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lobster tails with melted butter and lemons

Broiled Lobster Tail

The easiest and most delicious way to make Broiled Lobster Tail for your next special occasion dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 253



  • 4 lobster tails (mine were 5-6 ounces each)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lemons (halved or wedged; Meyer lemons recommended)

Compound butter:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened, high quality)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (stems removed)
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (woody stems removed)

For serving:

  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted, high quality)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives (minced)


  • Prepare lobster tails: Using a sharp pair of kitchen shears, cut down the middle of the shell all the way to the tail. Turn the tail over, grab the cut shell with the finger tips on both hands, and bend inside out while releasing the meat from the shell. Turn back over, lift the meat away from the shell while keeping the tail connected, and set the meat on top of the shell. Remove vein, if present, and separate any connective tissue preventing it from taking it's natural butterfly shape. Rinse tails to remove any small fragments of shell and shake off any excess water (do not submerge in water). Sprinkle a thin layer of salt and pepper on top of the lobster meat.
    prepared lobster tails prior to oven
  • Make compound butter: Combine the softened butter with the garlic and herbs in the food processor and process until smooth. When you are ready to broil the lobster, gently melt the compound butter.
    compound butter in food processor
  • Broil the lobster: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set the prepared lobsters on top. Arrange the lemon wedges or halves on the paper. Brush melted herb butter on top of lobster meat and spread any excess on top of lemons. Preheat broiler to 500°F and ensure top rack is in the center of the oven, about 6-8 inches below the heating element. Place baking sheet in broiler and cook roughly ten minutes until meat is opaque, shells are vibrant orangish-red, and internal temperature of the meat is about 145°F.
    Broiled Lobster Tails
  • Serve: Place parsley and chives in melted butter. Squeeze broiled lemons over lobster meat and dip each bite into the melted butter.


Cooking time is roughly 2 minutes per ounce, so 5-oz tails take about 10 minutes to cook.
Anywhere from 3 to 10-ounce lobster tails are considered a good size for an individual portion. 


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg