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Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails, is a super simple and easy lobster tail recipe with bold and delicious cajun garlic butter flavour! These lobster tails are first slathered with a 3-ingredient flavoured butter then broiled in the oven until deliciously tender. Serve this ready in under 30 minutes recipe with your favourite side dish for Valentines day, date night, or just an any time dinner!
If you are craving more delicious lobster recipes then you have to try my Twice Baked Lobster Stuffed Potatoes, my White Wine Garlic Butter Lobster Tails, or my Ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese!
Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails
What can I say, another seafood recipe…surprise surprise! Haha, it’s without doubt that I am a seafood fan and this recipe truly highlights this. If you are like the old me, lobster tails was once something I would shy away from cooking at home; however it is much easier than you think! This recipe is quick, easy, delicious and calls for basic ingredients – nothing better than that!
Here are some reasons why I love this Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails recipe:
- More cost effective and satisfying than the option on your favourite seafood restaurant menu
- Easy and very approachable step-by-step recipe – perfect for beginners
- The final result is delicious, tender, cajun, garlicky, buttery lobster tails
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Here are some topics I’ll be covering in this recipe blog post to help ensure this is one of the best lobster tail recipes you make at home!
- When shopping for lobster tails – what to look for and buying tips
- How to butterfly/prepare lobster tails
- Different ways to cook lobster tails
- How to make clarified butter
- What to serve with lobster tails
Ingredients Needed to Make Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails
- Lobster Tails – 6 to 8 ounce fresh or frozen lobster tails will do for this recipe.
- Butter – simply, butter makes it taste better and provides great flavour.
- Garlic – you can never have enough, and combined with the butter and cajun seasoning it’s a hit.
- Cajun Seasoning Blend – this gives the recipe the perfect cajun flavour and kick it needs. Alternatively you can use Creole Seasoning.
- Lemon Wedges – a fresh squeeze of lemon juice on these lobster tails brighten the flavour beyond belief.
How to Make Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails
1. Thaw Lobster Tails – if working with frozen lobster tails, thaw out lobster tails in a pot of cold water for 30 minutes or more, until fully thawed. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Make Cajun Garlic Butter – in a small bowl, add softened butter, minced garlic and cajun seasoning; set aside.
3. Butterfly Lobster Tails – butterfly the lobster tails using sharp kitchen shears. Cut the top of shell down the centre of the back to the end of the tail (be sure to keep the tail fin intact). Remove and rinse away the vein and any shell pieces, pat dry. Use your thumbs and fingers to spread open the shell on top, then gently pull the lobster meat upward, separating it from the bottom shell, but keep the tail end intact and attached. Squeeze the shell halves back together beneath the meat to make it easier for it to rest on top of the shell.
4. Add Cajun Garlic Butter & Broil – place lobster tails meat side up in a oven safe dish and evenly distribute the cajun garlic butter mixture over the lobster meat. Place in oven under the broiler setting for 10 to 12 minutes or until lobster meat is opaque, and edges are slightly charred.
5. Remove & Serve – remove from oven, spoon sauce over top of lobster tails if desired and serve with lemon wedges. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Fresh or Frozen Lobster Tails?
You can use either fresh or frozen lobster tails, for this recipe I used frozen. When using frozen tails be sure to thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or place them in a pot of cold water for 30 minutes or more, until fully thawed.
How to Butterfly a Lobster Tail
Follow these 5 simple steps for the perfect butterflied lobster tail:
- Cut and Split Shell – Using a sharp and clean pair of scissors or kitchen shears, cut along the centre of the top of the lobster shell in a straight line moving towards the fins of the tail. Do not cut through or past the end of the tail.
- Remove Vein & Shell Shards – Rinse away the vein and any shell shards that may have come loose during the cutting of the shell and pat dry.
- Separate the Meat from the Shell – using your thumbs and fingers, gently spread the halves of the tails apart, keeping the meat attached near the end of the tail.
- Lift Meat Over Shell – gently lift the meat of the lobster over the shell, keeping the base attached at the tail. Squeeze the shell halves back together beneath the meat to make it easier for it to rest on top of the shell.
How to Cook Lobster Tails (Different Ways to Cook Lobster Tails)
- Broiled: This is my favourite way to prepare lobster tails. It’s quick and easy, and yields the best and consistent results every time. Prepared in the oven under high heat on the broiler setting.
- Grilled: This is my second favourite way of preparing of lobster tails. Especially if you love the grill, preparing lobster this way way will be a treat.
- Baked: Prepared very similar to the broiled method, except with normal baking temps. This required extra cooking time as well as a less tender result.
- Poached: Also known as butter poaching where the lobster tail meat is gently cooked in melted butter with a gentle simmer but never comes to a full a boil.
- Boiled: This is one of the simplest, mose carefree and effortless ways to prepare lobster tails, however does not yield the best flavour. Prepared by boiling a pot of water and letting the tails boil for a few minutes.
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What is the Difference Between Clarified Butter and Ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter, this is the short of it. It is made by simmering butter slowly to remove any milk solids and water. It is an ultra-rich tasting butter, and extremely delicious with seafood – think of that warm melted butter they serve with your lobster/ crab legs at your favourite seafood restaurant. Here’s some additional information on Ghee by Aliza Abarbanel at Healthyish
Clarifying butter by removing water creates a higher smoke point—about 465º F compared to butter’s 350º F. The clarifying process also removes casein and lactose, making ghee suitable for the dairy-sensitive. The absence of water even makes ghee shelf-stable, meaning it can be stored without any refrigeration for extended periods of time.
What to Serve with Cajun Garlic Butter Lobster Tails
Try serving these delicious lobster tails with the following side dishes to make it a complete meal:
- Potato – baked, mashed, twice baked, or roasted
- Salad – pasta salad, green salad or potato salad will go well
- Rice – wild rice, white or whole grain
- French Baguette – perfect for dipping in the leftover cajun garlic butter
- Corn on the Cob – just delicious
- Steamed Veggies – carrots, beans, asparagus or whatever you most enjoy
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