Grilling Frozen Lobster Tails at Home

Memorial Day is fast approaching and we are readying our grills for the summer season. One of the best things to kick off the summer season is to learn how to grill  lobsters 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 frozen lobster tails
Grilling Lobster Tails

If you can light a grill, you can grill lobster tails. Here is a simple recipe for frozen grilled lobster tails. Our grilled lobster tail recipe is uncomplicated. You do not want to overpower the sweet, delicate flavor of the lobster meat. Try pairing grilled lobster with a nice steak or fresh shrimp! Grilling lobster tails is a snap. If you can light a grill, you can cook frozen lobster tails. 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.

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

Learn how to Boil, Bake, Broil & Poach Frozen Lobster Tails.

Directions Grilled Lobster Tails at Home

  1. Thaw tails in the refrigerator.
  2. 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).
  3. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill. As the grill heats, prepare lobster tails.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Place lobster tails on the grill , meat-side up. Grill lobster, with grill lid closed, until the meat is opaque, 6-8 minutes, turning once. Be careful not to overcook!
  7. Squeeze fresh sliced lemon half over lobster and drizzle and serve with melted unsalted butter

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.

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?

  1. First, they are split and cleaned, so you do not need kitchen shears, or a chef’s knife to butterfly the tails.
  2. Second, only hard shell, cold water tails are used so you are guaranteed a tail full of meat.
  3. 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.


  1. The lobster tails are such excellent quality that I use a simple method of opening tails like a book, seasoning with salt and olive oil. Then serving with lemon and melted unsalted butter.
    Close the grill top, but never leave the grill for even one second! Salty tears are never a seasoning. ?

  2. Lobster Anywhere 20-24 oz is my favorite.. Love it!! Have ordered it many times..yummy with heated garlic butter..just keep on dip to warm the meat!!..<3 Faye Hensley Ohio

  3. Actually we love them in the oven! Butterfly them open over the shell, baste with top with top quantity olive oil high temp and there you go! They look like clouds so white and beautiful. Too good to eat, not!!!!

  4. I love my lobster tails grilled with butter and tons of chopped garlic. Just split it down the middle and spare no butter or garlic. When pink and done remove from grill and pull meat out with fork. Love LOBSTERANYWHERE.

  5. I have grilled lobster for years, and your instructions are right on…Especially the butter…Good luck to everyone trying it… You will be famous when the word gets out that you know=what you are doing..

  6. After I thaw, I simply cut them open on the membrane side, split them open, lay them on the grill, and am super careful not to overcook! With Plenty of butter.

  7. 4 lobster tails (4 to 5oz/115g to 140g)
    2 tbsp butter (melted) (28g)
    2 cloves garlic (minced)
    1 tsp fresh thyme (coarsely chopped)
    1/8 tsp ground pepper
    ½ tsp salt

  8. Slide a skewer from tail to top to keep them from curling. Slice them on top, add butter and a little lemon juice and BBQ in tin foil. Come out perfect every time!

  9. I split down the back of the shell, pull the meat above the shell, sprinkle with old hay and drizzle with butter. Broil until done…. OMG!!!!!!! there is nothing better with a cold beer.

  10. Lobster is my favorite! I grill lobster tails at home with the following way:
    2 whole lobster tails
    125g butter, melted
    1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
    salt to taste
    ground white pepper, to taste
    1 lemon – cut into wedges, for garnish
    Preheat the grill. Place lobster tails on a medium baking tray. With a sharp knife or kitchen shears, carefully cut top side of lobster shells lengthways. Pull apart shells slightly, and season meat with equal amounts butter, paprika, salt and white pepper. Grill lobster tails 5 to 10 minutes, or until butter is melted and lightly browned, and lobster meat is opaque. Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.

  11. We cut the meat down the middle, careful not to cut all the way through. We insert a metal skewer down the lobster tail so the tail stands straight. We then brush the meat with extra virgin, good quality olive oil and sprinkle with just a little salt. We place them on the grill cut side down over medium high heat for 4 or 5 minutes, until the color of the shells are bright.

  12. Grilled Lobster is our favorite. I brush with a mixture of melted butter, garlic, pepper and fresh lemon juice. Hubby grills them perfectly but the secret he says is not to grill too long because this makes the meat tough!

  13. We have tried boiled and grilled and by far the best has been grilled, lightly seasoned, dont add too much or it will over power the tast of the lobster meat

  14. How can I prep 50 lobster tails ahead of time & what’s the best & easiest way to cook them? I’m hoping I can partially remove them from the shells to make eating at a picnic easier?

    1. Your best bet is to par cook the lobster tails (boil tails for about 3-4 minutes depending on size). Let the cool, and butterfly/or piggyback tails and store in your refrigerator until your ready to cook. To cook preheat your grill to about medium heat and grill your tails for just a few minutes. Temp should reach a little under 140 degrees. You can also bake/broil on a cooking sheet in the oven.

  15. We recently began exploring the world of grilling/smoking now that we have a BGE. I’ve only tried grilling lobster once, but I think it turned out pretty well! I used avocado oil, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning, AND Slap Ya Mama for some kick!

  16. I leave the shell intact, but loosen just enough of the meat around the shell and I coat with a bit of olive oil, garlic and coconut oil. I make sure that I am basting frequently with marinade and when it is firm it is done.

  17. I wish I could say I have a great technique for grilling lobsters, but I’ve never tried it before, I’ve lived in apartments where we couldn’t have a bbq until this year.

  18. My favorite way is to make my special compound butter for both the steak & tail. There’s also a special rub for the steak and that grills over flames until rare. Then the tails go on shell down for a few minutes…flip & kiss the flames…serve!

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