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Butter Seared Lobster Tails

Ever wondered how to cook lobster tail right on the stove? Wonder no more with our butter seared lobster tails recipe!
With a kick of lemon, garlic, butter and oil, you're minutes away from perfect, juicy, flavourful seared lobster tails.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Karina


  • 4 6oz (170g) lobster tails
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, (adjust to your taste)
  • 4 large cloves garlic crushed
  • Lemon slices to serve
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley to garnish


  • Thaw out lobster tails, if frozen, in a pot of cold water for 30 minutes or more, until fully thawed. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. 
  • Using sharp kitchen shears, cut the top shell down the centre of the back to the end of the tail, leaving tail fan intact. Remove vein or shell shards, if any. Run your finger between the meat and the shell to loosen it. Spread the meat slightly open. Pull and lift the lobster meat off of the bottom of the shell, being careful not to pull the tail out completely.
  • Season lobster tails generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter and oil in a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and sear lobster, flesh side down on the pan, for 2 minutes until edges are crisp and golden.
  • Flip all tails, cover pan and let cook for a further 1-2 minutes, or until shells are pink and meat has just cooked through (opaque) -- be careful not to overcook!
    (TIP: If shells have not completely changed colour, simply use tongs to rotate the lobster in the hot pan juices until shells have changed colour.)
  • Melt the remaining butter in the centre of the pan; sauté the garlic until fragrant (about 1 minute). Squeeze in remaining lemon juice and spoon pan juices over the lobster meat.
  • Take off heat immediately and garnish with parsley
    Serve with remaining pan sauce and lemon slices.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 390mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g