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baked lobster tail on a white plate with vegetables

Baked Lobster Tails

How to bake both cold and warm water lobster tails in the oven for the perfect taste and texture every time.

Course Main Course
Keyword oven baked
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 223 kcal
Author Sarah Pope




  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 204 C.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Stir in crushed garlic cloves. Set aside.

  3. Trim off underside flaps of shell from each lobster tail using kitchen shears.

  4. Using kitchen shears, cut lengthwise down the entire top side of each tail. Gently pry open the two halves of the cut tail shell to expose the lobster meat. This 30 second video has a good demonstration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_pTfZh9Rjg

  5. Season the exposed, butterflied meat with coarse sea salt and pepper.

  6. Brush half the melted garlic butter set on the seasoned lobster meat (top and underside). The remaining butter will be used at the table for dipping the cooked meat.

  7. Place the buttered and butterflied tails evenly on the baking sheet.

  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  9. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Save shells for making lobster broth.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Lobster Tails
Amount Per Serving (8 oz tail meat)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.5g19%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 875mg36%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 25.5g51%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 0.49mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.