Seared Lobster Tails with a Garden Vegetable Sauté

Oh gosh these old things? They’re just my big guns or whatever.

I’m totally kidding! I don’t even own pink plastic water guns much less real guns that are big and scawy.

So you remember back in the Februarys when Aaron tried to make me a natural born killer? Wasn’t that just a gas?! Yeah. Wasn’t about to do that again. But tails? Already prepped, primed and prerequisited? (I couldn’t think of another word that started with P, so just go with me. Plus it sort of works! It’s the prerequisite to cooking and eating. Okay it doesn’t work at all.) Tails I can handle.

Plus I get to say, “I got so much tail last night.” SERIOUSLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.


Imma be honest with ya. This recipe creation was a tiny whisper outside the grasp of my fragile fingertips. El husbando had full control this time around. Hence, the bacon fat AND butter. I wanted to be all, “Whoooooa, chachi. Calm your cheelah.” But he drained most of the fat off before adding the butter, which makes it a double negative, a loop hole in the system and totally legit.

And oh, that butter? It’s roasted garlic and lemon compound butter. I’ll peep you the recipe next week OH YES I WILL.


So for the lobstah. This technique is something Aaron learnt by watching Lidia Bastianich. Oh hey, remember that commercial in the ’80s when the dad finds some drugs in his son’s little box? And the kid goes, “I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU.” Remember?

This is exactly not like that.

You’ll just take the knife and slice the tail right down the center, shell and all. And then you’ll turn to your audience and pound your fists into your chest, Tarzan style, screaming, “AaaaaAAaaaaAAaaaaaAAAaaaa.”


Oh and by the way, the bee outside my house? CICADA KILLER. It has the word KILLER in its name. I’m just overjoyed.

Okay so we have this freak-your-life relish/sauté with herbs and garlic and onion and corn and zucchini. And THEN we have some shut-your-face lightly floured and seared lobster tails with wilted cherry tomatoes.

And as if you weren’t already weepy, you top the whole dang thing with bacon crumbles.


Go, Aaron.

Cradle me?

Now I really want some pink plastic water guns.

Seared Lobster Tails with a Garden Vegetable Sauté:

What it took for 2:

* 3 slices bacon
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 1/2 medium onion, diced
* 1 New Mexico chile (or a jalapeno is fine), seeded and minced (leave seeds in for more heat!)
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
* 2 sprigs fresh thyme
* 1 Tbs. chopped scallions
* 2 (8 oz) lobster tails
* 2 tsp all-purpose flour
* 2 ears corn, kernels removed
* 1 cup sliced zucchini
* 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and set aside on paper towels to drain. Crumble once cooled. Drain all but 1 Tbs. bacon fat.

Add 1 Tbs. butter to the skillet and melt. Add the onions and sauté until they start to soften, 3 minutes. Add the garlic, minced pepper, herbs and scallions. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper. Bloom another 30 seconds.

Add the corn and zucchini to the skillet and sauté until they start to brown, about 6 minutes. Season with a little salt as well. Remove relish from pan and set aside.

Take the lobster tails and slice right down the center, lengthwise. Sprinkle each tail piece with the flour.

Add the remaining butter to the skillet and get it melted. Place the lobster tails, meat side down into the pan. Go ahead and add the tomatoes at this point as well. Toss in a pinch of salt for the tomatoes. Sear the lobster tails until the shells turn bright red, about 5 minutes. Remove tails from pan.

Toss the wilted tomatoes with the rest of the vegetable sauté.

Pull the lobster meat right out of the tails.

Serve lobster tails over a bed of the sautéed garden vegetables. Sprinkle with bacon crumbles and fresh basil slivers if desired.

You. Don’t. Even. Know.

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37 Responses to Seared Lobster Tails with a Garden Vegetable Sauté

  1. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 18, 2012 at 8:20 am #
    GAHH!!!!! I want this in my MOUTH RIGHT NOW!! Damn husband for being allergic to seafood. I'll make it and eat it all myself.
  2. Christina July 18, 2012 at 8:26 am #
    When did you get all fancy-smancy with da tails? I like it! Yum factor here is off the chart. And Aaron? I's got some love for him. Butter and bacon? Can he marry me now??
  3. Tracey Evans July 18, 2012 at 8:56 am #
    This looks wonderful! I love the baby Zucchini, they must be from your garden.... i love them! :)
  4. Rina@Itheecook July 18, 2012 at 9:06 am #
    I want this for dinner!
  5. Laurie {Simply Scratch} July 18, 2012 at 9:09 am #
    Ohhhh dang... I'm drooling... again.
  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish July 18, 2012 at 9:49 am #
    i can't wait til i get so much tail this weekend (in garlic lemon compound butter of course)!
  7. @bluenotebacker July 18, 2012 at 10:35 am #
    That looks AMAZING. I mean, lobster tails, sure, but that bed of veggies to boot. Looks like an award winner to me. I may not be buying the lobster soon, but you can bet I'm stealing the rest of the recipe to use with pretty much anything I grill this summer!
  8. Cassie July 18, 2012 at 10:39 am #
    Drool! I loooove lobster tails.
  9. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama July 18, 2012 at 11:10 am #
    Seriously looks amazing! I need to buy just the tails like this... last time and only time I've ever made a lobster I boiled it alive. Most traumatizing thing that has ever gone down in my kitchen.
  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm #
    I've only made lobster tails once in my life at home. I was pregnant, had this unreal!!!! craving for lobster of all things, bought two tails from WF's (they were $50!!! yes!! insane but I was pregnant and there was no stopping me). The result? Good. But I was so terrified of ruining them that I've never done it again or bought them again and that was 6+ years ago now :)
  11. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm #
    UGH we used to have cicada killers outside our house! Trick is this: they burrow underground, so if you can find where they're nesting, you can plug up their tunnels with dirt and smother them to death. Sounds happy, right? You'll be happier without those danged cicada killers. TRUTH. Damn do I ever love lobster.
  12. Deanna B. July 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm #
    Now I have Barney from HIMYM saying "Let's go get some tail" stuck in my head. Lobster tail is definitely more up my alley.
  13. Elena@get rid of toxins July 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm #
    I should not check out this website when I am on a diet. Your dishes look absolutely amazing and healthy! Thanks for sharing!
  14. Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm #
    Hay-sus Christo lobsters are terrifying. I cringed several (thousand) times while looking back at your V-day din din. Major props, lady!
  15. Deborah July 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm #
    A little bit of heaven right there!
  16. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. July 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm #
    yum! YOU rock girl
  17. Heather Christo July 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm #
    I do need to be cradled. This is absolutely over the top amazing Bev. If I made this for my hubby he would be putty in my hands :)
  18. Julie @ Table for Two July 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm #
    DROOLING LIKE A MANIAC HERE. wow those lobster tails look fabulous.
  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm #
    I wantz to eat this.
  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 19, 2012 at 1:37 am #
    You know I'm game for anything involving lobster!
  21. Jessica July 19, 2012 at 7:33 am #
    Supposedly cicada killers don't Mess with people at all. We noticed several burrows with a few lazily flying around last weekend right before my sons 4th birthday party. I was terrified as we were about to have a dozen small children running around. We ended up with no problems, in fact, once there were a lot of people around they all went below ground and stayed there.
  22. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 19, 2012 at 8:04 am #
    Holy MOLY, girl -- these look amazzzzzzing!!!
  23. Nutmeg Nanny July 19, 2012 at 8:26 am #
    Yes! Yes! Yes! This would make me very happy!
  24. Christina July 19, 2012 at 10:14 am #
    Stupid me. I am at work, and decided to look up cicada killer. I screamed out loud. It was a sudden short screech, and then I had to focus on not bursting into tears. I am not exaggerating at all either. I need therapy now. I can't even remember what you posted as far as food.
    • Bev Weidner July 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #
      Aren't they TERRIFYING? I'm seriously just sitting indoors, never leaving my house.
  25. Eliana July 20, 2012 at 9:53 am #
    What an incredible looking dish. Love all the different colors, textures and flavors. It almost (just almost) looks too good to eat.
  26. Sheila July 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm #
    I made this last night and it was awesome! OMG delicious!
  27. Glenna January 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm #
    Made these today for my family... delish!
  28. Steve Perry March 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm #
    This looks wonderful. Will definitely put this on my to cook list.
  29. Mel November 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm #
    Oh my goodness! This was hands down amazing!!! I dive a lot so I'm spoiled by always eating lobster in season and it gets boring just grilling it or broiling with butter. Was looking for something different and am so glad I came across your recipe. This was savory but healthy with the right amount of heat. Will def be making again!
  30. ridergc4 October 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm #
    I just don't get why people comment that they are gonna try a recipe but haven't yet. Well anyway wifey and I did try this recipe and absolutely loved it. Its pretty easy and and the results are nothing short of fantastic. I caught 2 lobsters in San Diego bay just the night before and wanted a fitting recipe to honor these fresh beautiful creatures. This recipe gets in a healthy dose of veggies and makes the lobster the star of the show.
    • Bev Weidner October 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm #
      Ahhhhhh this makes my day! THANK YOU.
  31. Chet February 4, 2019 at 6:48 am #
    Made this for Super Bowl 2019 dinner and it was excellent, thank you!
  32. Jolene (http:/ February 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm #
    I have made this numerous times, and we are having it tonight. It's SO good!!!! The if you don't eat it all, the leftover veggie mixture is great in an omelette the next day. Mmm!!


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