Lemon & Garlic Baked Lobster Tails

It’s been forever since my last post. I’ve got so much to catch up on but I’m working on it slowly!! Life’s been a little hectic the last 4 months! I made these lobster tails for my Mom, who LOVES her lobster. I try and catch lobster tails on sale at my local grocery story and make them often!! These were on the smaller size, only about 4 oz.

There are many ways to cook lobster. I’ve butter poached, grilled, baked and even put in the air fryer! I was making 4 this time so decided to use the oven.

Garlic & Lemon Baked Lobster Tails

4 lobster tails (about 4-6 oz each),
4 tablespoons butter (I used salted) , melted
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tablespoon dried minced onion (optional)
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons, onion powder
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Prepare the lobster tails by using the butterfly method. Using kitchen shears cut the shell starting at the opening of the tail. Cut a slit down the tail, stopping before you get to the end. Gently open the shell on both sides and pull the meat out and place over the top of the shell. Complete this step with all lobster tails.

In a small bowl add in the melted butter, spices, garlic and lemon juice and mix well. Add the lobster tails to a oven safe dish. Spoon the butter mixture evenly over the lobster tails.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the tail or when the lobster reaches 135°-140°. Remove from the oven, serve immediately with melted butter and a lemon wedge and ENJOY!

Chef Notes: If using salted butter be careful of any extra salt so the lobster doesn’t get to salty. Lobster tails can overcook very easily. Make sure to watch them closely as overcooked lobster is rubbery and not pleasant. Change up the seasoning to your preference. No fresh garlic on hand? Garlic paste works just as well!

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Lobster Tail

I love seafood! Recently I made a seafood feast with crab legs, lobster tails, mussels and clams and it was so delicious! I call it “working” on content but it’s a delicious way to work if you ask me! Anyway, I love lobster and I decided to try to switch up how I make it! These were cooked in the air fryer and I must say they came out phenomenal. So quick, so tender and so delicious.

The best way is to butterfly the lobster. I started doing this a while back to my tails and I love how they come out. It looks pretty professional, too but it’s so simple! Start by cutting the top of the shell, pull the shell open and using your fingers pull the meat out and lay on top of the shell. You still want the meat attached to the shell slightly to keep it in place.

This recipe has a very simple garlic butter. You can just use butter and lemon and keep very simple. Check out the recipe and cooking instructions below.

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

2 lobster tails, butterflied
1/2 stick salted butter, melted
1 garlic cloves, grated
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp parsley
sprinkle salt
sprinkle pepper

Directions: Preheat the air fryer. (Mine preheats for 3 minutes at 400°) Add the lobster tails to an air fryer safe pan. Add the butter, garlic, parsley, lemon and salt & pepper to a bowl and mix well. Using a brush, brush the butter mixture over the lobster. Add into the air fryer and cook at 380° for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, brush more butter onto the lobster and cook another 4-5 minutes until fully cooked. The tail is done when the meat turns a milky white and the shell is a bright red. Note: Cook time will vary depending on the size of the lobster tail. These lobster tails were only about 5 oz each, anything larger make take 10-12 minutes to fully cook. Avoid overcooking as the lobster will become chewy and rubbery if over cooked.

Lobster Linguine with Crostini

I know I’ve been MIA lately on posting new recipes. I’ve still been working on new recipes just need to get them written out. 2021 has started out great for a few reason but I got a promotion at work early February and I’ve been so busy. I love the new job, I’m really enjoying it a lot. I’m hoping this is just the start of great things to come in 2021, especially after the last year!

Enough about that. Cooking is still my passion. I have so many great recipes to share. Stay tuned for me.

Let’s start out with this one that I’m really excited about. Lobster Linguine! Buttery, rich, and perfect for your next date night!

Lobster Linguine

4 lobster tails, meat removed (cut into bite size pieces) (reserve shells, no small pieces)
6 T salted butter
1 cup white wine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small onion, diced
2 T extra virgin olive oil (good quality)
1 T parsley, finely chopped
1/2 t xantham gum
6 oz linguine, cooked a dente
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat with olive oil. Add in reserved lobster shells. No small pieces. Cook until the shells turn red.

Remove shells and discard. Add in onion and garlic and cook 3 minutes. Next add in the butter and let it melt then add in the wine.

Reduce the heat to low and add in the lobster meat. Let the lobster cook through till white and red in color. Around 4-6 minutes stirring often.

Add in the parsley and xantham gum and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the cooked linguine and gently toss together. Add in the parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with crostini.

Air Fryer Crostini

1 small baguette
1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T melted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
2 t fresh parsley, chopped
sprinkle salt & pepper

Directions: Cut the baguette on the bias and set aside. Mix the rest of the ingridents together and brush the baguette with the butter mixture. Add to air fryer rack and cook at 400, for 3-5 minutes. Remove and set asside till ready to use. Note: The crostini will crisp up more once recmoved from the oven.