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Grilling Lobster Tails

July 8th, 2008

Grilled Lobster: Flame on!

What better way to impress your grilling friends than to serve up grilled lobster tails. Don’t tell them, but grilling lobster tails is pretty easy to do! And delicious.  The hardest part of this recipe is deciding which guests are worthy of this awesome treat.  Add a nice steak to the menu and you will have friends for life!  Follow these easy steps for grilling lobster tails.

Ingredients :
2 8oz to 10oz lobster tails
4 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove
1 lemon
salt and pepper

First things first
If the lobster tails are frozen, start by thawing them to room temperature by placing them in a plastic bag and then submerge them in a warm bowl of water.

Prepare Basting Sauce
Next create a basting sauce. Melt the butter in a small dish in the microwave, or warm in a small pan and remove from heat. Mince the garlic or use a garlic press to mince the garlic and add to warm butter. Add one tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice and stir.

Halve the tail
Lay the tails bottom side up on a cutting board. Using a large knife, cut the tails in half length-wise. Use kitchen scissors to get all the way through the shell if you need to. Using a brush, thoroughly baste the flesh side of the tails with the butter mixture.

Cut the lobster tail in half

Prep the grill
Clean and oil the grate to prevent sticking. Using a gas grill, turn the grill to medium-high heat. For charcoal, distribute the coals so there is an even heat.

Grilling lobster tails
Once the grill is hot, give the lobster tails one last baste, add a bit of salt and pepper and place them flesh side down on the hot grill. Be careful of flare-ups from the dripping butter. Cook flesh side down for 4 to 5 minutes until light grill marks show. Flip the lobster tails to shell side down. Baste with the butter mixture several times during the next 3 to 6 minutes until the lobster meat is firm and opaque.

Basting the lobster tails

Finally…

Tie on your lobster bibs, heat some butter, and dig in.

Or, better yet, add a few filets to the grill, and you have a beautiful Surf and Turf.

how to grill lobster tails

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69 Responses

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linda battle

02-15-2009

i tried this recipe and it worked great. thanks for once i didnt waste my money on those expensive lobster tails and i was very pleased

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mike

04-13-2009

good grilling

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Lori

06-07-2009

Simple and excellent. Love lobster but not the eat out price of it. Much easier and tastier at home.

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John

06-20-2009

Good advice here. I used minced garlic from a jar (much easier than fresh) and bottled lemon juice. Grilled the tails on natural charcoal, melted real butter in the Microwave, for dipping, and the tails turned out great. Grilled with some margarita shrimp and some roasted red bell peppers and, drinking some very nice chardonnay. Only thing lacking was some fresh picked sweet corn on the cob! Great summer meal.

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admin

06-20-2009

John, that sounds like an awesome meal!

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Bernard

06-21-2009

I’m allergic to seafood, but the family brought over some lobster tails with the chicken breast and ribeyes. I asked them what they were going to do with them and they stated they wanted them grilled. I don’t let anyone touch my grill so I found this recipe online and gave it a try. It was simple to prepare and they came out looking great. They were an absolute hit with the family and I will make them more often.

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Sam

07-04-2009

Good recipe, except remember to stick a metal skewer through the lobster tail length wise to prevent it from curling up on the grill.

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Chef Hammer

07-24-2009

I cut my lobsterson the belly not to punture the back slip 2 butter squares in the knife cut and lay on there backs for 6 min, Turn on front for 3 min shell will be orange grill is at 350 to 400 degrees. Then i melt butter and serve my quest say its the best they ever had.

Also when cooking ribeys with the lobster put lobster on top rack and let the butter and lobster drip on steaks. I promise you it is the bomb…..

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admin

07-27-2009

Sounds awesome Chef Hammer!

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transamdiva

08-10-2009

my husband and I tried this recipe, it was awesome! We had it with some corn, crab cakes and garlic bread. mmmmm, good! We will be grilling this more often. Thanks so much for this simple recipe.

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Adam

01-25-2010

Easy and better then any restaurant

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Rob

02-12-2010

Trying this for V-Day. Thanks!

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David

02-14-2010

I am also going to try this today (Valentines day). I also have a couple of nice filets (8 oz)to grill alongside. Is it dinner yet??

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Lori

02-15-2010

trying it ourselves have done it before and tend to get the tails to dry will try with flesh side down for a few minutes….MMM MMMM
Good

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Anne

04-02-2010

Very Good!

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Barb

04-11-2010

Great recipe! The best lobster I have had in years. Thanks for putting this on-line.

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Danielle

04-12-2010

This was awesome and so easy. Thank you thank you thank you. Anyone thinking this is hard…think again!

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Janet

04-15-2010

I am going with this one, since these people thought it was really good. Don’t feel like fussing with the thermidor.

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chris

05-16-2010

that sounds delicious ive always steamed my lobster tails im going to the store now to give this a shot i think itll go great with my filet mignon im cooking tonight thank you.
p.s. this site is my new bread and butter cant thank you enough great recipies for the grill lovers

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Jeanne

06-19-2010

I’ve never cooked lobster but am going to surprise my husband this Sunday with this recipe. We’re going camping and I’ll but it on the charcoal grill.

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Jeanne

06-19-2010

I’ve never cooked lobster but am going to surprise my husband this Sunday with this recipe. We’re going camping and I’ll put it on the charcoal grill.

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Rob

06-20-2010

Will be trying this in 6 hours :^) Happy Father’s Day.

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David

08-23-2010

Just BBQ’d 3 (very small) tails. A new store in our area was selling them for $4.49 EACH! As good as these were, I should have bought a dozen and cooked ‘em all up and made all my co-workers jealous with BBQ’d lobster for lunch.

YUM! Thanks.

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Chris

09-16-2010

When i grill them, the soft side of the tail open, put butter garlic and a little salt and pepper. wrap in foil and let cook on the grill. It is amazing, might have to try the basting sauce. cant wait for surf and turn Friday night on my deck.

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Kubby

09-20-2010

Used mesquite chips on charcoal and they turned out awsome!!!

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albert

10-28-2010

It was the shit your recipe is the best I cooked the best lobsters thanx to you

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Chipper

11-25-2010

I just grilled a 1.6lb tail the size of my arm and 2 10oz filets for Thanksgiving. Used garlic from a jar and bottled lemon juice as well. Worked wonderfully. Beats a turkey any day!

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Lee

02-13-2011

I tried this once and it was awesome, my mother in law is from New Hampshire and I thought she would tear this apart… she loved it !
I’m cooking some more tonight, one question:
My meat was a bit stuck to the shell did I over cook it or maybe not enough?
Thank you very much for this excellent recipe.
Lee

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Steve

02-13-2011

I don’t think it was necessarily either. I’m not sure, but I had problems with one that was frozen before. Was yours frozen?

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Josh

02-15-2011

first time I’ve ever tried to grill lobster, let me tell you it will not be the last… they were easy and tasted awesome!! thanks for the help

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b wiggs

03-10-2011

yes, this was ON POINT. First time grilling lobster tails, and my wife LOVED them. I substituted one garlic clove for 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, in case anyone was wondering another substitute for the garlic clove

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Penny

03-13-2011

This was the first time I’ve grilled lobster, and it was fantastic!!! Most excellent!!! Superb!!!

Not only was it excellent – but it was fast and easy – so I’ll be doing this again many times. In fact, I don’t know if I’ll ever boil them again or buy the expensive whole lobsters.

I put some garlic powder and white pepper in the basting sauce as a substitute for the garlic clove, and it was wonderful. I used a grill pan on top of my gas stove – so no need to use an outdoor grill.

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Jenni

03-21-2011

This recipe is easy and very good. I didn’t have any lemons so i used an orange and it was delicious. And I used mini lobster tails too. For my first time making lobster, its definitly worth adding to my recipe cards!

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jeeeees

05-01-2011

This recipe was awesome !!! thumms upp !!!

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maria

05-06-2011

I am going to try this for Mother’s Day since we are having Surf and Turf… I will let you all know how they come out.

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Kraken

05-09-2011

tried this for mother’s day — thanks for an awesome recipe! they are all smiles (which means I am too) :)

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Nilesh james

05-17-2011

i try this receipe it is very good and taste

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TJ

06-06-2011

we do this a bit different down in Key West. Lobster is a local catch for us so we cook it plenty. we still split, then soak them in a butter/garlic/key lime mixture. wrap them in a tin foil pocket with some minced garlic and a bit more butter *cant have too much butter* and grill them like you would a potato rolled in foil. this keeps the tail from getting dried out from the flame and OMG they taste amazing. like fall apart in your mouth. give it a shot.

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Steve

06-06-2011

That sounds amazing! I’ll be down on Duck Key in two weeks. We’ll be offshore each day, but I will have to find some lobster to cook with our tuna and Mahi at night!

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tube chick

06-07-2011

okay , had no idea what i was doing ,

first time with lobster
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followed the instructions ,

WOW amazing !

thank you !!!!

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John D.

09-20-2011

I have four nice sized tails in the freezer that I was debating how to cook, I will be grilling them this sat. for a family cook-out with ribeye and shrimp.

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Justin

11-24-2011

Tried this recipe tonight and oh man was it phenomenal. Served it with two New York strips, fresh corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and a side salad. And for desert I tried your bacon wrapped bananas. Wow!

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Lynn

12-22-2011

Well, we are trying this for the first time tonight…looks good so far and we will let you all know how it turns out! Was the easiest and least seasoned recipe/guide I could find. :o)

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Your Name

12-25-2011

Just tried this for the first time for Christmas thank you for the write up the lobster was delicious :)

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Kim

12-25-2011

Just got finished eating this. Fantastic recipe. In the past I have boiled lobster…never again. I will gill it this way from now on,

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Laura

12-31-2011

Thanks for the Tip..It worked and tasted perfectly !! Surf and Turf was a wonderful New Years Eve Dinner. It was an almost perfect day for it in Tulsa. Happy New Years ! :)

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Klub

01-03-2012

Thanks for the recipe. I did not want to wait for the pot to boil and my hubby was starting the grill. I googled “lobster on grill” and came up with your recipe. It was excellent! We had filet mignon, lobster, asparagus and champagne… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Susan

01-19-2012

they were tasty yet the meat stuck to the shell and was difficult to pull out of the shell. The lobsters were frozen and thawed before attempting this recipe.

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Steve

01-19-2012

The meat does stick sometimes on frozen (then thawed) tails. Doesn’t happen all of the time and I don’t know a way around it. If anyone has a tip, please share here.

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Jimbo Anderson

02-13-2012

We have grilled lobster tails for years,honestly the only way to mess them up to over cook. Thank you for the foil idea, it looks to be idiot proof.

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Vinnie

02-14-2012

I do not cook but i am trying this for V-day and am looking foward to it.

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Chris

02-15-2012

You saved my Valentines day and made me look like a pro!

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Ken

05-17-2012

Classic! Perfect with a nice grilled steak and an ear of corn. I prefer my seafood to taste like seafood so I leave the lemon “on the side” for those that like it.

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Brian

06-17-2012

Really good stuff! thanks for the recipe! I used Lawry’s and Montreal steak seasoning for the salt & pepper. Absolutely delicious.

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Peter Petersen

06-17-2012

The time frame for cooking the tails is fine, but be careful with the heat as they easily dry out and expensive food can soon be be “near” ruined.

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golf5

07-10-2012

Myself I’m not a lopster lover, but my wike is. She said it was one of the best she ever. tank you for posting it on-line.

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Chichel

08-06-2012

Just tried it last night , it was great. I would just cut the cooking time a bit since the flames will flare up because of the butter. And for the melted butter I like to mix it with fresh lime juice. It was delicious!! Thanks 4 d tips.

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Hygiene-imi

09-29-2012

What an amazing recipe for grilling lobster. It was easy! God knows I’m not very good at following directions for cooking. It was GREAT! Thank you and my guests were impressed:-))

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Carlo

12-31-2012

For those of you with frozen tails, here’s an easy tip that will prevent the meat from sticking to the shell: When you split or butterfly the shell before cooking, pull the meat away from the shell first (leaving a bit attached at the fan-tail) and then push back into the shell.

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Charlie

03-02-2013

I am trying this tonight!!

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Nicaho

06-04-2013

Best surf and turf I ever had tonight!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DadMoore

06-16-2013

This was excellent! I was taken to Outback for my birthday dinner recently, the bill came to over $60 for 3 of us without lobster, and was poorly prepared. I just grilled steak and lobster tails and baked potatos with all the trimmings for less than $20 and it all came out beautifully!

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kady

02-15-2014

Awesome recipe! Easy and simple! Better than any lobster tail I have had in a restaurant!

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Janet

03-16-2014

I had never cooked lobster tail before. I used this recipe and it was awesome.

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Scott

04-15-2014

I am trying these tonight. I live in south Florida and notice you had spiny lobster. I couldn’t find any here so went with the cold water version. Will inform!

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