Baked Lobster Tails

Celebrate Valentine's Day—or any special date night—with this classic baked lobster tails recipe for two. Fresh or frozen lobster tails work well here and the recipe is easily doubled if you want the whole family to enjoy this simple yet decadent dinner.

Baked Lobster Tails
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 (4-ounce) or 2 (8-ounce) fresh or frozen, thawed lobster tails

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Using kitchen shears, cut along the length of each lobster tail shell; do not cut through the wide end of the tail. Using a knife, make a shallow cut in the meat, leaving the fan intact. Remove the vein running through the tail. (If needed, rinse the tails under cold running water. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.) Using your fingers, loosen the meat from the shells, but do not remove the shells. Place the tails on the prepared baking sheet.

  2. Combine butter, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Mash with a fork until well combined. Divide the butter mixture evenly among the lobster tails and, using your fingers, spread the mixture evenly over the lobster meat.

  3. Bake the tails until the lobster meat is plump, opaque and pulling away from the sides of the shells, about 10 minutes. Transfer the tails to a plate and spoon any melted butter from the baking sheet over them. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
18g Fat
1g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Vitamin A 588IU 12%
Sodium 432mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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