Baked garlic butter lobster tails in a baking dish garnished with lemon slices.

Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

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Baked garlic butter lobster tails are perfect for special occasions like Mother’s Day, Easter, or Christmas. The lobster tails are ready in less than 30 minutes. Plus, this recipe uses simple ingredients like garlic butter and fresh lemon juice, making the lobster tails succulent and extremely delicious. 

Can I Use Frozen Lobster Tails Instead Of Fresh Lobster Tails

Yes, you can use frozen lobster tails instead of fresh lobster tails. Frozen lobster tails are frozen at the peak of freshness, so there’s no need to worry that they will be less delicious than fresh lobster. However, if you are using frozen lobster tails, make sure you thaw the lobster tails in the fridge overnight before making this recipe. 

Do I Have To Split The Lobster Tails 

You do not have to split the lobster tails. I split the lobster tails because it stretches the lobster. Instead of 1 person getting an entire lobster tail, they get half which allows you to serve more people. 

Yes, the portions are smaller, but everyone will get a taste of the lobster. Plus, I always cook a second protein, like chicken, to go along with the lobster since it’s much cheaper. 

Baked garlic butter lobster tails in a baking dish garnished with lemon slices.

Do You Cover Lobster Tails When Baking

Covering the lobster tails is optional. However, I recommend it. It will decrease the chances that the lobster will dry out. If you bake the lobster tails without the foil, watch them carefully and remove them once they have an internal temperature of 145°F. 

Tips For Making Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails 

I used Caribbean spiny lobster, also known as rock lobster, to make this recipe. It is what’s available in the Bahamas. You can use Maine lobster in place of spiny lobster. However, you will have to cook them for 3-5 minutes longer, depending on the size of the lobster tails, until they have an internal temperature of 145°F. 

If you are splitting the lobster tails yourself, remove the dark vein running through the center of the tail before you season them. This is the lobster’s intestinal tract, and you do not want to eat it. 

Season the lobster tails lightly. Remember, there is seasoning in the garlic butter sauce. If you add too much seasoning to the lobster tails, it will be too salty. 

Spoon the garlic butter over the lobster tails instead of brushing it on. If you use a brush, you will remove the layer of seasoning you just applied to the lobster. 

How Do To Store Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

Let the lobster tails cool completely. Place them into an airtight container, then place them in the fridge. They will last for 2 days. 

How To Reheat Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

You can reheat the lobster tails in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Do not heat the crawfish longer than a minute, or it may dry out.

You can also reheat the lobster tails in the oven. Preheat the oven to 325°F, then place the lobster tails into a baking dish and wrap it with foil. The foil will prevent the lobster tails from drying out. Bake the lobster tails for 8-10 minutes until they are heated through.  

What To Serve With Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

Many sides pair well with lobster tails. For example, air fryer potato wedges, cauliflower rice, sauteed spinach, garlic parmesan potato wedges, and steamed cabbage pair well with garlic butter lobster tails. Mashed potatoes and a side salad also pair well with lobster tails. 

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Baked Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

Recipe by Sarah
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Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: Gluten-Free, KetoDifficulty: Easy


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Garlic butter lobster tails are full of flavor. They are covered in garlic butter and lemon juice and then baked until tender and delicious. Best of all, this delicious recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. Overall, this is one of the best garlic butter lobster tails recipes you will ever taste. 

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  • 4 lobster tails, cut in half

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of complete seasoning

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 stick garlic and herb butter (I used Kerrygold’s brand)

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 lemon, sliced


  • Set the oven to 400°F and let it preheat.
  • Add the garlic butter to a small skillet and set it over medium-high heat.
  • Place the lobster tails in a small baking dish, and season them with 1/2 teaspoon of complete seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon of old bay, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Set the lobster tails aside.
  • Let the garlic butter melt, then add the remaining complete seasoning, garlic powder, old bay, black pepper, and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Cook it for 30 seconds, then remove it from the heat.
  • Spoon the garlic butter over the lobster tails, then wrap them tightly with foil.
  • Bake the lobster tails for 10-15 minutes until the lobster meat is opaque and firm and they have an internal temperature of 145°F.


  • I used Caribbean spiny lobster to make this recipe. They are slightly smaller than Maine lobster, so they take less time to cook. If you use Maine lobster, cook them for 3-5 minutes longer until they have an internal temperature of 135°F.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories224
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 21g 33%
    • Saturated Fat 14g 70%
  • Cholesterol 160mg 54%
  • Sodium 559mg 24%
  • Potassium 20mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1.5g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.4g 0%
    • Sugars 0.4g
  • Protein 1.2g 2%

  • Calcium 104%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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  1. I tried this for my family . This came out wonderful

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