Broiled Lobster with Garlic Butter

Friday, March 13, 2020
Lobster is our favorite shellfish and I actually found Maine lobster this week and was so excited I had to buy it, although very pricey but so worth it.

Usually in Florida, we have the spiny lobster tails and they aren't as sweet and tender as Maine, but they are not that easy to come by.

Broiled lobster is very easy to make and with garlic butter, it's, of course, a little bit Italian right?

Ok, that's a bit of a stretch I know, but it's my favorite seafood and during the Christmas Eve holiday and lent, it's my treat.

We prefer the tails over the whole tail, most of my crew isn't fond of cleaning their food before they eat it.

However, you can proceed with this same recipe for whole Maine Lobster using this recipe with the exception or puffing up the tails with just boiling, broiled and then in the garlic butter dipping sauce recipe.

I love serving lobster with Roasted Vegetables, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Twice Baked Potatoes and with some delicious Tuscan Garlic Bread.

If you're a seafood lover you can also use this delicious garnish topping and the garlic butter for scallops and shrimp if you're not fond of lobster.

The recipe for both is super tasty on any shellfish or regular cod, haddock or other white fish.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card to get this scrumptious lobster recipe.

these are maine lobster tails in a wire basket boiled

surf and turf photo

Surf and Turf

As much as we love lobster in our family, we surely can't fill up on them (price-wise).

We always end up making "surf and turf" (which is a lobster and steak combo)  usually broiling or grilling ribeye or a New York strip steak, as shown in the above photo with the addition of Chianti butter  on top and perfect for any special occasion.

these are 6 maine lobster tails in a wire basket boiled

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Broiled Lobster with Garlic Butter

Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • LobsterTails
  • Water
  • For Broiling:
  • butter, melted
  • ground paprika
  • sea salt to taste ground white pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Butter Wine Dipping Sauce:
  • butter
  • garlic, minced
  • fresh lemon juice
  • dried tarragon
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • white wine
  • fresh parsley

this is a broiled lobster tail with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted parmesan coated vegetables

Lobster of All Kinds

Lobsters are a family of large marine crustaceans.

There are many kinds like Reef Lobsters. Spiny Lobsters. Slipper Lobsters. Furry Lobsters. Squat Lobsters.

We prefer the Maine lobster which is also called the Northern Lobster (Homarus americanus), and the American kind which seems to be the most costly but succulent as I am using in this recipe.

this is a whole Maine Lobster

More Seafood Recipes To Try

Florida Red Fish
Seafood Primavera
Coconut Shrimp
Apricot Glazed Salmon
Almond crusted Haddock and Shrimp
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Filet Mignon topped with shrimp and crab

these are 6 maine lobster tails in a wire basket boiled

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Easy Lobster Boiled

Again if you're in a hurry just boil your tails but don't miss the garlic butter dipping sauce.

This is an addicting delicious sauce that enhances the lobster experience.

Let me know how you like it in the comments below.

Broiled Lobster with Garlic Butter

Broiled Lobster with Garlic Butter

Yield: 2
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M
This is how to make Maine lobster pretty outside of the shell puffed up with garlic butter. The lobster is boiled then broiled brushed with a delicious seasoning. A truly gourmet and fancy style lobster to serve.


  • 2  to 4 tails approximately 8 ounces
  • Water
  • For Broiling:
  • 2 lobster tails
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • sea salt to taste ground white pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Butter Wine Dipping Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


How to cook Broiled Lobster with Garlic Butter

  1. Preheat the broiler to 450 degrees.
  2. Boil or Steam the Lobster First:
  3. In a large saucepan with or without a wire basket (it's just easier to release them out of the water) boil enough water to just cover 2 tails.
  4. When the water is at a rolling boil add the lobster tails.
  5. Boil the tails for exactly 3 minutes.
  6. If you have a larger sized lobster (12-16 ounce in size) cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Take the tails out of the water and let them rest for a few minutes to cool on a cutting board.
  8. Use a pair of good kitchen shears, to slit the top of the shell to 1/2 inch from the end of the tail.
  9. Not all the way.
  10. Pull the meat out of the shell but leave the very end attached, that would be the end in the 1/2 inch you didn’t cut at the shell.
  11. Push the shell together and drape meat over the top of the shell carefully.
  12. Note: it should have a 1/2 inch inside the shell and 1/2 inch outside the shell.
  13. Should your shell not be stiff enough just drape over shell, push the shell together as tightly as you can.
  14. This will cause the lobster to puff up nicely when cooked.
  15. Put the tails on a wire rack over a broiler pan.
  16. Add about 1 cup of water in the broiled pan below the wire rack.
  17. Set the pan on the middle rack of your pre-heated oven.
  18. Lobster Butter Broiling Garnish:
  19. 2 lobster tails
  20. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  21. 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  22. sea salt to taste ground white pepper, to taste
  23. Preheat the broiler to 450 degrees.
  24. Cook time should be about 10 minutes
  25. Brush the tails, place under the preheated broiler watching closely that they don't burn if they cook too fast lower the rack.
  26. The tail will turn opaque white from translucent white.
  27. When the tails are done, the meat will be firm.
  28. Garlic Butter Wine Dipping Sauce:
  29. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  30. Add garlic cook and stir until transparent, about 3 minutes.
  31. Season with tarragon, salt, and white pepper. Increase the heat to medium, and stir in the white wine and lemon juice.
  32. Bring to a simmer, then whisk for 1 minute.
  33. Remove from the heat and sprinkle in parsley.
  34. Dip lobster tail in the sauce when serving.
  35. Serve with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan Roasted Vegetables.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. It looks so yummy! I didn't have lobster in a while.

  2. What a perfectly timed post. I bought some tails on sale awile back and had been wondering how I would cook and serve them for dinner with my daughter tonight - I will cook them just as you have done.

  3. Dean Martin's songs in general are heard while Hubby and I cook together...and a lobster dish like this one is a real feast. Claudia, I also agree that shellfish from the east coast is so much better because of its cold water ;o)

    Have yourself a well deserved mini holiday with Hubby ;)

    Ciao for now,

  4. Claudia, enjoy your weekend! See you when you get back.

  5. Delicious, and so pretty! Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Lobster with garlic butter sounds yumm.

  7. Claudia, this looks marvelous! Lobster is not readily available where I live, but we have an abundance of crap, shrimp, prawns, oysters and assorted other salt water goodies. This Garlic Butter Wine Sauce would be perfect for the prawns I've got sitting in my fridge waiting for me! Thanks for posting.
    Have a really nice time with your DH this weekend!

  8. You can't go wrong with lobster! And you sauce sounds amazing. The flavors must be fantastic. Have a great vacation!

  9. Hope you're having a great time! I wish I had some of your mouth-watering lobster!

  10. Ooooh! That looks so delicious. I ordered tails from Lobstergram once and they recommended the same method as you for cooking them (boiling then broiling) and they were perfect as yours look. Have a great weekend; looking forward to your next post.

  11. Sounds like you had a great vacation! Love the lobster :)

  12. I haven't had lobster tail in ages.
    Bring back such great memories. Yumm!
    Have a wonderful time with your hubby!

  13. Looks wonderful! It's been so long since I have had lobster and now I really want some!

  14. What a wonderfull way to eat lobster ;)

  15. We always enjoy lobster prepared any way but we don't have it often. Enjoy your mini-vacation, Claudia!

  16. In the life I was supposed to lead, your lobster dish would be on my table at least once a week. Enjoy your weekend while I vicariously enjoy your lobster.

  17. You really know how to set the mood for a delicious feast!! I love the Dean Martin touch. :)

    Garlic butter is my favorite sauce to have with any seafood, including lobster. Mouthwatering!

  18. What a treat! I haven't had lobster in a long time. Now I have a craving. :)

  19. I've never made lobster before (not cheap in the landlocked midwest!), but when/if I do, I will come back to your looks fabulous!

  20. What a gorgeous dish and presentation, lovely!

  21. Mmmm, how I remember lobster's taste! I'm allergic to it now, but my memory of it will always be so delicious . . . enjoy it!

  22. Awwww..looks sooo delicious!!! I am now craving for lobster!!!

  23. What a treat! We love lobster and this garlic butter makes it even better! Mmmmm!

  24. My family would love this! Can't wait to try it.


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