How to Broil Lobster Tails

How to Broil Lobster Tails

Many customers ask how to broil lobster tails, and by following the directions below, you’ll be able to perfectly broil your tasty tails and create a meal that you’ll want to eat again and again.

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  • Start by thawing your tails by dropping the frozen tails directly into cold water for at least 30 minutes. You’ll know that the tails are ready when they feel flexible.
  • Next, begin prepping your thawed tails by cutting lengthwise through the top of the lobster shell with lobster and seafood shears or a sharp knife. Note that, while cutting through the shell, you’ll also cut through the meat. This is fine, as it butterflies the lobster tail meat and helps it cook correctly.
  • Remove the digestive tract (the cream- or dark-colored line that runs along the length of the tail) once you’ve cut through the shell.
  • After cleaning the tail, pry the shell open with your hands. Starting at the base of the tail (the wide end), begin carefully loosening the meat from the bottom of the shell, but be sure that you keep the meat attached at the tail end of the shell.
  • Next, lift the meat through the opening and place it on top of the shell. Ensure that the meat is still attached at the tail.
How To Broil a Lobster Tail

Broiled Lobster Tails

  • Finally, brush your lobster tail with butter and broil at least 5 inches away from your heat source for 4 minutes.
  • Remove the tail, baste it again with more butter and your preferred seasonings, and broil for an additional 3 minutes, or until the lobster tail meat turns white and soft. Be careful not to overcook the meat and test it before serving to ensure it’s cooked.
  • Pry open the shell using your fingers. Starting at the wide end, carefully loosen the meat from bottom of the shell, keeping the meat attached at the smaller end of the tail. Lift the meat through the cut shell opening and place it on top of the shell.

Brush lobster meat with melted butter. Broil 5″ from heat for 4 minutes, then baste with more melted butter and broil for an additional 3 minutes, or until the lobster meat turns opaque. Watch it closely to avoid overcooking.