So last week I tried my hand at lobster tail for the first time by myself. Bought them on a whim when I saw they were $4.99 each at Jewel. After some google research, I decided that this method would be the easiest (and warmist since it’s way too cold to use the grill…)

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Lobster tails
  • Scissors
  • Baking/cookie sheet
  • Aluminium foil
  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Spices: paprika, white pepper, garlic powder and salt

cutting the side of the lobster

Take kitchen scissors and insert them into the shell. Begin to cut along the side as close to the hard shell as possible. Repeat on the other side of the lobster tail. (And yes…those are regular scissors. I unfortunately don’t own kitchen scissors).

peeling back the shell of the lobster

At this point the under-shell should be cut free revealing the lobster meat inside. Go ahead and just cut it off.

cleaning out the lobster eggs

You might find some of the membrane still on the lobster. Using a knife, carefully cut it away. This is an optional step but it will make the lobster look nicer. Also you might see some black stuff in the tail. Don’t worry it isn’t poop. It’s lobster eggs. I washed mine a bit but you don’t have to. Feel free to just leave it.

pour your butter over your lobster

In a small bowl, melt your clarified butter ( I used ghee which is awesome btw ). Mix in your lemon juice and then sprinkle in your spices. I didn’t bother measuring. On your baking sheet, tear off a piece of aluminum foil that is big enough to wrap each lobster tails in. Then generously pour your butter mixture onto the lobster meat.

lobsters wrapped in foil

Wrap your lobsters up in the foil. Then place in a 450 degree (F) oven. The timing depends on how big your lobster tail is. I found this nifty chart that might help:

Lobster Cooking Times
2 Oz.  –  12 minutes
4 Oz.  –  18 minutes
6 Oz.  –  22 minutes
8 Oz.  –  26 minutes
12 Oz.  –  30 minutes
14 Oz.  –  +35 minutes

baked lobster

And that’s it. My lobster tails were about 4.5 oz each, so I cooked them for 20 minutes. I probably cooked them just a smidgen too long but they still turned out great. If you’re looking for a meal to show off on Valentines Day but you want something easy so you can actually enjoy yourself, you might give this one a try.

5 thoughts on “How to Bake Lobster Tails”

  1. Thanks for putting this together! They’re on sale at Fresh Market today and wanted to give them a try, but never cooked them before. Off to pre-heat the oven right now!

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