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Grilled or Broiled Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

Serves 2

I love lobster and usually reserve it as a special treat. However, when the tails are on sale, I buy some to freeze for later use. This recipe has become one of my favorite preparations because it is light, simple and absolutely delicious. It is quick and easy enough for any day, but makes a special presentation for elegant entertaining. The recipe will work with any size tails, adjusting the cooking time as needed.

Grilled or Broiled Lobster Tails Recipe Photo

Preheat broiler to high. Position the oven rack about six inches from the broiler element. (If grilling, prepare the grill in the same manner.)

Split the lobster tails lengthwise, cutting from the soft side. (A good knife will work, but kitchen shears make the job easier.) Using your fingers, loosen the meat from the shell, keeping it intact at the fan end so it doesn't fall out. If broiling, place the tails, cut side up, on a baking sheet lined with foil for easy cleanup.

Place the garlic and butter in a small microwavable bowl. Heat just until the butter is melted and the garlic is slightly softened, about 20 to 30 seconds. Generously brush the garlic butter over the tops of the tails. Season with salt and pepper. Broil until the shells start to turn red, about 4 minutes. Turn so that the shells are right side up. Broil an additional 2 minutes. (If grilling, start with cut side down, then turn.) Serve immediately.

Notes: If the tails you find are smaller, make two per person. If desired, the meat can be removed from the shells before serving. However, I think it makes a prettier presentation if left in the shells. Although I think this is best served as is, you can make a little extra hot garlic butter for drizzling over the cooked lobster. This recipe can be made in any amount.