Phoebe: Hang in there, it’s gonna happen.
Ross: What? Okay, now how do you know that?
Phoebe: Because she’s your lobster.
Chandler: Oh, she’s goin’ somewhere.
Phoebe: Come on, you guys. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobster couples walkin’ around their tank, you know, holding claws like…

Austin is relatively far from both oceans, but luckily we have Costcos, HEBs, and Central Markets with wonderful selection of lobster tails from all over the world. The Valentine’s Day is when they have them in assortment, and very often on sale. HEB’s Canadian (cold water!) 4oz tails are $5 each. Every Friday Costco has fresh fancy tropical lobster tails for $19.99 per pound. Costco’s warm water lobsters are often very impressive visually — giant and colorful, and they are delicious broiled.

Broiled Lobster Tail

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: European
Keyword: broiled, lobster, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, recipe, seafood
Servings: 1 portion


  • 8 oz lobster tail
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • Prepare the tail for broiling. (If you buy it frozen, thaw lobster tail completely.) Cut the "ribs". It'll help to open the shell easier and prevent it from curling during the cooking.
  • Insert kitchen shears between shell and meat and cut down center of shell leaving fan tail attached. Remove the last section of the tail. It'll help you to better position the tail meat on top of its shell.
  • Using your fingers, gently loosen and lift meat out of shell and rest on top.
  • Melt butter with salt (and fresh chopped herbs if using) and brush it generously on all the sides of tail meat and on top of the shell.
  • Place tail in baking pan with small amount of water and broil 6 to 8 inches from heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until meat is no longer transparent. Enjoy!
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