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A Recipe for Easy Baked Lobster Tail

A recipe for all seafood lovers, easy baked lobster tail. Super simple lobster tails which are sure to impress, served in a delicious garlic butter.

April 13, 2021
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 8 mins
Total 18 mins



  1. In a bowl add the softened butter, garlic, salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoon lemon juice and parsley. Stir to combine the garlic butter and adjust the seasoning to taste, set aside.
  2. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
  3. Prepare the lobster tails by first rinsing the shells in cold water. Pat the shells dry with kitchen paper then remove the legs on the underside of the lobster using kitchen shears. Next carefully cut through the centre of the top of the shell, stop at the beginning of the tail.
  4. Use a spoon to separate the lobster meat from the top of the shell, next use your hands to pull the meat out through the shell so it is exposed at the top.
  5. Pat the lobster meat dry using kitchen paper (if you prefer you can lightly rinse the flesh with cold water and remove the membrane before drying).
  6. Then season the lobster meat with Cajun seasoning, spreading on the top and bottom of the meat.
  7. Next smother the lobster meat with the garlic herb butter making sure to reach the inside of the shell and cover the surface of the meat.
  8. Place the lobster tails on a baking tray and bake at 375F for 8 minutes until the lobster meat is firm and pinkish-white.
  9. Serve the easy baked lobster tails hot and pour the garlic butter over the tails, season with extra lemon juice.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Easy Baked Lobster Tail
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 61 mg20.3%
Sodium 1860 mg80.9%
Potassium 65 mg1.4%
Protein 0.8 g1.6%
Total Fat 23.830.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • If using frozen lobster tails then defrost in the refrigerator the day before serving.
  • Do not overcook the lobster as the meat can easily become chewy and unpleasant. As a guide the baked lobster tail should be cooked for 1 to 2 minutes per ounce in the oven.
  • Removing the lobster meat from the shell whilst still intact is known as “piggy-backing”. Once the lobster is seasoned the meat can be cooked either inside or outside the shell. If cooking inside the shell then add an extra 5 minutes to the cooking time of the baked lobster tail.
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Super easy baked lobster tails smothered in an irresistible garlic butter sauce. An indulgent dish to be served on a date night, anniversary, Valentine’s Day at home or dinner party, whoever you treat to the dish will be wowed by the flavors and presentation of the baked lobster tail.

The name of “easy baked lobster tail” is the perfect description as this recipe is prepared in less than 20 minutes for maximum results with minimal effort. Recreate a restaurant quality dish for a tender, juicy lobster which is bathed in a mouthwatering sauce with fresh herbs, garlic, lemon and butter.

Is it better to boil or bake lobster tails?

When learning how to cook lobster tail the simplest method of cookery is to boil. Once the tails are thawed they can be cooked in salted boiling water then remove the meat from the shell. The lobster tails can be prepared in many methods such as boiled, steamed, grilled, baked or broiled.

Boiling lobster is beneficial when serving a dish cold as the meat can be chopped, sliced or refrigerated for later use. Our baked lobster tail recipe provides an incredible way to simply and quickly cook lobster with delicious results. Baking is therefore best when serving the lobster hot

Do you rinse lobster tail before cooking?

Yes, both fresh and frozen lobster tails should be lightly rinsed with cold water to remove any impurities which are present on the shell. Use a clean sponge or cloth to wipe the exterior of the shell and avoid water coming into contact with the flesh.

The lobster tails should not be submerged in water as this will change to the texture of the meat as it absorbs the moisture and water logs the flesh. After rinsing the lobster tails pat dry and they are then ready to cook.

How long is thawed lobster tail good for?

Thawed lobster tails should be used as soon as they are defrosted for best results, with a maximum storage time of two days. The tails are frozen once the lobsters are caught to reduce the spread of bacteria and keep the lobster fresh. Most lobster tails Defrost the lobster tails in the refrigerator for 24 hours then cook as soon as possible, do not refreeze the lobster tails once thawed.

What is the black stuff inside the lobster tail?

The black fluid inside the lobster tail is the eggs of the crustacean, also known as “roe” or “coral”. Once cooked the roe becomes a deep red color and is considered a delicacy by many, the roe can be served or removed from the tail when serving. If the lobster is under-cooked then the roe will appear black and gelatinous.

The green substance inside the lobster tail is known as the “tomalley” which is the equivalent of the lobsters liver and pancreas. The digestive tract is prized for having an intense flavor and creamy texture.

What to serve with lobster tail?

Serve the baked lobster tail with cheesy baked potatoes, a light salad, grilled corn on the cob, mac and cheese, green beans or broccoli. The garlic butter sauce which is created whilst cooking the lobster tails is enough to provide incredible flavor to the dish to then serve alongside your favorite vegetables. Shellfish can be intimidating to cook at home so this recipe is the perfect dish to build your confidence as a guaranteed success!

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