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This grilled lobster tail recipe has a lot in common with my air fryer lobster tails and roasted lobster tails, and is the perfect alternative for warm weather. No need to be intimidated by roasting lobster, it’s actually very easy! I’ll walk you through the whole process (preparation included) so you know exactly how to roast lobster tails, from butter flight to seasoning and proper technique once they’re on the grill.
If you want to take this grilled lobster to the next level, turn it into surf and turf! Add a side of New York strip fillet, a reverse seam steak, perfect filet mignon (or air fryer filet mignon!), or even steak bites.
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How butterfly lobster tails for roasting
The first step in any grilled lobster recipe is to prepare the lobster. You can butterfly lobster tails for grilling by bringing the meat over the shell the same way you would for roasted lobster tails, but below I’ll show you a different, slightly easier method.
- Cut the lobster shell. Cut the center of the shell lengthwise, starting from the end opposite the tail fins and working its way down the tail, but do not cut the tail.
TIP: Cut only the top casing. You want to cut the top shell and some of the meat, but not all the way through the bottom shell.
- cut. Use a knife to cut along the central ridge, but again do not cut through the lower shell.
- flatten. Use your hands to open the tail and then press with the palm of your hand to flatten it, so that it opens.
- skewer. Pass the skewer along the center of the meat. This helps prevent lobster tail from curling on the grill.
TIP: Soak your skewers in water first, so they don’t start a fire on the grill. Simply place them in a shallow pan filled with water for 30-60 minutes and weigh them with a container to keep them submerged.
How to season lobster
keep the seasoning really simple…
- Before grilling: Brush lobster tails with olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper.
- While grilling: Brush with seasoned garlic butter after flipping. To make it, whisk melted butter, crushed garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.
How to roast lobster
tails Let’s get to the good stuff: how to cook lobster tails on the grill!
- Roast the meat with the side down. Place the lobster tails on the grill meat down and cook without moving for 5-6 minutes, until the meat begins to brown and the shells begin to turn red.
- Add the garlic and lemon butter. Flip the lobster tails and brush the melted garlic butter over the lobster meat. Close the grill and cook until opaque. (See below for a time table!) Serve with more seasoned butter.
TIP: Be careful when brushing butter. Try to apply it only to the meat and do not let it drip through the racks, as this can cause the grill to become inflamed.
How long to roast lobster tails?
Grilled lobster tails are cooked for 5-6 minutes with the meat side down, followed by 1-6 minutes with the meat side up, depending on the size.
TIP: A good rule of thumb for lobster tail grill time is about 60-75 seconds of total time per ounce of individual tail. For example, if your lobster tails are 8 ounces each, you will roast them for 480-600 seconds total, which is 8 to 10 minutes. Of that total time, 5-6 minutes would be meat down and the remaining time would be after flipping.
How to Roast Frozen Lobster
While it’s okay to buy your frozen lobster tails, it’s best to thaw them before cooking. See below for options.
Can frozen lobster tails
? It is not recommended to cook lobster tails that
are still frozen, because they will cook unevenly and come out hard
. How to thaw lobster tails before grilling Thawing lobster tails
is the same as if you were roasting lobster tails. There are two methods you can use
- Refrigerator: Thaw lobster tails in the refrigerator overnight. Be sure to check your tails an hour or so before planning to cook them, to make sure they’re completely thawed!
- Cold water: Place lobster tails in a zip-lock bag and soak them in water for 30-60 minutes, until completely thawed.
Can you grill lobster tail in advance?
Grilled lobster is best cooked fresh, as seafood usually doesn’t reheat very well. However, you can butterfly lobster tails ahead of time and wrap them in plastic before refrigerating, to prevent them from drying out.
What to serve
with grilled lobster
This easy grilled lobster tail recipe needs a few sides, here are a few to try
: Other grilled recipes:
- If you’re grilling for a feast, make it varied with other favorites like grilled bruschetta chicken, grilled salmon, grilled lamb chops, or grilled cabbage steaks.
- Salads : Salad recipes like spring mix salad, crispy kale salad, or creamy cucumber radish salad pair well with the best grilled lobster.
- Vegetables: Try sautéed asparagus, bacon-wrapped green beans, or sautéed zucchini
- Starches – Oven-roasted potatoes are a popular choice. I like to make a healthier exchange with cauliflower potato salad or cauliflower puree
- Lemon butter sauce – I originally made this to accompany halibut, but it’s also my favorite side for the best grilled lobster recipe!