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Lemon Garlic Lobster Tails

Lemon Garlic Lobster Tails

The Ultimate Lobster Tail Recipe: Restaurant-Quality at Home

Lobster tails are a luxurious and impressive dish, often reserved for fancy restaurants. But what if you could enjoy this delicacy at home, without the hassle or hefty price tag? This recipe is here to change the game!

Beyond Easy, Beyond Delicious:

This recipe unlocks the secrets to perfectly cooked lobster tails – juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor. But don't be fooled by the ease – the end result is a restaurant-worthy dish that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

The Star of the Show:

  • Gorgeous Lobster Tails:
    The recipe recommends 4 lobster tails, each weighing around 5 to 6 ounces. This is the perfect serving size, but feel free to adjust the quantity based on the number of guests.

The Flavor Symphony:

  • Garlic Lemon Butter: This simple yet divine sauce is the key to elevating your lobster tails. A combination of melted butter, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and a touch of Dijon mustard creates a symphony of flavors that perfectly complements the sweetness of the lobster.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preparing the Lobster Tails (Butterfly Technique):

    • Shelling Secrets:
      The first step is prepping the lobster tails using a technique called butterflying. Don't worry, it's easier than it sounds!
      • Use kitchen shears to cut through the top shell of the lobster tail, stopping at the base and carefully cutting through the top flesh.
      • Flip the tail over and gently crack the ribs in the center with your thumbs to make opening the shell easier.
      • Open the shell carefully and loosen the meat from the inside. Remove the vein running down the tail (if present).
      • Finally, lift the meat partially out of the shell, keeping it attached at the base. Gently press the empty shell halves together and lay the lobster meat on top, creating a presentation-ready butterfly shape.
  2. Prepping for Perfection:

    • Preheat and Position: Preheat your oven to broil and position the oven rack so the tops of the lobster tails will be at least 6 inches from the heating element. This ensures even cooking without burning the delicate flesh.
  3. The Flavorful Marinade:

    In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients: finely chopped fresh parsley, pressed garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. This aromatic blend will infuse the lobster with incredible flavor.

  4. Time to Broil:

    • Arrange and Season: Place the butterflied lobster tails in a roasting pan. Divide the marinade evenly over the tops of each lobster tail.
      • Dot with Butter: For an extra touch of richness, dot each lobster tail with small pieces of softened butter.
  5. Cooking to Perfection:

    Broil the lobster tails according to their size. The recipe provides a handy guide:

    • Smaller tails (3-4 oz) take 6-8 minutes.
    • Medium tails (5-6 oz) take 10-11 minutes.
    • Larger tails (7-9 oz) take 12-15 minutes when placed in the middle rack of the oven.

    The key is to cook the lobster meat until it's opaque and white in the center, reaching an internal temperature of 145°F for perfect doneness.

  6. The Finishing Touch:

    • Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce: While the lobster tails broil, you can prepare the decadent garlic lemon butter sauce. Simply drain the pan drippings from the roasting pan into a saucepan, whisk in the remaining butter, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and voila! You have a luxurious sauce ready to drizzle over your lobster tails.
  7. Plating and Enjoying:

    Transfer the cooked lobster tails to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley for a touch of color. Serve with the warm garlic lemon butter sauce on the side for dipping, and savor the restaurant-quality taste of perfectly cooked lobster at home!