Memorial Day marks grilling season’s opening day here in the Northeast. As New Englanders we’ve waited a long, long time to fire up our backyard grills. Some die hards will grill all-year around no if it’s 10 below or 10 feet of snow! What’s better than dogs and burgers on the grill? You guessed it—Maine lobster! Summer also marks the high season for lobstering. Summer and lobster go hand and hand or should we say claw in claw!
One of the best things to kick off the grilling season is to learn how to grill lobster tails at home. Lobster tails benefit from the quick cooking and smoky flavor of the grill. Grilled lobster is quick and easy. Take the plunge and discover how deliciously simple it is to grill lobster tails at home.
Grilling lobster tails is a snap. The beauty of grilling lobster tails is that they are a more convenient than working with pinching and snapping crustaceans. Grilling lobster takes about the same prep time as the conventional boiling and steaming methods. The real difference is the grill will imbue the smoky flavors of the coals and any marinades or butters. Barbecue lobster has a nice charred, somewhat smoky flavor that is difficult to match.
To Clean Your Grill: Turn the heat up to high, close the grill and in 10 minutes turn off the grill and scrape clean.
What you Need for Grilled Lobster Tails
- Four 8-10 oz. Lobster Tails or four 1 1/2 to 2 pound live lobsters
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Learn how to Boil, Bake, Broil & Poach Frozen Lobster Tails.
Directions Grilled Lobster Tails at Home
Time needed: 20 minutes.
If you can light a grill, you can grill lobster tails. Here is a simple recipe for frozen grilled lobster tails. Our recipe is uncomplicated. You do not want to overpower the sweet, delicate flavor of the lobster meat.
- Thaw tails in the refrigerator.
Be sure your lobster tails are fully defrosted. It’s best to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
- Prepare the grill.
Prior to starting the grill , pour a small amount of vegetable oil on a paper towel and lightly coat the grill rack (or lightly spray grill rack with cooking spray). Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill. As the grill heats, prepare lobster tails. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill. As the grill heats, prepare lobster tails.
- Prep Lobster Tails
Set each lobster tail on a cutting board with the translucent membrane down, curve shell facing up. Now butterfly your lobster tail. With kitchen shears or heavy knife, cut through the curved shell and meat, leaving membrane intact. Open tail gently like a book so its hinged in the center.
- Season Lobster Tails
Use about 1 teaspoon of olive oil for each lobster tail; rub onto the cut surfaces of the lobster meat, and season to taste with salt and pepper. The olive oil keeps the lobster from drying out on the grill.
- Grill Lobster Tails
Place lobster tails on the grill, meat-side up. Grill tails with grill lid closed, until the meat is opaque, about 6-8 minutes, turning once. Be careful not to overcook!
- Serve Tails
Squeeze fresh sliced lemon half over lobster and drizzle and serve with melted unsalted butter.
Try pairing grilled lobster with a nice steak or fresh shrimp!
Don’t have a grill? Here are directions for how to steam or boil lobster tails at home.
See our detailed instructions for how to cook a whole, live lobster on the grill.
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The Thrill of Lobster on the Grill: More Recipes for Grilling Lobster Tails
Here we’ve curated some of our top recipes for grilling lobsters.
When you split tails in half or butterfly them you’ll get the smoky flavors of the grill. Carefully cut the top of the tail shell lengthwise with a sharp knife or kitchen shears and baste with olive oil and/or butter and your favorite herbs and spices.
Barbecue master and certified judge Dru Chai, of Dirty Smoke, offers some fool proof tips for grilling tails, plus a simple marinade to kick up the flavor. Take a look.
Rhonda Atkins, aka, the Kitchen Witch, grilled some of our gi-gormous lobster tails with tequila lime butter. Tails were split and cooked on medium heat.
Food stylist and chef, Jeff Parker, grilled our tails West Coast style with drawn butter, citrus zest, lime juice. In Rosarito Beach, Baja California, lobster is split in half. Jeff, however, prepared the tails piggyback style. And unlike New England lobster, he served our tails with lime wedges. Checkout the recipe for Grilled Lobster Tails with Baja butter.
You want the meat to turn completely opaque and for the shell to transform into a bright orange-red color. This is the part where you do NOT leave the grill. No matter what.
The Perfect Lobster Tails for the Grill!
Make a big splash this grilling season with our special are ready to grill lobster tails. All the work is done, just defrost, add your favorite rub or marinade and grill! Be sure to check out our Lobster Tails line up featuring 6-7 oz. cold-water tails all the way up to our huge colossal tails (16-20 oz. each)
If you love lobster tails, and you love to grill lobster be sure to take a look at our one of a kind BBQ lobster tails. What’s so special about these lobster tails?
- First, they are split and cleaned, so you do not need kitchen shears, or a chef’s knife to butterfly the tails.
- Second, only hard shell, cold water tails are used so you are guaranteed a tail full of meat.
- Finally, each tail is tunnel frozen, locking in the fresh taste and flavor of lobster.
In short, these special lobster tails were made for the grill. To learn more about our barbecue lobster tails and have them shipped to you click here.
Grilling Live Lobsters?
For grilling live lobsters please review our live lobster grill guide. It contains tips on selecting the right lobsters and explains how to prep them for the grill. Although not a grill recipe per se, we include a clambake recipe you can make on your backyard grill! Are you more of a purist? Learn how to boil and steam whole, live lobsters.