster tail pulling up on the lobster meat as you go. It is not always an easy task. Do your best to work your way through it.

Keep the lobster meat attached to the very base of the lobster tail by the fins. Carefully pull the lobster completely above the shell, while the tail is still connected at the base, and begin to close the shell while holding the lobster tail meat over it.

Rest the meat on top of the closed lobster shell and prepare for baking.

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Cooking Tips

Cooking Lobster in the Oven

One of the most efficient ways to cook a lobster tail is broiling it in the oven.

To start, preheat your over to a high broil.

Use a cast iron pan or baking sheet, and lay some butter on top of the tail. If you want a healthier alternative, a nice extra-virgin olive oil glazing the tail will work fine as well.

Lobster Tails of around 4-5oz take anywhere between 7 to 10 minutes to cook, but it may take longer if your lobster tails are on the higher end of that weight.

As the lobster tails cook, the shell will begin to turn a bright red, and the meat will turn from an opaque color to a solid white and will slightly curl.

Once your lobster tails are thoroughly cooked, you’re ready to season & garnish! Our personal preference is to just lightly season with salt & pepper, as well as a dash of paprika, or whatever seasoning (if any) you prefer. The hard part is done, it’s time to get it on a plate and garnish!

The most beautiful part of any meal with lobster is the lobster tail itself, so it’s important to accentuate the red lobster tail by giving a little contrasting green, which is where fresh parlsey does a good job.

Serve with a wedge of lemon and you’re ready to feast!

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Grilled Lobster Tails split after cooking

Lobsters on the barbie! Grilled Lobster Tails are a great way to kick off your backyard BBQ!

Lobster on the barbie, or grilled lobster tails, are a great way to prepare you lobster. Change up your gameday plans this season with grilled lobster instead of burgers and hot dogs! You can also mix and match with a great surf n turf option.

A cooked small lobster tail being cut through the spines.  This allows the lobster tail to be opened fully.
Cutting the back spine of the lobster tail


Using your sharpest pair of kitchen scissors. Cut lengthwise through the shell down the back of the lobster tail, stopping when you reach the fins. This is similar to the way you would if you were to follow the above instructions on preparing a lobster tail for broil.

From the tail end of the lobster, cut through the top of the lobster tail fin to meet with the other cut.

Once you have the shell cut through lengthwise, using a sharp knife follow the opening you just made and cut through the lobster meat down the center. Don’t cut through the bottom shell portion of the lobster tail, just through the lobster meat.

Turn the lobster tail over and snip through each of the horizontal spines down the middle of the lobster tail.

You may choose to remove the legs, if there are any, of the lobster tail by pulling them off.

Carefully pull the lobster tail apart and fold it open. Remove any visible veins down the back of the lobster.

Now that your lobster is prepared, you are ready for cooking!.

Lobster tails face down on the grill.  This is the proper way to grill your lobster tail to start.  After about 5 minutes, you want to flip your lobster tails over and baste with butter, garlic and lemon.
Lobster tails face down on the grill

Cooking Tips

To start, you will need some lemon, butter, and garlic. You may also want some salt & pepper, and perhaps parsley for seasoning, as well as any additional seasonings you may enjoy, although the flavor of a lobster tail alone is more than enough.

Melt the butter and combine some garlic and lemon with it. You will use this throughout the cook.

Brush the lobster meat with melted butter, garlic, and lemon mixture. Preheat the grill to a medium high heat.

Place the lobster tails meat side down on the preheated grill. Close the lid and grill for around 5 minutes or until lightly marked.

Flip the lobsters around and continue to brush them generously with the remaining butter mixture. Close the lid and continue cooking for another 5 or so minutes. The meat will turn from an opaque, to a solid white when cooked.

If you are not sure if the lobster is fully cooked, it should register around 145 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer.

Garnish the lobster tails with fresh parsley if desired, and enjoy!

In conclusion

With these simple cooking instructions, your next barbeque is going to be lit with these grilled lobster tails! With Lobster Trader, we will ship you the highest quality product overnight so you can get it in time for your big celebration, or just for dinner tomorrow. However, be sure to get your orders in earlier in the day as we prepare shipments early so they are sent out at the perfect time to arrive in top condition the next day. In addition, as we use UPS to ship lobster tail and lobster meat products, we only ship Mondays through Thursdays as UPS does not ship outside of major metropolitan areas on non-business days. Orders placed between Friday and Sunday will be shipped out on Monday the following business week.

If you’re looking for more ways to cook lobster tail, check out our butter poached lobster instructions. If you’re looking for even more of a challenge, our Lobster Pecorino Fettuccine recipe is to DIE for!

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