15 minutes (grilling) or 20 minutes (baking)
- 4 lobster tails
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Steamed asparagus or a side of your choice, for serving
Firstly, prepare the lobster tails by using kitchen shears to cut through the top hard shell, stopping at the tail fin. Gently pull apart the shell to expose the meat while keeping the tail end intact. Set aside.
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or the oven to 425°F (220°C).
In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Allow the flavors to meld for a few minutes.
Brush each lobster tail with the garlic butter mixture, ensuring that both the meat and the shell are coated generously. Reserve some of the mixture for basting later in the grilling or baking process.
If grilling: Place the lobster tails directly on the grill grates, flesh side down. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes, until lightly charred. Flip the tails over, brush with the remaining garlic butter mixture, and continue cooking for an additional 4-5 minutes until the meat is opaque and firm. Baste occasionally with the garlic butter for added flavor.
If baking: Arrange the prepared lobster tails on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until the meat is opaque and cooked through. Baste every 5 minutes with the garlic butter mixture to infuse each bite with a burst of flavor.
Once cooked, remove the lobster tails from the grill or oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley for an added touch of vibrancy and freshness.
Serve the Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter alongside steamed asparagus or your preferred side dish to create a perfectly balanced meal. Accompany it with fresh lemon wedges for a zesty burst of flavor that complements the richness of the lobster tails.
- For an elevated twist, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the garlic butter mixture to give the lobster tails a subtle kick.
- If you prefer a smoky aroma, try grilling the lobster tails over hardwood charcoal or wood chips soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking.
- For a decadent touch, you can melt some extra garlic butter for dipping to further enhance the flavor and provide an irresistible finishing touch.
From the simple gathering that transformed into a sumptuous feast to the delicate flavors that dance upon your palate, Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter has become synonymous with special moments and culinary delight in my family. I hope that this recipe becomes a cherished addition to your repertoire, and may each bite be an indulgence, reminding you that sometimes the simplest of pleasures can become extraordinary.