Last night we had special visitors over for dinner. And by visitors, I mean dinner guests. We ate them.
Would you like to come over for dinner at our place sometime?
Okay, in all honesty, we did have special guests on our dinner plates-- lobster tails! I love lobster, but have not had it cooked out of a home kitchen in years. Yesterday Sprouts had a sale on them for $7 each. I couldn't pass the deal up.
The whole process of prepping, cooking, and then eating the lobster put me in a "Friends" mood (although I have yet to ever turn down an episode) and I was walking down Ross and Rachel's memory lane."Friends" fans, you get me-- I know you do.
Broiled Lobster Tail
Note: This method uses a scant amount of butter compared to most recipes for lobster preparation-- the results are still fabulous. However, if fancy dousing your lobster tail in golden clarified butter, I don't see how your taste buds would be at a loss.
1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
*this is for a single tail; adjust recipe according to your quantity
1. Prepare your lobster tail by using kitchen shears to cut straight down the shell. Pull apart the shell and carefully pull out the flesh of the tail until it comes out (or stop when there is just a little piece still attached). Replace the removed flesh on top of the shells and fold the loose meat, on the sides, over the edges.
For a great demonstration of how to properly prepare a lobster tail, read this information.
2. Season the tail with the pepper, salt, and paprika by sprinkling the seasonings over it. Place half of the butter amount on top of the prepared lobster tail, drizzle the olive oil all over, and place it in the broiler on the middle rack. Cook for 8-10 minutes. When finished, remove from the oven, rub the remaining butter over the tail, and squeeze a fresh wedge of lemon on top.