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Broiling Lobster Tails

Learn how to broil a lobster tail

Broiling a Lobster Tail is a method used to get the golden brown top that you often see on lobster tails served in restaurants. Many ovens at home may not be able to achieve this but if you can get it to work, the tail will look beautiful when it comes out of the oven.

Below are directions for broiling a 5oz South African Lobster Tail.


Broiled Lobster Tail

Here are instructions for broiling a lobster tail. The lobser tail used in this demostration is a 5oz South African Lobster Tail.

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Start with a defrosted lobster tail and place on a cutting board.

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Set oven to a medium broil - 500 degrees 

Lobster Marinade

Begin with creating a lobster marinade. This is a combination of a half stick of clarified butter, 1 tsp of lemon juice, a 1/4 tsp of white pepper, a 1/4 tsp of sea salt and a 1/4 tsp of garlic powder. Mix together and set aside.

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Take kitchen sheers and begin on right side of the shell. Keep bottom of the sheers as close to the top underside of the shell as possible. You do NOT want to cut too deep into the lobster tail.

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Repeat Process on other side

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Make a cut across the back to free the top of the shell 

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Grab the cut piece of shell and peel it backwards

Wash the tail with cold water as to remove any bits of shells and pat dry. 

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Drizzle the lobster tail with the marinade prepared earlier and place into pan. Insert into oven and broil according to times below. 

Cooking Times for Broiled Lobster Tails

With oven preheated to the "broil" setting, cook tails about 1 minute per ounce of lobster tail

Lobster Weight Cooking Time
3 oz - 4 oz 3 - 4 minutes
5 oz - 6 oz 5 - 6 minutes
7 oz - 8 oz 7 - 8 minutes
9 oz - 10 oz 9 - 10 minutes
10 oz + 1 min per ounce


You must keep a close eye on the tails, they will overcook quickly and turn rubbery. The lobster tails are done when the internal tempature reaches 145 degrees. The meat may be slightly browned but should be firm to the touch.

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Once the lobster is cooked, unwrap the tail, dunk in butter and enjoy!

Other helpful resources:

Easiest Way to Cook Lobster - Learn the easiest to cook lobster.

Easiest Way to Eat Lobster - Learn the easiest way to eat lobster.

Lobster Tail Recipe - Recipes for lobster tails.

Lobster Butter - Learn how to make clarified butter for lobster.

Frozen Lobster Tails - Learn what to buy and how to cook frozen lobster tails.

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