This baked lobster tail recipe will have your mouth watering before it even hits the plate! This is one easy and delicious dish!
Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails is the ideal dinner for a special occasion. You won’t believe how easy they are to make!
Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails are the quintessential “special occasion” dish and can easily be made at home. Lump crab meat blended with seasoning stuffed into a buttery lobster tail.
There are a couple of things to remember so that your baked stuffed lobster tails are every bit as good as restaurant quality. First, try to find unpasteurized crab meat. For a crab imperial you really want a blue crab, not stone or king.
You will generally find this already picked in the seafood section. There are several types of crab meat: backfin, claw, jumbo and lump. Lump or jumbo work perfectly for this recipe. Back fin and claw are finer and don’t look as impressive, but can still work.
Next, you’ll be tempted to get the biggest, baddest lobster tail you can find. For this type of recipe, larger isn’t always better.
You want a medium-large tail so the cooking times of the crab imperial and lobster tail are similar. If you are sure you want the mammoth size tail, baste it with butter and cook it several minutes before removing it and topping with crab imperial.
Lastly, here in Maryland, Old Bay reigns as the kind of seafood seasoning. Owned by a major spice company, you can typically find it in many grocery stores in the spice section.
Fun lobster facts!
- During Colonial times, lobster was considered to be the “poor man’s food”, a bottom feeding crustacean, it was fed to livestock.
- Only Maine lobsters have claws, Caribbean lobsters called spiny lobsters, have no claws.
- Lobsters can live as long as 100 years. They rarely get “sick” and die, they need to be preyed on.
- Lobsters continue to grow through their life, so a lobster can grow up to 40 pounds! That puts your pricy 7 pound lobster to shame. Ha!
- Lobsters are a great form of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and are low in fat and calories (until you add the butter….)
- Lobster molt their shells through the lifecycle, also known as soft-shelled lobster, kind of like soft-shelled crab. They are plentiful from July-October.
- Live lobsters aren’t red, they are blue, yellow or brownish. They turn red while cooking.
Check out these other easy lobster recipes:
Stuffed Lobster Tail
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise through Old Bay seasoning. Gently toss crab into mixture with a fork, making sure that you don’t break up the large pieces of crab.
- Pull the edges of the split lobster shells apart and gently lift the tail meat to rest above the shells. Place the prepared lobster tails on a baking sheet.
- Brush tops with melted butter. Evenly divide and gently press crab imperial mixture into the tops so it doesn’t fall off.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lobster tails are opaque and crab imperial is browned. Serve with lemon wedges.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!