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South African Lobster Tails

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South African Lobster Tail

South African lobster tails are one of the premier lobster tail species served around the world. South African lobster tails are in high demand due to the sweet, succulent meat contained in the brilliant red colored shell. South African lobsters are cold-water lobsters, which are said to be better then warm-water lobsters. The typical American or Maine Lobster is bluish or brown in color while the South African lobster is naturally red in color.


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Picture of an South African lobster tail

Top view of a South African Lobster Tail.

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Right Side of a South African Lobster Tail


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Underside of a South African Lobster Tail


Here's how to cook a South African Lobster Tail.

This is the butterfly cooking method on a 5 oz lobster tail.

Lobster Marinade

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


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Begin with a thawed lobster tail. Grab a pair of kitchen sheers and begin cutting down one side of the lobster tail. Make sure you only cut the shell and not the meat. Continue cut all the way to the base of the tail.


Make a similar cut on the opposite side.


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With both cuts completed, cut across the base of the tail.

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lift off the top part of the shell. It should peel away easily.


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Drizzle the lobster tail with the marinade prepared earlier.

Cooking Times

For butterflying a S.A. lobster tail

Lobster Tail Weight
Cooking Time
2 Oz.
12 minutes
4 Oz.
18 minutes
6 Oz.
22 minutes
8 Oz.
26 minutes
12 Oz.
30 minutes
14 Oz. +
35 minutes


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Other helpful resources:

Cooking a Lobster - Learn how to cook live lobster and lobster tails.

Butterflying Lobster Tail - Learn how to cook a lobster tail just like they do in the restaurants.

Boiling a Lobster - Boiling a lobster is one of the easiest ways to cook a lobster. Learn how here.

Baking Lobster Tails - Here's an easy way to make lobster tails.

Steaming a Lobster - Learn how to steam a whole lobster.