Poached Lobster Tails with Lemon Butter Sauce

Poached Lobster Tails with Lemon Butter Sauce

A quick dunk in flavorful boiling liquid and a spicy butter make lobster even more special.

This bath makes enough to poach 12 to 16 lobster tails. Cut bath ingredients in half to accommodate fewer tails.

1 hr Prep: 10 min Cook: 50 min
Serves: 8 Save

Ingredients (18)


  • 4 cup White Wine
  • 2 Lemons
  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Dried Bay Leaves
  • or 3 Fresh Bay Leaves
  • 1 T Hot Sauce
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • or 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Seeds
  • 1 tsp Whole Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Thyme Sprigs
  • 16 Fresh Lobster Tails

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
  • or ¼ tsp Sea Salt


  1. To prepare lobster, place all ingredients (except lobster) in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until onions are softened, about 45 minutes.
  2. To prepare lobster tails for bath, use kitchen scissors to cut up the center of the thin cartilage on the underside of the tail and snip off the flippers. Gently crack the base of the tail backwards to make it easier to remove meat after poaching. Rinse well.
  3. Plunge lobster into gently boiling bath; poach 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off heat and allow tails to remain in warm bath until serving time.
  4. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in lemon juice, hot sauce, cayenne and salt. Keep warm. Serve in separate dipping bowls.