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How to Grill Lobster Tails

Easy way to impress friends and family or that special someone in your life, if you can afford the lobster. But you better tell them not to get used to it. Simple grilled lobster tails.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Calories: 266kcal


  • 2 lobster tails 8oz to 10oz
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper


Thaw the Lobster Tails

  • 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.

Cut the Lobster Tails in Half

  • 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.

Prep the grill

  • Make sure you are starting with a clean and well pre-heated grill before grilling your lobster tails to minimize sticking. Using a gas grill, turn the grill to medium-high heat. For charcoal, distribute the coals so there is an even heat.

Grilling the Lobster Tails

  • Once the grill is hot, at least 15 minutes, 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.

Finally...Dig In!

  • 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.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg