How to bake lobster tails


How to Bake Lobster Tails at Home

Great! You've decided to bake your lobster tails. This is fun because you can really get a mind-blowing presentation for your guests. You'll have to be careful not to overcook your lobster tails because the meat can dry out very quickly, so its critical to keep check your tails early just to be sure. We suggest putting these on the middle rack of your oven. Another great way to keep your tails moist is actually brushing butter on the meat along with parsley or other spices. Baking lobster tails is necessary for butterflying lobster tails like our lobster tails product photographs. This is a more advanced technique, but once you get it down, you will have your friends in disbelief.

Ingredients You'll Need:

2-6 Maine Lobster Tails

1 Tablespoon of Butter Per Tail

2 oz Of Maine Sea Salt

Recipe Notes

Prep Time: 7 Minutes

Cook Time: 8-30 Minutes
Serves: 2-6 People

To Butterfly Your Tails Before Baking, Follow These Steps

1. Be sure your tails are completely thawed, see our lobster tails thawing instructions if you are unsure.

2. Cut the upper shell down the center of the back with seafood shears leaving tail fan intact. You can cut into the top half of the meat so it can 'open' like the pictures once pulled up on the shell.

3. Give the tail a good rinse and remove any vein or tomalley. Do not remove under-shell.

4. Run your finger between the meat and the shell to loosen from each other. The goal here is to separate the tail and the shell.

5. Lift uncooked tail through the slit to rest on top of the shell. You can leave the end of the tail meat in the tail fin shell.

6. When the leave the lobster tail meat laying on the lobster shell, as the meat cooks, the meat will 'open' and give the butterfly effect you are looking for! (If you really want to get carried away you can use a steam gun and curl the tail meat manually!)

7. Continue to Lobster Tails Baking Instructions below or click here for more info on butterflying lobster tails.

How to Bake Lobster Tails - A Step-By-Step Guide

A women getting ready to cook lobster tails  

1. If you haven't followed the Butterfly Lobster Tails Quick Reference Guide, then make sure your tails are completely thawed. This can be done by leaving your tails in the fridge the night before cooking them or by putting them in cold water.

Lobster tail in the oven  

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lobster tail on pan with aluminum foil  

3. Place prepared lobster tails on a baking pan. Don't forget to add a little water to the pan so your lobsters' tails don't dry out!

Putting sauce on a lobster tail  

4. Brush each lobster tail with Kate's Butter.

Tail size and cook times chart  

5. Bake using the baking times below or until an instant-read thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Do not overcook.

Lobster on a plate with corn and potatoes  

6. Remove from oven and serve with melted butter and lemon wedges!

Lobster Tail Baking Instructions  

7. If you are have followed the butterfly technique, add butter and paprika(optional) and broil for 3 minutes.

How Long To Bake Lobster Tails

Lobster tails typically bake in 8 to 30 minutes depending on the size. They should be baked at 350 degrees F until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.

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Preparing the Lobster Tails for Baking

Preparing a lobster tail for baking is as simple as thoroughly thawing it out. This matters whether you bake the lobster whole or butterfly it first. If you thaw it out, it will bake as it should, instead of drying out as it bakes. You can make sure it's thawed by touch, or you can see if the lobster is flexible and bends easily. If it does, then it's ready to bake.

The Best Way to Serve Baked Lobster Tails

How do you serve baked lobster tails? Fresh out of the oven with some high-quality butter melted and ready for dipping, that's how! We like to use Kate's Butter, which is batch-churned and made right here in Maine. You can touch your butter up with some minced garlic or lemon juice to taste.

When you get the lobster out of the oven, feel free to add some salt and pepper and even paprika for a little spice. We would suggest serving it with a garnish of lemon wedges and fresh parsley.

Lobster Tails, Delicious Sides and More

Though we at Maine Lobster Now focus on gathering the freshest lobster Maine has to offer and getting it to your door, that's just a part of what we do. We can get you everything you need to have a dinner that you'd have in Maine, right there in your home.

We offer a variety of shellfish to complement your lobster dinner, such as clams, mussels and oysters. If you're feeling soupy, we have some quality New England bisques and chowders to choose from. And if you'd prefer some traditional sides, we can get corn, potatoes and Fresh Maine Fiddleheads, too.

Are your kids not particularly fond of seafood? We bring you the best of Maine outside its coast with classic Red Hot Dogs so you have something the whole family will crave. We have plenty for dessert, too, that we're sure you and the kids will enjoy.

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