We recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and since we weren’t able to go to a restaurant for dinner, we decided to celebrate with a nice dinner at home. We decided to get some fresh lobster in order to have an elegant seafood dinner. There are several ways to prepare lobster tails and all of them create a tasty meal, but we chose to bake the lobster tail because of the presentation. We ordered our lobster tails from a company in Maine that ships them overnight and allows you to pick the size of your lobster tail. The lobster tails that we selected were between 12 and 14 ounces, which definitely made for a hearty meal. In fact, even though we ordered two tails and this recipe is for two tails, we only cooked one because it would have been too much for the two of us to eat. Regardless of the size of your tail, butterflying them and then baking them not only makes them more attractive but also helps the meat cook more evenly. We’d highly suggest that you try this method if you get a chance to cook fresh lobster tails. We served our lobster tails with a lobster bisque and crab cakes with a roumelade sauce.
- 2 Fresh Lobster Tails (12 to 14 oz each) – thawed
- 12 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 Lemon – cut into wedges
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Butterfly the lobster by cutting the upper shell down the center with a pair of cooking shears, being sure to leave the tail in tact. Take a knife and cut into the meat about half way through along the slit where the tail has been cut. This will allow the meat to open up as it cooks. Next, use your fingers to separate the meat from the shell by sliding your fingers between the meat and the shell. Be careful not to cut yourself on the shell or to break the shell in the process. Carefully pull the meat up through the slit, leaving it attached to the tail, so that it sits on top of the shell. Rinse the lobster tail and remove any veins or tomalley. Place the lobster tails into a baking dish with about a half-inch of water, this will allow the shell to steam and turn red and also help to keep the lobster moist. Spread 2 tablespoons of butter over the meat of each of the lobster tails, which will also help to keep the meat moist while it bakes as well as add flavor. Place the lobster into the oven and bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 140 degrees at the thickest part of the meat (about 18 to 25 minutes). It is important to use a thermometer to ensure that the lobster is fully cooked as well as to not overcook the lobster, which will make the meat tough. While the lobster is baking, melt the remaining 8 ounces of butter and use a spoon to remove any sediment to create a clarified butter. When the lobster is done, remove it from the oven, sprinkle it with the paprika and serve with the clarified butter, lemon wedges, and sides of your choice.