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Butterfly Lobster Tails

Butterfly a Lobster Tail "Piggy Back Style"

Here are directions for Butterflying a lobster tail.

Butterflied Lobster Tails also known as Piggyback Lobster Tails are the most common method of preparation in restaurants. Have you ever wondered how they get the lobster tail to puff up out of the shell? Well now you can find out with this step-by-step guide below for how to butterfly a lobster tail.

Below are instructions for preparing a 6oz lobster tail


Defrost the lobster tails


Grab your kitchen shears


Begin the cut with the bottom blade right under the shell. Only cut the shell and not the meat.


Proceed the cut down the center all the way to the base of the tale


Cut to base of tail


Grab each side of the shell and gently pry away the shell away from the meat


Continue to pry the shell away from the meat but keep the back of the meat connected to the shell


Once the meat is freed, grab the meat, squeeze the shell together to close the gap and lay the meat on top of the shell


The meat on top of the shell


Cut a small slit in the top of the meat


Grab the loose part of the meat and fold over the shell


Here's the meat folded over each side of the lobster shell


Cut additional slits on the top for presentation


Prepare lobster marinade of melted butter, a dash of peprika, a dash of garlic powder, a squirt of lemon juice and a dash of white pepper.


Drizzle lobster tail with marinade


Move the lobster tails to a pan and broil according the chart below. Baste tail with marinade half way through cooking.

Time Table For Broiling & Boiling Lobster Tails
(in minutes)

Weight 1 - 3 oz. 4 - 6 oz 10 -12 oz. 14 -16 oz.

Broiling 8 - 10 min. 10 - 12 min. 15 -20 min. 20 -35 min.



Remove tails from pan, dunk in butter and enjoy!


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