How to Cook Lobster Tails

How to Cook Lobster Tails
This easy recipe for lobster tails was inspired by a dish I made while working at Lake Arrowhead Resort.

Today I’m showing you how to cook lobster tails with a recipe that’s easy to prepare, but so big on flavor! I’ve been making this lobster tails recipe since I first started cooking professionally with chef Homaru Cantu (of Chicago’s MOTO fame), back when we worked together at Lake Arrowhead Resort in California. We made this garlic butter lobster tail recipe for New Year’s Eve back in the 1990s and it sold like crazy!

This garlic butter lobster tail recipe uses just a few ingredients. I bought my lobster tails at Costco, and the price was just $50 for 6 tails, as opposed to $50 or more per serving at most California restaurants! Here’s what you’ll need to make the lobster tails.

Note: You can cook this lobster tail on the grill, but it can be just as easily made on a cast iron grill or even a frying pan inside the home.

Split the lobster tails in half.
Pull the meat out of the shell.
Sear in a cast iron pan.
Baste in a mixture of butter, water, garlic and fresh parsley.

Butter Basted Lobster Tails

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 2


  • 6 lobster tails
  • For each two tails:
  • 2 teaspoons chive oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Garlic Butter Basting Sauce

  • 2 heaping tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree
  • 1/4 cup water as needed, with 1/2 cup extra on hand
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 pinch salt if desired
  • Fresh minced chives as garnish


  • To prepare this lobster tail with butter, you’ll need an outdoor grill or a cast iron grill pan. Watch the video to see how it’s made!
  • Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, filet mignon and creamed spinach!


Keyword lobster, shellfish