Turn the Heat Up: Broiled Lobster Tails with Jalapeno Butter

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Let’s turn up the heat with broiled lobster tails with jalapeno butter! Using the oven method for this broiled tails recipe is not only quick and easy, but is a perfect way to pair with steak to create a great tasting and slightly spicy surf ‘n turf!

Broiled Lobster Tails with Jalapeno Butter
Wendy O’Neal, Around My Family Table

With a variety of ways to cook lobster tails: baking, steaming, grilling, broiling, smoking and even deep frying, the preparation of this mild flavored, medium textured meat is versatile and easy.

Broiling is one of the quickest and most flavorful ways to cook lobster tails, making it a popular choice for those wondering how to cook lobster tails effectively.

By far, our favorite way of preparing lobster tails is broiling.

A method widely used in low fat cooking, broiling uses high heat (500 degrees F.) and a short amount of time to impart great taste and visual appeal. It’s a preferred way of cooking thin cut meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables.

You can also broil using a dry heat method. A style of coking where you set the stove on high heat and cook the proteins on a dry (non-oiled) cast iron or non-stick pan. Both types of broiling can create a large amount of smoke, so it’s important that you have good ventilation especially when using the dry heat method.

Special thanks to Wendy O’Neal who runs the popular food blog, Around My Family Table, for preparing this red hot  broiled lobster recipe and taking these gorgeous photos! Wendy competed at the World Food Championships and is the author of Smoke it Like a Pitmaster.

Broiled Lobster Tails wіth Jalapeno Butter

Jalapeno Butter Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-іnch pieces
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • black pepper to taste
  • perhaps zest of 2 lemons instead of the pepper
Broiled Lobster Tails Jalapeno Butter Recipe
Wendy O’Neal, Around My Family Table

Broiled Lobster Tails Instructions

  1. In a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Usіng a spoon, remove the foam from the top of the butter mixture.   Note:  the butter wіll separate leaving a clear yellow liquid on top (clarified butter) and chunky solids on the bottom.
  4. Place the diced jalapenos in small bowl and pour the clarified butter over the jalapenos.  Discard the milk solids.


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Completely thaw lobster tails in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler.
  3. Using kitchen shears , cut through the top shell lengthwise. Cut a slit through the meat lengthwise taking care not to cut through to the bottom shell. Gently pull the shells apart to expose the meat.
  4. Brush the meat with 1/4 cup of the jalapeno clarified butter.
  5. Wrap the tails іn heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the lobster meat is opaque.
  7. Place the remainіng clarified jalapeno butter in a dipping bowl to accompany the lobsters when serving.

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