Baked Lobster Tail Recipe

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Lobster is reserved for very special occasions here at our Castle in the Mountains. There isn’t an ocean within 1000 miles of us so when we do have Baked Lobster Tail – you can bet that we do it up right!

And while I haven’t met a lobster dish I didn’t love, a baked lobster tail from the cold clean waters of the North Atlantic can’t be beat. This dish is drizzled in a zesty, butter sauce that will have your taste buds singing and it only has ONE net carb.

Baked lobster tails on a white plate

You can make this anytime you want to treat yourself and your loved ones. Birthdays and Holidays are the perfect time for lobster. No, this is not a budget meal. But this dinner made at home can save you HUNDREDS of dollars compared to a restaurant- and it’ll taste better, guaranteed.

This was inspired by the lobster potjiekos recipe, and goes amazingly well with this bacon cauliflower mash and a nice dry wine.

Party tip: Prepare Ahead!

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Ingredients

Lobster Tails

See recipe card for quantities of each ingredient.

Instructions

Make sure that your lobster tails are fully thawed if they came frozen. Preheat the oven to 400F before you start the steps, they go quickly!

Melted Butter in a pan
  1. Heat the butter, and add the oil, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and parsley. Let it sizzle for a minute. Take this mixture off the heat and then add the cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
Perfectly baked lobster with a skewer running through it from "head" to tail fan.

2. Place a skewer through the meat to keep the tail from curling while cooking. Start where the head would be and pierce through to under the tail fan.

Preheat baking oven

3. Place the lobster tails in a roasting pan. We love this one with the oven proof rack. Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through, but not rubbery. It should be around 140F when tested with a thermometer.

Lobster Tails on a plate with lemon

4. Serve with dipping cups for the butter mixture, lemon or lime wedges and some maybe some Keto Fried Rice or scalloped zucchini.

Hint: Make sure your oven is 100% pre-heated. If you have an older oven, an oven thermometer might be helpful.

Substitutions

Lobster is an expensive dish. You can change things up to suit YOUR families tastes, you know them best.

This is YOUR lobster so make sure you taste the sauce before serving to make sure it’s spicy enough for YOU.

Variations

Choose the lobster size that will best fit your budget and your dinner guests.

  • Spicy – add red pepper flakes while cooking the butter for spice.

Equipment

Wooden Skewers, kitchen shears and a Meal Roasting pan are all the equipment you need for this dish.

Storage

Consume ALL of your cooked lobster within 24 hours of baking. You can make this lobster bisque if you have leftovers but I doubt ANYONE ever has leftover lobster….do they?

Lobster may not stand up well to freezing once baked. It gets funky and rubbery when reheated.

Top tip

DO NOT OVERCOOK THE LOBSTER. Make sure you take it out of the oven when it is about 140F when checked with a meat thermometer.

FAQs about Lobster

Lobster tails typically bake in 12 to 15 minutes depending on weight. They should be baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the internal temperature reaches about 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Baking lobster is preferred to boiling. Any time you boil protein, much of the flavor is lost in the water.

To keep lobster tails straight and beautiful when baking, pierce them with a skewer and run it through from head to tail fan. You can clip the skewers to your desired length for presentation.

Perfectly baked lobster with a skewer running through it from "head" to tail fan.

Food safety

  • Do not allow lobster to be thawed for more than 24 hours before cooking.
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw lobster meat.
  • Wash hands after touching raw lobster meat.
  • Don’t leave lobster sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended. (Thanks Captain Obvious)

Our Favorite

Side Dish Recipes for Lobster

Nine lobster tails on a white plate with lemon wedges

Perfect Baked Lobster

Brandy
In this recipe, we will be using the oven to bake the lobster tails. Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit when you are ready to bake. If you are using frozen lobster tails,- take them out beforehand and let them thaw fully before starting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 -8 oz lobster tails
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed or chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat the butter, and add the oil, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and parsley. Let it sizzle for a minute. Take this mixture off the heat and then add the cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Place a skewer through the meat to keep the tail from curling while cooking.
    Start at the "head side" and carefully run the skewer out the other side UNDER the tail fan. See post for more instruction if needed.
  • Place the lobster tails in a roasting pan. Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through, but not rubbery. It should be around 140F when tested with a thermometer.
  • Serve with dipping cups for the butter mixture, lemon or lime wedges and some Keto Fried Rice.

Notes

Tip: Do not discard the lobster tail shells after serving. Freeze them in a ziploc bag for another time. Lobster shells add depth and flavor to Lobster Bisque.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tailCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSodium: 415mgFiber: 0.2gNet Carbs: 0.8gFat Ratio per Serving: 97.71%Protein Ratio per Serving: 2.29%Carb Ratio per Serving: 1.83%
Keyword easy keto, Lobster
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