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Perfect Butter Poached Lobster Tail

This Butter Poached Lobster Tail recipe is a decadent, fun cooking method that produces perfectly tender lobster every time! 

If I've ever made you my butter poached lobster recipe, just know that I love you very much!

This is one of my most prized lobster recipes. I love to make it for special occasions or the holidays.

For this easy lobster recipe, the lobster tail meat is poached in a butter bath. This easy cooking process renders the lobster meat tender and decadent. It's the perfect recipe for date night, or any occasion where you want to impress your guests!

I tried this recipe last night. I added juice from one lemon to the butter/water and a bit of "garlic wine butter spice" to the butter/water as well while it was heating up. I didn't use the sticks. What a fantastic recipe...and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I did make sure I used a digital thermometer.

Michele
Butter Poached Lobster

When I first tried poaching lobster in butter, I admit that I was a bit intimidated. Lobster is very expensive here in the Midwest, so I'm always extra nervous to mess it up!

In the past, we've tried cooking lobster with mixed results. When it's dried out or overcooked, lobster gets rubbery, and it feels like such a waste!

Butter Poached Lobster

The first time we tried to poach lobster tail was for Christmas Eve dinner. We were hosting family, and wanted our Christmas dinner to be special.

We settled on a creative surf and turf menu featuring venison loan and delicious buttered lobster tail!

It turned out AMAZING! It was a meal to remember, and one that we've repeated several times since. Poached lobster in butter is a bit time consuming, but once you get the hang of it, it's a super easy and repeatable process!

Hiland Dairy Butter

Make sure you use high quality butter for this easy lobster recipe! I've kept the recipe simple, but here are some suggestions to enhance your butter bath!

  • Add a splash of white wine
  • Add fresh herbs (I like rosemary and thyme)
  • Add a clove of chopped garlic
Butter Poached Lobster

Great Side Dishes for Lobster

I recommend serving this yummy lobster tail recipe with simple sides like:

Butter Poached Lobster

Perfect Butter Poached Lobster Tail

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
This Butter Poached Lobster Tail recipe is a decadent, fun cooking method that produces perfectly tender lobster every time! 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound of salted butter
  • 4 lobster tails (4-6 ounce)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the lobster tails: Shuck the lobster tails by cutting up the middle of the inside of the tail with a kitchen scissors, and then gently prying the meat from the shell with your fingers. This is slow work, so allow for enough time (and patience) to get it done without compromising the lobster meat. How to Butter Poach Lobster To keep the lobster from curling, you can optionally thread a wooden or metal skewer through the lobster tail meat to keep it from curling while cooking. If your wooden skewer is too long, you can shorten it by breaking or cutting it to the right size. How to Butter Poach Lobster
  2. Prepare the butter bath: To a large pot, add water and heat over medium for about 1 minute.
  3. Reduce heat to low and slowly add butter, whisking continuously. Do not allow to come to a boil.
  4. Poach the lobster: Add the lobster tails to the butter bath and cook over low, continuously spooning butter over the top of the tails. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, then remove from the pot when the internal temperature of the tails reads 140 degrees Fahrenheit with an instant read thermometer. How to Butter Poach Lobster
  5. Remove skewers and serve warm.

Notes

The nutrition information automatically calculated on this recipe will be quite a bit inflated, since the majority of the butter is not absorbed by the lobster.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 935Total Fat: 94gSaturated Fat: 59gTrans Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 320mgSodium: 922mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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Butter Poached Lobster Tails

Mama Michele

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

I tried this recipe last night. I added juice from one lemon to the butter/water and a bit of "garlic wine butter spice" to the butter/water as well while it was heating up. I didn't use the sticks. What a fantastic recipe...and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I did make sure I used a digital thermometer.

Michelle Goth

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Isn't it amazing how easy it is and how GOOD they turn out? Thanks for letting me know how they turned out!

Karla Schlagel

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Do you only use 2 tablespoons of water?

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Hi Karla! Yes, only two tablespoons. Just a hearty splash. You're doing this just to help the butter mixture loosen up a bit.

Sue Martinez

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

You don't mention the size lobster you used. How long would I poach them if they are about 10 oz each? Would Kerrygold Butter be ok to use?

Hannah

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

This looks so delicious! I've decided to try this for my Christmas Eve dinner. I'm not lucky enough to live near a coast, which means this is going to take a little extra effort (for anyone else who buys online: https://qualityseafooddelivery.com/lobster/), but this looks well worth the effort. I also loved the gorgeous pictures of your final result!

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