Broiled Lobster Tails


This delicious lobster tail recipe cooks whole lobster tails with melted butter and paprika under the broiler for an impressive meal for two that's quick and easy to do!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

What's not to love about these broiled lobster tails? The preparation is super simple, but they taste (and look) absolutely amazing.

How to Broil Lobster Tails

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Broiled Lobster Tails Ingredients

These are the four simple ingredients you'll need for this top-rated broiled lobster tail recipe:

· Lobster tails: You'll need two whole lobster tails.
· Butter: A stick of melted butter is essential for this rich lobster recipe.
· Seasonings: These lobster tails are simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika.
· Lemon: A fresh lemon, cut into wedges, adds welcome brightness.

How to Make Broiled Lobster Tails

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these lobster tails at home:

1. Cut the tops of the lobster tails lengthwise and pull apart the shells.
2. Coat the meat with butter and season with the salt, pepper, and paprika.
3. Broil the lobster until lightly browned and serve with lemon wedges.

Tip: Keep an eye on the lobster tails while they're in the oven so they don't burn.

What to Serve With Broiled Lobster Tails

Explore our collection of our Best Side Dishes for Lobster for mouthwatering serving inspiration. Here are a few of the recipes you'll find:

· Quick Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
· Broccoli with Lemon Butter Sauce
· Mushroom Risotto

Allrecipes Community Tip and Praise

"Had never cooked lobster before and this was a really great way to cook it," according to censerd. "Lots of flavor and very tender!"

"Once you've prepped your lobster tails, place two to three fingers into the underside of the shell in order to lift the meat into the top of the shell," suggests WannabeChefBrandon. "This allows you to season and butter the meat as well as enhancing the visual when plated."

"Try using Old Bay seasoning instead of paprika," says wendy1971. "Otherwise perfect. Will never steam another lobster."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 whole lobster tails

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika

  • salt and ground white pepper to taste

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead shot of measured ingredients gathered for broiled lobster tails

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  2. Preheat the broiler.

  3. Place lobster tails on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife or kitchen shears, carefully cut the top side of lobster shells lengthwise. Pull apart shells slightly, and season meat with equal amounts of melted butter, paprika, salt, and white pepper.

    Overhead shot of seasoned, uncooked lobster tails on a baking sheet

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  4. Broil lobster tails until lightly browned and lobster meat is opaque, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    Overhead shot of broiled lobster tails on a baking sheet garnished with lemon

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.

    overhead looking down at two broiled lobster tails garnished with lemon wedges



Keep an eye on the lobster tails while they're in the oven so they don't burn.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

592 Calories
48g Fat
7g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 592
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 303mg 101%
Sodium 891mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 42mg 211%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 628mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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