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A fully cooked lobster tail with lemon, parsley, and melted butter on a white plate

Broiled Lobster Tail

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lobster tail, seafood
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Brenda
Quick, easy, and delicious, broiled lobster tails look fancy but are so very simple. This recipe works every time regardless of how large or small your lobster tails are.
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  • 4 4 ounce lobster tails
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • paprika to taste
  • 1 lemon wedges for serving
  • 4 tbsp butter melted for serving


  • If buying frozen lobster tails, defrost in the refrigerated 24 hours in advance. If lobster tails are already thawed proceed to the next step.
  • Turn on your broiler
  • Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside for the prepared lobster tails.
  • Remove lobster tails and using kitchen shears cut down the middle of the shell without cutting the meat. Stop cutting just before the fin. Use a regular knife to ensure that the meat has separated from the bottom shell.
  • Open up the lobster shell (you may hear cracking, this is normal) and place lobster meat on top of the shell. Repeat for other lobster tails.
  • Place butterflied lobster tails on prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush with 1 tbsp of melted butter and sprinkle paprika to taste on top.
  • Place in broiler about 6 inches away from the broiler itself. You will need 1 minute per ounce of lobster tail. So a 4 ounce lobster tail will take 4 minutes. This is per lobster tail and not how many are on your baking sheet.
  • While lobsters are cooking, cut the lemon into wedges and melt butter.
  • Remove lobster tails when meat is opaque and fully cooked.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Broiled lobster tails are best when they are cooked when the meat is thawed, otherwise you will have much tougher meat.
  • Meat is done when the meat is opaque.
  • It takes approximately 1 minute per ounce of lobster tail to cook. So if each lobster tail is 4 ounces (regardless of how many there are) it should take about 4 minutes.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg