Broiled Lobster Tail is a decadent treat!

Broiled Lobster Tail: Decadent sweet lobster meat in a creamy butter sauce with garlic and fresh herbs. This lobster tail recipe lets the natural flavors of the lobster shine through. Easy, delicious, and simple. Really, one of the best lobster recipes you’ll find.

Once you learn how to cook lobster tail, you’ll want to make it all of the time. It’s so easy and so delicious! Lobster tails are great served with Brussels Sprout Salad, Baked Potatoes and Glazed Carrots. Don’t forget to add some 30 Minute Dinner Rolls to sop up the delicious garlic butter!

Broiled lobster tail with a lemon wedge and fresh parsley on a white plate and a napkin in the background

An Easy Lobster Tail Dinner

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, chances are you are thinking of what you could make for a romantic dinner. You could go out, wait in long lines, or make reservations months in advance, pay exorbitant prices, and have a fantastic night. OR, you could stay in, with a bottle of your favorite wine, or a delicious cocktail, and make a dish that is both easy and delicious–Lobster Tail!

Cooking Lobster tails is one of those things most people don’t even try themselves, but should. Once you learn how to make lobster tail at home, you’ll realize that it is far simpler than you thought! You just need the following:

The shears are used to butterfly the lobster, and the baking dish to cook it! Truthfully, preparing lobster tails at home only takes about 10 -15 minutes. And just think of the savings!

Broiled lobster tail on a white plate with fresh parsley, lemon slice, and a blue and white napkin and gold fork in the background

How to Buy Lobster

If you want great broiled lobster tails, you have to start with great lobster. I have written an entire post on what you need to know about buying lobster tails so you don’t waste your money on lobster that is going to turn out mushy, flavorless, or tasting like ammonia.  The three most important things to know:

  1. Buy cold water lobster tails
  2. Check for discoloration on the meat
  3. Avoid tails soaked in sodium tripoyphosphate.

How to Cook Lobster Tail

Once you have purchased a quality lobster tail, it is time to cook it. What is the best way to cook lobster tail? There are a ton of ways to cook lobster, from baking, to air frying, to boiling, to steaming. Grilled lobster tail is popular, but honestly, broiling is the best way to cook lobster tail! You can learn about other methods for cooking lobster here. To broil lobster in the oven, follow these three easy steps:

  • Thaw the lobster tail just before cooking. You can do this by submerging it in water (cold or lukewarm), or by refrigerating it for 1 day before preparing. Do not thaw too soon, as it does not keep well.
  • Butterfly lobster tail (instructions below), and clean it.
  • Cover lobster tail with your butter sauce. And broil until finished.

How to Butterfly a Lobster Tail

  • With shell-side up, point lobster tail away from you.
  • Take your kitchen shears, and start at the center of the shell, and cut toward the end of the tail, cutting the shell and the top of the lobster meat.
  • Stop cutting when you hit the base of the tail.

Kitchen shears are used to cut the lobster tail. Two lobster tails on a white plate with parsley garnish

  • Flip the tail over and using your thumbs, press down on the center all along the bottom of the tail. This is called cracking the ribs.
  • Flip back over.
  • Carefully insert your thumb between the shell and the meat, and loosen the meat, detaching it from the sides. Be careful so you don’t cut your fingers on the sharp shell.
  • Loosen the sides, but leave the meat attached to the base of the shell.
  • Lift the meat up and out of the shell, and set it on top of the shell, while keeping it attached to the base.

Now it should look pretty, like how it is served at a restaurant, and you can move forward with the cooking of the lobster.

Two butterflied lobster tails in a white baking dish ready for the oven

How Long to Broil Lobster

Broiling lobster tails is a great way to cook lobster, it is quick, easy, and mostly hands free. But over-cooking lobster is the only way to ruin it. So paying attention to the cooking time is critical. The rule of thumb is to broil for about a minute to a minute and a half per ounce, with the lobster tail being 4-5 inches from the heat or on the top rack. But to get it right, use a meat thermometer. You want the lobster meat to be opaque and white in center, and reach 145˚F.

Broiling Times for Lobster Tails

Count on 5 to 9 minutes to cook smaller lobster tails (around 4 ounces). Lobster tails that are closer to 6 will take approximately 10 to 11 minutes broiling time, and lobster tails that about 8 ounces will cook in about 12 to 15 minutes. Again, use a meat thermometer so that you cook them just right, to 145˚F.

If you’re cooking a larger lobster tail, you’ll want to move the rack down one space in the oven so it doesn’t brown too much.

Two cooked lobster tails with butter sauce with garlic and parsley in a white baking dish


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If by chance you have any leftover lobster tail, you can add Easy Lobster Bisque to your repetoire! Keep the shells to get the best flavor possible.

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Broiled Lobster Tail

Sweet and delicious broiled lobster tail in a garlic butter herb sauce that enhances the natural flavor of the lobster and really lets it shine. 

  • 2 lobster tails (4-8 ounces, cold water)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (salted)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 lemon wedges
  1. Pre-heat oven broiler to high heat, and put rack on top setting. 

  2. Use kitchen shears to butterfly and clean lobster tails. Remove digestive track, and rinse off. 

  3. Place butterflied lobster tail in a baking dish or broiler pan with the shell side down, so meat will be closest part the top oven element.  Set aside.

  4. In a small microwave safe dish, melt 2 Tablespoons butter in microwave by heating for 20-30 seconds. 

  5. Stir in minced garlic and fresh, finely chopped parsley.

  6. Carefully spoon butter mixture over lobster meat. Reserve some for after cooking. 

  7. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the top of each lobster tail.

  8. Place lobster tail in oven and broil 4-5 inches from heat for around 1.25 minutes per ounce (one minute and 15 seconds per ounce). If broiling large tails, broil farther away from the heat source (approximately 6-8 minutes)

  9. Remove from oven, use a meat thermometer to test doneness (140 degrees F) or check that meat is no longer translucent, but rather white or opaque. 

  10. Remove from baking dish, and serve with remaining butter, and a squeeze of lemon. 

If cooking a lobster tail larger than 9 ounces, move oven rack down to middle setting.
If lobster meat is slightly pink, this just means it is from a female lobster, nothing to worry about.

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Broiled Lobster Tail is a decadent treat! Sweet lobster meat in a creamy butter sauce with garlic and fresh herbs is so easy to make and incredibly delicious! #spendwithpennies #lobstertail #lobstertails #easyrecipe #garliclobster #broiledlobster #broiledlobstertails #dinner #specialoccasion

Perfect Lemon Bars

Stacked Lemon Bars With a Powered Sugar Topping

This Easy Lemon Bars Recipe is a refreshing, sweet, and slightly tart treat made up of a lemony custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust.

This easy dessert is quick to make and every absolutely loves them!

A stack of 3 lemon bars on a light blue plate.

Easy Lemon Bars

Never in a million years did I think I’d say that I like love Lemon Bars… but I do!!!

I’ve always liked lemonade and lemon chicken but lemon desserts and pastries were never hard for me to pass up. However, a few years ago I finally gave lemon a second chance and was pleasantly surprised to find how deliciously fantastic it is in things like cheesecake, cupcakes, and these bars.

A tray of lemon bars cut into squares

The Buttery Crust

What makes these so good? First, that crumbly buttery shortbread crust. And please don’t substitute the butter with margarine or shortening. Butter is best and makes everything 983x better.

And the FRESH lemon… Second, to make this lemon bar recipe, you need the best lemon custard! When baked, it forms a crust on top with the soft sweet and tangy filling underneath. Fresh lemon juice is a must! And to top it all off, they’re sprinkled with powdered sugar… LOTS of powdered sugar.

How Much Juice is in One Lemon

Like most fruit, lemons can range in size but on average each lemon will give you give about 3 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Each lemon will provide about 1 tablespoon of lemon zest using a microplane grater.

My only warning, besides being irresistible and ruining your diet, is to not make these for your birthday, or at least just don’t put birthday candles on them. Trust me! I know from experience. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and Lemon Bars were his cake of choice. The candles were stuck down into the bars and lite, we sang “Happy Birthday”, waited as he paused to make a wish… then inhale, exhale… BOOM! The powdered sugar rose into a dust cloud that quickly caught fire and slightly singed his eyebrows. It was quite shocking, scary, and hilarious all at the same time. Oh, the life lessons we learn.

An overhead photo of easy lemon bars on two different plates

If you’re looking for a bright and cheery dessert for your upcoming spring or summer party, make these sweet and tangy refreshing Lemon Bars!

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Classic Lemon Bars

Sweet tangy lemon curd baked on top of a buttery shortbread crust.

For the Crust:

  • 10 tablespoons butter (, room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 3 large eggs (, room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice ((about 2 lemons))
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×9 inch pan.
  2. Mix the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together. Cut the butter into the mix until crumbly and then press into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Meanwhile, make the filling.

For the Filling:

  1. Whisk all the filling ingredients together until combined.
  2. Pour over the cooked crust and place back in the oven for 17-20 minutes until filling is set.
  3. Cool completely, dust with powdered sugar, cut into squares.


These Lemon Bars are a refreshing, sweet, and slightly tart treat made up of a lemony custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust.

Lemon Shrimp Linguine

Lemon Shrimp Linguine is an incredibly flavorful (and quick) pasta dish that we can’t get enough of. Juicy shrimp are tossed with a lemony linguine and a creamy sauce made from shallots, artichokes, and capers to take shrimp scampi to the next level.

I am so excited to partner with Cost Plus World Market and their amazing selection of ingredients and cookware to bring you this flavorful lemon shrimp linguine recipe. It is definitely going to become a staple around here!

Shrimp linguine in a bowl, this is a family favorite

Linguine and shrimp go together like… well linguine and shrimp!

In a shrimp linguine like this one, the ingredients are everything. From robust briney flavors from the capers and olives, to a hint of smokiness from the grilled marinated artichokes and the freshness of lemon you’re going to love this linguine pasta!

I love grilled artichokes (which you can buy in a jar already grilled and marinated) and the addition of shallots, white wine and capers create the perfect sauce.

A selection of ingredients used to create lemon shrimp linguine, the best shrimp pasta ever!

Make Meals a Breeze

Cost Plus World Market is one of my fave places to shop (I grab a coffee before I go and can literally browse for hours). I always seem to be able to find something new, tons of great kitchen items from gadgets to prep and table decor.

My fave section (which should be of no surprise) is all of the Gourmet and International foods and wines!  Lots of fun foods that make creating great meals a breeze.

Ensuring you have the right tools in the kitchen, saves both time and money. For this shrimp linguine recipe, I was able to get almost everything I needed to prep the recipe (including most of the ingredients) Cost Plus World Market!

Sliced olives are the perfect addition to our favorite shrimp pasta dish, lemon shrimp linguine.

From Epicurean Cutting Boards and  JA Henckles International knives to GreenPan cookware and of course beautiful tableware! I cooked the shrimp for this linguine in the GreenPan frying pan, it does a phenomenal job and everything literally slides out of the non-stick surface.

How To Make Shrimp Linguine

Shrimp linguine is very simple and quick to make.  While the water is heating you can cook your shrimp and while the noodles boil you can make the sauce so the entire dish is ready in less than 30 minutes.  Impressive right?

Artichokes, olives and capers ready to go into a lemon shrimp linguine recipe for shrimp pasta

  1. Boil the linguine in a pot of salted, boiling water.
  2. While the pasta cooks, season and fry the shrimp for a couple minutes on each side. Set aside.
  3. Using the same pan, add shallots, garlic, white wine and bone broth and simmer (this is where it starts to smell insanely good).
  4. Add in all of the remaining ingredients – capers, artichokes, olives, and heavy cream for some extra richness.
  5. Simmer for about 5 more minutes, then remove it from the heat.
  6. Toss the linguine and shrimp into the sauce.

It’s the perfect finishing tough! Serve the lemon shrimp linguine topped with shredded cheese and parsley for some extra color, and dig in!

Shop The Post

All of the prep and serving items I used in this recipe (and most of the ingredients) were purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Fort Collins, CO. You can head to your local store (find a store closest to you here) or purchase your favorites online below!

Prep items used for an easy lemon shrimp linguine


Prep Items

Serving Items

Artichokes are the best addition to this easy lemon shrimp linguine dish.

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Lemon Shrimp Linguine

 Juicy shrimp are tossed with linguine and a sauce made from shallots, artichokes, white wine, and other fresh ingredients to create a scampi dish like no other.

  • 2 tablespoons World Market® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 lb peeled & deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon World Market® Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon World Market® Black Pepper
  • 8 oz Solitaly Lemon Linguine Pasta


  • 2 tablespoons World Market® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon World Market® garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons World Market® Shallots
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 jars Cucina & Amore Grilled Artichoke Hearts (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth
  • 3 tablespoons Mezzetta Capers
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Pitted Kalamata Olives (halved)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Add pasta to a large pot of salted water. Cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat and cook shrimp 2-3 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, shallot & garlic powder to the skillet. Cook until fragrant. Add white wine and broth. Simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in remaining ingredients and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in butter, shrimp and pasta. Sprinkle with grated cheese and parsley and serve.

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A bowl of Lemon Shrimp Linguine


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Cucumber Avocado Salad

Cucumber Avocado Salad features crisp cucumbers, rich creamy avocado and fresh summery dill all tossed in a simple lemon dressing.  This avocado salad makes the perfect summer side in just minutes!

Cucumber Avocado Salad for summer!

Cucumber Avocado Salad

There are truly fewer things I love more in the summer than a delicious avocado salad or a cucumber salad! Put them together, and you have a salad so refreshing and crisp, with a creamy counterpart that just tastes like a bowl full of summer!


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Grilled Zucchini

Grilled Zucchini is the perfect summer side for just about any meal! Light and flavorful zucchini slices are given the perfect grill and covered in lemon juice for a fresh and simple kick.

I love barbecuing in the summer, and you’ll find me in front of the grill 8 days out of 10 making salmon foil packs or Easy Grilled Chicken Breasts.  When I’m cooking a main dish on the grill, I find it so much easier to make a side that can be cooked on the grill too!

Grilled Zucchini on skewers

Grilled zucchini is the perfect way to round out an easy meal on the grill. It goes great alongside pretty much any meal and is both quick and simple to make. The olive oil and lemon create a delicious ‘marinade’ that won’t overpower the flavor of the zucchini!

How To Grill Zucchini

I love making baked zucchini, but in the summer months, the grill is my friend! There is nothing like food off the grill with a slightly smoky flavor cooked on the deck. While I often make Grilled Herb Marinated Veggies, I always have TONS of zucchini from the garden so we make a lot of grilled zucchini too!

To Make Grilled Zucchini…

  • If using wood skewers, soak them in water.
  • Cut zucchini into ¾”-1″ pieces.
  • Toss with olive oil, seasonings and a squeeze of lemon
  • Thread onto skewers and grill for about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender crisp. 
  • Give an additional squeeze of lemon (or parmesan) and serve.

Grilled Zucchini prepped on a white platter and ready for grilling

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Close up of Grilled Zucchini

How Long To Grill Zucchini

Grilled zucchini cooks fast, so you need to make sure you are watching it while you cooked. No one likes mushy food!

Your grill should be preheated to medium high before you start cooking them. Place your grilled zucchini on the grill and cook it for about 3-5 minutes on each side. Once it is cooked on both sides and tender yet still crisp (it should hold its shape well), take them off the grill and enjoy them right away!

Grilled Zucchini

Light and flavorful zucchini slices are given the perfect grill and covered in lemon juice for a fresh kick that you won’t get from any other side dish.

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon (divided use)
  • seasoning salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Slice zucchini about 3/4″ thick and place in a bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Squeeze half of the lemon over the zucchini and toss to combine.
  4. Thread zucchini onto skewers and grill 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender crisp. Remove from grill and squeeze remaining lemon overtop.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Grilled Zucchini is the perfect summer side to just about any meal! Light and flavorful zucchini slices are given the perfect grill and covered in lemon juice for a fresh and simple kick. #spendwithpennies #grilledzucchini #grilledvegetables #easyrecipe #easyside #freshrecipe

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