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Grilled Lobster Tails

grilled lobster tails

Easy instructions for how to grill lobster tails and whole lobster on your outdoor gas or charcoal grill. Plus simple and delicious grilled lobster recipes that include spreads, sauces, and marinades meant to compliment your seafood.

Grilling lobster tails on the BBQ is a great way to add a smokey rich flavor that is sure to enhance any grilled lobster tail recipe. On this page you'll find instructions for several ways to prepare grilled lobster tails as well as tips for whole lobster grilling.

Grilled Lobster Recipes

Traditional Garlic Butter Spread

This easy recipe works great as a dipping sauce or for basting your lobster tail (or whole lobster) while its on the grill.

Cajun Grilled Lobster Sauce Recipe

So delicious and so easy with only two ingredients.

Zesty Orange and Lemon
Grilled Lobster Tail Marinade Recipe

Perfect for those of you who are looking for a flavor-break from the traditional.

Spicy Grilled Lobster Marinade Recipe

Here we heat things up in a lemon garlic sauce by adding some white pepper and cayenne.

Basil Oil Marinade for Grilled Lobster Tails

This recipe is very easy and comes together quickly.

Chile Butter Spread

This grilled lobster recipe is hot but not overwhelming.

How To Grill Lobster Tails

When grilling lobster tails you must first cut the shell to expose the meat. This can be done several different ways.

Grilling Tip:
Do not completely remove the lobster's shell. Leaving it will help the lobster stay moist and keep its shape during the grilling process. Plus the slight charring of the shell that takes place during grilling, adds a flavorful smoke to the lobster inside.

Grilling Tip:
To thaw a frozen lobster tail, place it in the refrigerator overnight or soak it in cold water. Never soak it in hot water or the meat will fall apart.

Easy Method:
Place lobster tail face down, shell up on a chopping block. Using a heavy knife push down lengthwise to divide the tail in half.

Coat it with olive oil and place the lobster tail on the grill, meat side down.

Grill for 2 - 3 minutes per side. For simple recipe ideas, see our grilled lobster recipes section.

Piggy Back Method:
This is the traditional way to present cooked lobster tail.

Using a pair of shears, cut the back or shell of the lobster tail while leaving the tail fin intact.

Pull the meat away from the lower membrane through the now divided shell leaving the meat attached to the tail fin.

Push the two halves of the shell back together and lay the lobster meat on top.

At this stage you are ready to grill the lobster.

Coat the lobster meat with olive oil and place it on a medium-high grill, meat side down.

Cook for 4 minutes per side with the grill cover closed (if you have one).

No Shell Method:
If you choose to remove the lobster tail from its shell before grilling, you may want to run them through with a wooden skewer to keep them from curling up while on the grill.

The advantages of this way are that your lobster tails will cook quickly and have more grill marks.

You can also grill the shells alongside the tail to provide smoke and to be used in the final presentation.

The disadvantage of grilling lobster tails outside their shells is that the meat can lose some of its moisture since it is not protected by the shell.

Cooking Lobster Tail on Grill Video

How To Grill Lobster Whole

The problem with grilling lobster whole is killing the lobster first. Lobsters release and enzyme upon their death that causes the flesh to immediately begin decomposing.

This is why, unless you buy a previously cooked lobster, you must keep it alive until you can throw it into a boiling pot which simultaneously kills and cooks it.

Excluding other more brutal ways to kill your lobster in preparation for grilling, boiling is the simplest method.

Boil the lobster 10 minutes. Then remove it from the water and let it cool.

Place the lobster on its back. Using a heavy knife, cut it in half lengthwise.

Take your divided lobster and lay the two halves on the grill, meat side down. Grill over medium-high heat for 2 - 3 minutes.

Grilling Whole Lobster Video

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