Grilled Lobster Tails With Lemon Garlic Butter

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 minutes
Skill Levelmedium

These grilled lobster tails are quick, easy, and ridiculously delicious! Serve them alongside a beautifully crusted steak and you’ll have a meal that rivals a high-end restaurant. Make these grilled lobster tails at your next BBQ and wow everyone!



  • 2 Lobster tails, 8-10 ounces each
  • 2 Lemons, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Lemon Garlic Butter

  • 8 tablespoons Unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Shallot, minced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper

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  1. Split the lobster tails in half

    Using a sharp knife, split the lobster tails into 2 halves lengthwise. I recommend this method as it will allow the butter to sit in the shell instead of dripping off - trust me on this one!
  2. Make the lemon garlic butter mixture

    In a bowl, mix the softened butter with the parsley, shallot, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Preheat the grill

    Preheat the grill to to 425°F.
  4. Grill the lobster tails

    When the grill reaches 425°F, place the lobster tails on the grill flesh side down, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip them over and spoon about 1/4 of the butter onto each lobster tail half. As the butter begins to melt, baste with a brush  to coat the entire tail. Cook for approximately 4-5 more minutes until cooked through. I usually aim for an internal temperature of 135-140°F using a thermometer (some people like it cooked less).
  5. Serve the grilled lobster tails

    Sprinkle the grilled lobster tails with parsley (optional) and serve with lemon slices. Enjoy!


Can I use whole lobsters instead of just the tails?

Absolutely! I recommend splitting them the same way - right down the middle lengthwise. Just make sure to clean out the tomalley from the body before grilling! You can also use the end of the knife right by the handle to crack open the claws. If using wood or charcoal to grill it will add some flavor to the claw meat.

Do I have to split the lobster tails in half?

There are many methods on how to open lobster tails for grilling. I love the way recommended in the recipe as it builds a boat for the butter to sit in. You can also use a pair of shears to cut down the top of the shell and pull the meat out to rest on top (see my post here). This way definitely looks better from a presentation standpoint, but all the butter will run off as it grills.


  1. Greggory
    August 18th, 2022

    Great lobster recipe. This will be my go to from now on.

  2. Melissa
    August 18th, 2022

    Wow! What a nice treat for my husband and I. He said this was better than any lobster he’s had at a restaurant before. Thank you for the detailed guide to grilling.

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