butter poached lobster

Butter-poached lobster tail is a luxurious and flavorful way to prepare lobster. This cooking method involves gently poaching the lobster tail in a mixture of butter and other aromatics, resulting in tender, buttery, and delicious lobster meat. Here's a basic butter poached lobster recipe:

How to Make Butter Poached Lobster

This is the best recipe for butter poached lobster to prepare a delicious seafood meal while also elevating your seafood experience to new heights.


  • 2 south african lobster tails
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh tarragon or thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Start by preparing the lobster tails. You can either use fresh or frozen lobster tails. If using frozen, make sure to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. To remove the meat from the lobster tails, you can use kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Cut the top shell of the lobster tail down the center, and gently pry it open to reveal the meat. Carefully lift the meat out, keeping it attached at the base near the tail.

  3. Season the lobster meat with salt and pepper.

  4. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. You want to maintain a low temperature to ensure the butter doesn't separate. You can add the optional fresh herbs at this stage to infuse the butter with more flavor.

  5. Once the butter is fully melted, gently add the lobster meat to the pan, ensuring it's fully submerged in the butter. Maintain a low, gentle simmer (not boiling) and poach the lobster meat for about 4-6 minutes per 1-inch thickness of the meat. The lobster meat should turn opaque and become tender.

  6. Remove the lobster meat from the butter and let any excess butter drain back into the pan.

  7. Serve the butter-poached lobster tails immediately, drizzling some of the infused butter sauce over the top as a luxurious finishing touch.

  8. You can serve the lobster with your choice of side dishes, such as steamed vegetables, rice, or a simple salad.
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Butter Poached Lobster
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