These spicy lobster tails are so easy to make. Just a note on the lobster tails in supermarkets: if they're not frozen, they've been frozen and then thawed. So, bypass the 'fresh' for the frozen, which are fresher.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 lobster tails
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix mayonnaise, tarragon, sriracha sauce, paprika, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and salt together in a bowl.

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  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Set oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Loosen lobster meat from the shell, leaving it attached near the tip of the tail. Place tails on a baking sheet lined with crinkled aluminum foil to help keep them in place.

  • Spoon some of the mayonnaise mixture beneath the lobster meat and spread a generous amount on top.

  • Broil in the preheated oven until lobster tails are browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I never measure the ingredients when I use this technique, and so these are just guesses. Everything in this is to taste, so work accordingly.

Substitute chervil or dill for the tarragon if desired.

Nutrition Facts

241 calories; protein 23.7g 47% DV; carbohydrates 3g 1% DV; fat 14.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 94.9mg 32% DV; sodium 737.5mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2017
We all loved this and especially my husband! I cut the cayenne in half for me and it was at the delicious edge of too hot for me while he raved about it. Be careful about the cooking time; it can look done but I had to cut the meat before I realized some of it wasn't done yet. I had to return it all to the oven for a few more minutes. Will definitely make it again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2019
We wouldn't make it again. It was spicy, but didn't really add anything to the taste of the lobster. Too much lemon for our preference. It may have made it a bit juicier, but we really prefer just basting with butter when broiling. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2017
We all loved this and especially my husband! I cut the cayenne in half for me and it was at the delicious edge of too hot for me while he raved about it. Be careful about the cooking time; it can look done but I had to cut the meat before I realized some of it wasn't done yet. I had to return it all to the oven for a few more minutes. Will definitely make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2018
I'll be honest---I approached making this thinking it would be interesting and maybe a bit special for Valentine's dinner with my husband. I'm not a fan of Sriracha and Tarragon is sort of ok with my palate. Well---this sauce was deLICIOUS and perfect with the lobster! We both really loved it and thought the sauce would be great with crab scallops halibut cod probably chicken and maybe pork also. And so easy!! THIS IS A KEEPER!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2018
Yummy Yum Yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2017
Another great recipe from Chef John!!! Made it just as Chef John did on the video. It was delicious!!! Love Chef John and his recipes! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/16/2019
We wouldn't make it again. It was spicy, but didn't really add anything to the taste of the lobster. Too much lemon for our preference. It may have made it a bit juicier, but we really prefer just basting with butter when broiling. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2018
The sauce was excellent but on Lobster? I don't think lobster needs anything but little paprika and butter but gave this a try. What I did not like was that you lost the taste of the lobster. Think this sauce mix would be great with deviled eggs and will give that a try as the taste was great and liked the hint of heat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
Simple and fantastic with asparagus sprigs and side of pesto gnocchi. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2018
Substituted cilantro for tarragon. Didn t have worked great. Recommend dbl the sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2017
Yummy and easy. Read More