Lobster tails with garlic-scallion butter and fresh tomato orzo

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Lobster tails with garlic-scallion butter and fresh tomato orzo

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Lobster tails with garlic-scallion butter and fresh tomato orzo

Soy-Free, Pescatarian, No Added Sugar, <600 Calories

2 Servings, 410 Calories/Serving

40–55 Minutes

Lobsters have a star power that makes any meal feel special. And when you add garlic-scallion butter and an ingenious side of orzo, you have an award-worthy dinner.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ pound organic Roma or other tomatoes
  • 6 organic scallions
  • 1 or 2 cloves organic peeled fresh garlic
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 organic Meyer or Eureka lemon
  • 5 ounces orzo
  • 2 cold-water lobster tails (about 4½ ounces each)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 410, Total Fat 10g (13% DV), Sat. Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 140mg (6% DV), Total Carb. 65g (24% DV), Fiber 7g (25% DV), Total Sugars 9g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars, 0% DV), Protein 17g
Contains: Milk, Wheat

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Make the tomato orzo

Bring a medium sauce pot of lightly salted water to a boil for the orzo.

  • Let the butter come to room temperature.
  • Cut away the cores from the tomatoes; coarsely chop the tomatoes.
  • Trim the root end from the scallions; thinly slice 3 [6] scallions. Set aside the remaining whole scallions for the garlic-scallion butter.
  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon [2 tsp]; set aside half for the garlic-scallion butter.
  • Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves. Set aside half for garnish.
  • Zest and juice the lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate (the juice will be divided between the tomato orzo and the garlic-scallion butter). Set aside the zest for the butter. 

In a large bowl, stir together the tomatoes, thinly sliced scallions, half the garlic, half the parsley, 1½ tablespoons [3 TBL] lemon juice, 1 to 2 tablespoons oil, and up to ½ teaspoon [1 tsp] sugar (from your pantry), if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand, stirring occasionally, while you cook the orzo.

To the pot of boiling water, add the orzo and cook until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain, transfer to the bowl with the tomatoes, and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. While the orzo is cooking, prepare the remaining scallions. 


Cook the remaining scallions

In a dry large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the whole scallions in a single layer and cook, turning once halfway through, until lightly browned and softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board to cool slightly. Do not clean the pan. While the scallions are cooking and cooling, prepare the lobster. 


Prep and steam the lobster

  • Working with 1 lobster tail at a time, place the lobster with the top shell facing up on a cutting board. Using clean kitchen shears or scissors, cut down the center of the shell, avoiding the meat, until you reach the base of the tail (do not cut through the tail; keep it intact). Turn the lobster over and repeat with the bottom shell, cutting down the center to the base of the tail. Using your fingers, gently spread the shells apart and lift out the meat, keeping the meat attached near the end of the tail. Press the empty shell halves back together and lay the lobster meat on top of the shell.

In the same pan used for the scallions, bring ½ inch of water to a boil. Add the lobster, with the shell down and meat facing up, cover, and cook until the lobster meat is opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Meanwhile, assemble the butter. 


Make the garlic-scallion butter

  • Thinly slice the cooked scallions.

In a small bowl, stir together the scallions, butter, lemon zest, ½ teaspoon [1 tsp] lemon juice, and remaining garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 


Transfer the tomato orzo to individual plates and top with the lobster. Top each lobster with ½ teaspoon garlic-scallion butter (save the remaining butter for another use; see Chef’s Tip). Garnish the dish with the remaining parsley and serve.

Kids Can!
  • Juice the lemon. 
  • Measure the garlic and lemon juice.
  • Stir the tomatoes and other ingredients.
  • Assemble the garlic-scallion butter.
  • Garnish with the parsley.