How to grill lobster tail

How to grill lobster tail

Caitlin Bensel

There is no better way to send daddy a happy one Father’s Day message than a meal from the grill! Whether it’s grilled steak, grilled chicken, or grilled pork chops on the barbecue, Dad is sure to love anything on the menu that’s charred and smoky. But if you’re looking for something extra special, maybe even a little luxurious, try these grilled lobster tails. They are quick to cook and the perfect treat to take any summer dinner to the next level.

How do you cook lobster tails on the grill?

Lobster tails are easy to cook! Start with lobster tails, fresh or thawed. This recipe uses a quick 15 minute marinade to infuse the lobster with flavor and moisture. Make a cut through part of the shell and the meat to allow the marinade to soak in. Skewers help keep the tails flat while grilling and ensure they cook evenly. From there, heat a grill very hot (400 to 450°) and sear on both sides.

How long does it take to grill lobster tails?

Once the grill is hot, these are done quickly! Lobster tails can vary by size, but usually only slightly. The cooking time is quite similar for different sizes. Grill the tails for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until the meat is firm and opaque.

Should You Cook Lobster Tails Before Grilling?

No need to cook! Lobster tails can be fully cooked directly on the grill. That said, direct heat can dry them out. It is important to marinate them briefly to impart flavor and moisture. Like shrimp, grilling them in the shell also helps keep the tail meat moist and juicy.

What do you serve with grilled lobster tails?

They go well with crispy roast potatoes (or make airfryer potatoes and don’t turn on your oven)! Or there must be enough space on the grill for a vegetable such as grilled asparagus. For a surf and turf menu, pair them with steak, such as Ladd Drummond’s Grilled Beef Tenderloin. Any father would be happy!

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For the grilled lobster:

1/8 tsp.

ground red pepper, optional

For the Garlic Herb Butter:


stick salted butter, melted (1/2 cup)


clove of garlic, finely chopped

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  1. For the grilled lobster: If using wooden skewers, place in water. Preheat a grill or griddle pan to medium heat (400 to 450°). Grease the grill grates well.
  2. Cut the center of the top of the lobster shell with strong kitchen shears. Make a cut through the center of the meat with a knife, about halfway through the meat.
  3. Combine the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper in a large bowl. Add the lobster and mix well to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. For the garlic herb butter: Meanwhile, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic, chives and lemon juice.
  5. Remove the lobster from the marinade. Insert two skewers lengthwise through the lobster meat on either side of the cut. (This keeps the lobster flat when grilled and helps it cook evenly).
  6. Place the lobster in the grill pan or on the grill over direct heat. Grill, cut-side down, for about 6 minutes, until lightly charred. Turn and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes until the lobster is firm and opaque. Remove from heat and serve immediately with lemon wedges and garlic herb butter for dipping.

You can use fresh tails or thaw frozen tails before marinating!

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