The first time I handled lobster tails, it was intimidating to say the least, but now, with this easy recipe, I find them to be one of the easiest and quickest meal fixes. The ultimate indulgence in 25 minutes!
4 lobster tails
2 oz (1/4 cup) butter
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp red chilli powder, or to taste
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 Tbsp fresh parsley or coriander, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to broil at 260C (500F).
- Prepare the lobster tails by first cutting through the top centre of each shell; from the widest part of the tail to the narrowest part (the fins). Make sure to not cut the shell all the way through to the end of the fins.
- Next pry open each shell using your thumbs and fingers. Gently tug at the meat and separate it away from the shell. You can leave the end part of the meat attached to the shell but I prefer to take it all out.
- Press the two sides of the shell together, then lay the meat over where the two shells meet.
- Prepare the sauce by melting the butter in a pan and with the flame on low, add the garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Next add the paprika, red chilli powder, salt & pepper and sauté for a further 2-3 minutes. Then add 3 tbsp of the parsley/coriander and lastly pour in the lemon juice. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
- Brush the tails with the aromatic buttery sauce. Make sure to cover the sauce all over the meat, as it will ensure it stays moist and juicy.
- The tails are now ready to be broiled! The broil time is dependent on the weight. The general rule of thumb for cooking lobster tails is that 1oz of tail should be cooked for 1 minute. The tails were 7 oz each, so they were broiled for 7 minutes.
- Garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp fresh parsley/coriander. Serve with lemon wedges & a side of your favourite vegetables and rice. I opted for brown rice, although quinoa or couscous are delicious accompaniments too. Enjoy this simple & easy lobster tails recipe!
Alternative Option: if you would prefer to bake, preheat the oven to 230C (450F) and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Over-cooking will result in the meat becoming rubbery so do keep an eye on the time.