How to Grill a Lobster Tail

by Chris Johns | Last Updated: December 26, 2019

Lobster is a truly decadent meal that is deceptively simple to prepare on a grill. Impress your friends with a gourmet meal that takes less than half an hour from lighting the grill to dinnertime.

Grilled Lobster Tails

Start with at least one high-quality lobster tail per guest. The only other ingredients you need are a stick of butter, a clove of garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Place the tails in a waterproof bag and soak in a bowl of warm water to thaw if you purchased them frozen. If you have a charcoal grill, light the coals to get an even heat going while prepping the tails.

Use a microwave or stovetop to melt the butter. Mince or finely chop the clove of garlic and add to the butter. Finally, juice the lemon and add lemon juice, salt and pepper to the melted butter. You can substitute bottled lemon juice in a pinch, but fresh squeezed juice gives a better flavor.

Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut the tails down the center to the tail fan. You can choose to either place the tails on the grill alone, or skewer them. Skewering helps keep the tails flat during the cooking process, which looks nicer for presentation. If you use wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water first.

Completely cover the tails with the basting mixture before placing them on the grill. Oiling the grate prior to placing the tails helps keep the meat from sticking to the hot metal. Place the tails cut-side down on the grill, being careful to avoid flare-ups from dripping butter. Allow the tails to cook for four to five minutes, or until you begin to see grill marks on the meat. Flip them over and baste frequently for the next three to six minutes. When the lobster meat becomes firm and opaque it’s ready for the table. Consider serving lobster tails with steamed vegetables and fresh bread for a simple but impressive meal.

Lobster tails can also be great food gifts. They are an easy-to-make special treat for the college student, new parents or good friend in your life. Pair them with a high-quality steak and prepare to wow with a Surf and Turf combination that can’t be beat.

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