Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

Gourmet Special: Lobster Tails with Cayenne Butter

Do you need a fancy recipe for date night?  A romantic dinner for two?  Are your in-laws or boss coming over for dinner, and you need to impress?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Gourmet’ recipes.  These will still be budget friendly and relatively simple, but will help you confidently serve a gourmet meal without hiring a chef.

This week: Lobster Tails with Cayenne Butter Sauce.  “Lobster?!” you say? “I thought this was a budget friendly food blog!”  My response: If you’re on a budget and you want lobster, you better learn to cook it yourself (unless you live in New England, where I hear it’s cheaper. I don’t live in New England).  I will admit, I don’t decide to make lobster and go buy it- I watch for lobster on sale and then decide to make it.  Aldi’s will periodically get lobster tails that are 2 for $12, usually in the fall and winter.  (If you aren’t shopping at Aldi’s, read this post on why you should be).  Other grocery stores also will run sales on lobster (I usually just buy the tails- they have the most meat for the least amount of work).

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Grilled Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

Grilled Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

That said, 2 for $12 might be affordable, but it’s still not something I want to serve to a large crowd.  I recommend making this for date night, or only to people that you really really like.  A note on lobster tails– I typically serve one or two tails per person, but it’s delicious and light, and even with the butter sauce… I could probably eat 4.. or 5.. or 6 lobster tails without much of a problem.  The husband could eat even more.  To make sure everyone gets full without buying tons of lobster, serve this with something else that’s filling, like this Lemon Risotto.

Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

Because lobster has such a light, delicate taste, it pains me to hide the taste with anything that buries the flavor of the lobster (I once made an ill-fated lobster pot pie.  We don’t speak of it).  These Lobster Tails with Cayenne Butter Sauce are seasoned with cayenne, citrus, garlic, and butter.  Serve them hot with butter sauce.

Grilled Lobster with Lemon Risotto

Grilled Lobster with Lemon Risotto

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Grilled Lobster with Cayenne Butter Sauce

Lobster Tails with Cayenne Butter

Course Main Course
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 642 kcal
Author Champagne Tastes


  • 4 lobster tails, about 4oz each
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (juice from 1 orange)
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne

Butter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne
  • To Serve: lemon or orange wedges


  1. Preheat grill or oven broiler. (For broiler- Move an oven rack to one of the top slots- it should be 4-6" away from the broiler).
  2. Prepare lobster tails by butterflying--  Turn tails shell side up, and use kitchen shears to cut through the shell and meat. Spread shell apart with fingers.

  3. Place into a shallow baking pan. Marinate lobster in juice, zest, garlic, and butter for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Grill or broil lobster 6 minutes, then flip the tails over. Broil 6 more minutes (12 minutes total). Tails should be bright red when ready.

  5. While tails are cooking, melt butter and cayenne for sauce together (about 30 seconds in microwave, or on stovetop on low heat).

  6. Serve tails while hot, topped with butter sauce and lemon or orange wedges.

Recipe Notes

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal.

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