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Recipe Poached Lobster Tails

Butter Poached Lobster Tails Recipe

Lobster tail meat is poached in a butter bath, rendering the meat buttery and tender.  

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 23 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter cut into 1 tbsp. pieces
  • (5) 3 oz. shucked lobster tails
  • Small shallow pot or a saucepan.
  • Instant Read thermometer (optional)
    Poached Lobster Tails ingredients


  1. In a saucepan, bring 2-3 tbs. of water to a simmer over medium heat.
    Water poach Lobster
  2. Whisk in 1 tbs. butter, when butter melts add another piece. Continuing adding butter pieces — 1 cup (two sticks total.) Do not let the butter come to a boil or the butter will separate. Try to keep the butter between 160 and 175 degrees F. Use an instant read thermometer to keep it under 180 F.
    Whisk butter poach lobster
  3. Add defrosted, raw tails. Cook for 6-8 minutes and turn tails in butter mixture. Again, make sure the butter does not come to a boil, reduce the heat if necessary. Be careful not to overcook lobster. Poached lobster tails should have an an internal temperature of about 130-135°
    lobster tails cooked butter


Serve poached lobster tails right from the pan with fresh sliced lemons.

  • Author: Lobster Louie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Poaching
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: butter poach lobster, butter poached lobster tails

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