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How to Cook Lobster Tails

This simple method for grilling lobster tails brings out the natural sweetness of the meat.


  • Step 1: Cut the lobster tails Lay the tails underside up and insert the tip of your knife near the end of the tail. Push the blade of the knife downward, through the center of the tails, through the meat, and through the shell.
  • Step 2: Remove the meat Remove the meat from the shells with your hands until it is only attached to the shell by the end.
  • Step 3: Cover with oil Cover the tails with oil and let them marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Grill the tails Place the tails on the grill and sear them for a minute on each side.
  • TIP: Expose as much of the meat as you can to the heat of the grill by spreading it out.
  • Step 5: Heat butter and garlic Heat the butter and garlic in a saute pan over medium heat. When the butter melts, add ¼ cup of the water.
  • Step 6: Add the tails to the pan Tilt the so the butter stays on one side of the pan. Place the tails on the other side and use a spoon to spread the butter on the tails.
  • TIP: Keep the butter over the heat, because the butter is what will be cooking the lobster at this point.
  • Step 7: Add parsley Add parsley and the rest of the water and continue spooning on the butter. Check to see if the tails are done by poking the meat. If it has some elasticity, then you're ready to serve and eat.
  • FACT: Early European settlers of New England looked upon lobsters as dirty and only fit for prisoners and charity cases.

You Will Need

  • 2 lobster tails
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Grill
  • Sautu00e9 pan
  • Range-top oven
  • u00bd stick butter
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 c. water
  • Spoon
  • Small bunch fresh parsley

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