How to Cook Lobster Tails

If succulent lobster tails, cradled in their coral shells and served with melted butter, seems more like something you'd order from a restaurant menu than a dish you'd make at home, it's time to step outside of your culinary comfort zone. Learning how to cook lobster tails not only offers a fun challenge, but will add an extravagant dish to your repertoire that is sure to impress. For an elegant spring or summer evening outdoors, why not invite over some friends, uncork some chilled white wine and try grilling lobster tails on your deck or patio? Let the conversation unwind as the scent of buttered lobster wafts through the air. It's the kind of night your guests likely will remember for a long time.
Hi, I'm Kristina with, and we're gonna add an element of elegance and sophistication to the grill today by making Lobster Tails with Chive Butter. For your ingredients, of course, we have these gorgeous lobster tails. I have four of them here. They're about 5 ounces each and they're already thawed. I have one-third of a cup of butter that I've already melted, then we have 2 tablespoons of snipped fresh chives and 1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind. The first thing you need to do is butterfly your lobster tails. It's really easy with a pair of kitchen shears. Just start at one end and snip through the shell, and then just peel it back to expose the meat. I'll do all four of these here. We'll get ready to put it on the grill. Let's make this chive butter sauce. The butter is already melted. Now I'll add in the chives, and the lemon zest, and stir this all together. Then remove 2 tablespoons of the sauce...and the rest we save for later. With the 2 tablespoons you measured out, brush it on top of the lobster. It's that easy. We're ready to put them on the grill. The grill is all ready to go, it's been preheated to about medium. I'm gonna take the lobster tails and put the meat side down on the grill, let them cook for about 6 minutes, flip them over, another 6 to 8 minutes until the meat is opaque. So we're halfway through the cooking time. I'm gonna flip over the lobster tails, and then brush them with more of this delicious chive butter sauce. Let's give these another 6 to 8 minutes until the flesh is opaque. I think these lobster tails need to come off the grill. Looking good. Your lobster tails are done. It's a decadent and elegant meal. I can't wait to dive into this. It's gonna be so good. That's how you make lobster tails with chive butter. Thanks for watching. For more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 4   ounces fresh or frozen rock lobster tails
  • 1/3  cup butter
  • 2   tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1   teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  •  Lemon wedges (optional)

Step By Step

Thaw lobster, if frozen. Rinse lobster; pat dry with paper towels. Butterfly tails by using kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut lengthwise through centers of hard top shells and meat, cutting to, but not through, bottoms of shells. Press shell halves of tails apart with your fingers.
For sauce, in a small saucepan melt butter. Remove from heat. Stir in chives and lemon peel. Remove 2 tablespoons of the sauce; set the remaining sauce aside.
Lightly grease the rack of a gas grill. Preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Brush lobster meat with some of the 2 tablespoons sauce. Place lobster, meat sides down, on the grill rack directly over heat. Cover and grill for 6 minutes. Turn lobster. Brush with the rest of the 2 tablespoons sauce. Cover and grill for 6 to 8 minutes more or until lobster meat is opaque.
Heat the reserved sauce, stirring occasionally. Transfer the sauce to small bowls for dipping and serve with lobster. If desired, serve with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

  • Charcoal Grilling Method: To grill lobster on a charcoal grill, prepare as above except cook tails directly over medium coals for 6 minutes. Turn; brush with remaining sauce and cook 6 to 8 minutes more or until lobster meat is opaque.
Whether you're cooking for family and friends hosting that special someone with romance in mind, you're sure to wow dinner guests once you master how to cook lobster tails--though you may want to save the plastic bibs for the seafood shack!

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 214, Fat, total (g) 17, chol. (mg) 118, sat. fat (g) 10, carb. (g) 1, fiber (g) 0, pro. (g) 15, vit. A (RE) 175.14, vit. C (mg) 1.77, sodium (mg) 395, calcium (mg) 40.39, iron (mg) 0.18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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