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boiled lobster
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How to Boil Lobster Tails

This is a foolproof method for cooking perfectly tender lobster tails.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lobster tails, seafood
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Marianne


For the Lobster Tails:

  • 4 lobster tails
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Lemon Garlic Butter Dipping sauce:

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons finely minced parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


To make the lobster tails:

  • In a large pot, bring the 8 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil.
  • Cut the lobster tails along the top of the shell, from the edge of the tail straight down the middle lengthwise to the bottom of the tail.
  • Carefully place the lobster tails in the boiling water, and boil for 1 minute per ounce of tail. For 4 ounce tails, boil for 4 minutes.

To make the lemon garlic butter dipping sauce:

  • In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium to medium low heat. Stir in the garlic and black pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Be careful to not let the butter brown ( turn down the heat if necessary).
  • Turn off the heat, stir in the parsley and lemon juice, and serve.


The calories listed are for one 4 ounce lobster tail, without the sauce included.  The calories in lobster tail will vary based on the size of the tails, but here are a few popular sizes:

Lobster Tail Calories:

3.5 ounce tail  89 calories
4 ounce tail 127 calories
6 ounce tail 160 calories


Calories: 127kcal