Best Lobster Sauce
The Best Lobster Sauce is loaded with jumbo chunks of lobster cooked in a light sauce made with wine and butter. Tender, juicy pieces of lobster tails sauteed in one skillet for a delicious sauce to serve over pasta or rice for an easy dinner. With a few easy-to-follow steps, you too can make this gourmet dish that looks and tastes like a million bucks!
A delicious meal, this lobster sauce is the perfect dish to make for special occasions, a small dinner party, a date night, or the holidays.
We love lobster occasionally. Some of our faves include a more tomato-based sauce, like our Spaghetti with Lobster Tails Sauce, our delicious Lobster Cobb Salad, and Summer Lobster & Shrimp Rolls.
Why is this the Best Lobster Sauce?
It is loaded with jumbo chunks of lobster.
This recipe is simple, made with a handful of fresh ingredients, you probably already have in your kitchen.
You can serve it all by itself, or with your favorite pasta, polenta, grits, or steamed rice.
This sauce is very light. Not a heavy-tomato-based one.
The flavor of the sauce is truly delicious.
It cooks up quickly, making dinner fast and easy.
And, because the lobster tails were properly cleaned before cooking, ensures it will turn out perfect.
How to Make the Best Lobster Sauce…
Ingredients needed for this recipe:
Frozen Lobster Tails: I found frozen lobster tails at the seafood market. These were packaged in about 6 to 7 ounces of each tail. You need to thaw, clean, and cut the fins and tails off if frozen. Then rinse, and drain. For easy-to-follow ‘step-by-step’ photos, click on How to Clean and Prepare Lobster Tails.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: is used to saute the lobster tails.
Garlic Cloves: you will need about 8 of them. Fresh garlic is essential for flavoring this sauce.
Salted Butter: you will need about 5 tablespoons of butter, it makes everything more flavorful.
Seasonings: crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and sea salt.
White Wine: enhances the flavors of all shellfish.
Fresh Ripe Tomato: one large tomato will suffice and give a little color to the sauce, as well as enhance its flavor.
Chicken Broth: only a little splash is needed to give more flavor to the sauce.
Fresh Herbs: only freshly chopped parsley is required for our sauce. It gives this sauce the freshness it deserves.
Optional: Tomato Paste: add in about 1 or 2 tablespoons of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce.
Directions to Make the Best Lobster Sauce…
First, Cook the Lobster:
1. In a large deep skillet or saucepan, add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic slices and heat on medium heat.
2. When the oil is hot, add the lobster tails, face down. Then toss in 3 tablespoons of butter, and crushed red pepper flakes.
3. Cook the lobsters for about 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them over. And continue to cook them for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, turning them often. (Their dark shells will turn bright red, while the flesh will turn translucent to opaque-white-ish color).
4. Next, add in the white wine, cover with a lid and simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Uncover, and remove the lobster tails and transfer them to a nearby dish or cutting board to cool a little.
5. Open their shells to remove the lobster meat, and discard the shells. Use a fork and knife to help cut them into smaller chunks, preferably bite-size pieces. Set them aside.
Next, Make the Sauce:
a. Toss into the same skillet the chopped tomato and freshly chopped parsley and sea salt. Stir, and reduce the heat to simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes.
b. Toss in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, along with the cayenne pepper, and paprika. Pour in a splash of chicken broth (about 1/4 cup), and along with some tomato paste.
c. Cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for about 3 to 5 minutes. Then toss back in the chunks of lobster, and simmer for an additional 2 minutes, until the lobster meat is fully cooked and has turned white. Turn off the heat. Taste, and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
The sauce is now ready to serve over your favorite pasta or rice!
In the meantime, cook your favorite pasta or steam some rice.
Toss some lobster sauce into the pot of your cooked pasta or rice. Then serve into individual pasta bowls and a spoonful of the lobster sauce over the pasta or steamed rice and serve.
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Best Lobster Sauce
The Best Lobster Sauce is loaded with juicy chunks of lobster cooked in a light buttery sauce that's packed with delicious flavors! This lobster sauce is relatively easy to make, very flavorful, and deliciously tender with every bite. Serve with your favorite pasta or steamed rice for an exquisite dinner.
- 4 frozen Lobster Tails (6 to 7-ounces each) - thawed, with fins and tails cut off, rinsed, and drained.
- 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil - divided
- 8 garlic cloves -sliced
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 5 Tbsp. salted butter - divided
- 1 + 1/2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (about one large ripe tomato)
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- Optional: 1 or 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- Optional: 1 pound of linguini, or spaghetti
Cook the Lobster:
- In a large deep skillet, add 4 tablespoons olive oil and garlic slices on medium heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the lobster tails, face down. Toss in the 3 tablespoons of butter, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook the lobsters for about 2 minutes, then flip them over. And continue to cook them for an additional 5 minutes, turning them often.
3. Next, pour in the white wine, cover with a lid and simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes. The dark shells of the tails will start to turn bright red, and the flesh will turn translucent to opaque-white-ish color. Turn off the heat.
4. Use kitchen tongs to remove the lobster tails and transfer them to a nearby dish or cutting board to cool a little.
5. Open the shells and use a fork and knife to help you to remove the lobster meat from their shells, and discard them. Cut the lobster meat into smaller chunks, bite-size pieces. Set them aside on the cutting board.
Make the Sauce:
- Toss into the same skillet the chopped tomato and freshly chopped parsley and sea salt. Turn back on the heat. Stir and cook the tomato, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add into the skillet, additional 2 tablespoons of butter, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, along with the cayenne pepper, and paprika. Pour in a splash of chicken broth, and add in some tomato paste.
- Cover with a lid, and simmer on low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Toss back in the chunks of lobster meat and simmer for additional 2 minutes, until the lobster meat is fully cooked and turned white. Turn off the heat.
- Taste the sauce, and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper flakes to your preference. The sauce is now ready to serve over your favorite pasta or rice.
Optional: Cook the Pasta:
- In the meantime, toss your favorite pasta into a pot of boiling water, and toss 1 teaspoon of salt into the boiling water. Toss in your spaghetti or linguine. Cook the pasta until it's tender to the bite, al-dente. Reserve one ladle full of pasta water (about 1/3 cup), and pour it into the lobster sauce. Then drain the pasta.
- Serve into individual pasta bowls and spoon of the lobster sauce over the pasta and serve immediately.
- Serves 4 to 6
The nutrition facts do not include the pasta, only the lobster sauce.
Yield:4 to 6 servings
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 24.3gCarbohydrates: 5.7gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 2.5gProtein: 12.2g
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|Saturated Fat 8.2g||41%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5.7g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 2.5g|
|Vitamin D 7mcg||33%|
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This dish is amazing. It’s restaurant quality. I did not add the tomato paste though as I didn’t want to hide the wonderful flavor of the lobster. I did add fresh spinach right at the end and I made fresh pasta.
Hi Kathleen! Thanks so much! That is awesome! Love the idea of adding in some healthy greens and serving it with fresh pasta, YUM! A winner combination! PS… no need for the tomato paste – it’s only optional (we prefer without it) thanks again! 🙂
Its not something I would make again but it was pretty darn good, thanks all the same. Best of luck!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Thanks so much Donna! Let us know if you try our recipe. Happy and Healthy New Year! 🙂
Is it possible to clean the frozen/thawed lobster tails the day before ? I want to make this for Christmas dinner .
Hi Barbara! Yes, absolutely. You can thaw and clean the tails the day before. Keep them on a dish or platter layered with paper towels to absorb any liquid/water from draining, and keep them chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready the next day to cook them.
Just made it!!! It was delicious I did add shrimp too. The only thing I would’ve love to change is less Tomato Paste other than that I’d recommend it to anyone to try it.
That’s awesome Joe! So glad you tried our lobster sauce recipe, and adapted it to your liking. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!
What an incredible recipe! We used this but added some shrimp and scallops to the mixture. Needless to say there were no leftovers and EVERYBODY wanted the recipe. Thanks for posting this one!
Thanks so much Dan!
This might be a silly question, but what white wine would you recommend? Thank you!
Hi Elise! Of course and it’s never a silly question. I would recommend an Italian Pinot Grigio or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Both wines are dry, crisp, fruity and pair well with shellfish dishes like our Lobster sauce. Enjoy!
Had a quick question on your recipe I looked it up and love how easy it looks my only concern is being allergic to tomatoes will it be ok to skip them or what should I do to substitute for them also can I use other forms or lobster like just the meat that’s already out of the shell
Hello Chelle! Welcome to our recipe blog, it is so nice to meet you. If you are allergic to tomatoes, then yes, omit them totally. You can increase the olive oil, and add in a splash of chicken broth for more flavor for this light lobster sauce. As far as the second part of your question, I think you can crack open the shells, and try to pull out the meat but I have only done it this way, sautéing it first. We have never made it any other way. I hope this helps.
i love lobster but it’s super expensive so i think i will just drool over your recipe instead 🙂
Aw Sherry, Thanks for the lovely compliment and for stopping by!
OHHHHHHHHHHH my goodness ,,,, it really looking amazing
you made my day ,,,,,,
am so foody person
am tried it last night ,,,,,,,,, its supper yummy
That’s awesome! Thank you so much for trying our recipe! Have a great day. 🙂
this sounds divine! i love lobster; if only hubby did too.
We do too! Hope you will try this recipe, Sherry. Thanks so much! 🙂
This looks amazing! I’ve actually been craving lobster lately 🙂
Thanks so much Susan! Enjoy this recipe and have a great weekend.
Oh my goodness! If I could get that much fresh lobster, I would just eat this like a soup! Forget the pasta!
LOL! Thanks so much, Mimi! Try this recipe, I think you will enjoy this lobster sauce as much as we do. Have a great weekend!