Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 minutes
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
- 1 ThermoPro Instant Read Thermometer, optional
Split the lobster tails in halfUsing 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!
Make the lemon garlic butter mixtureIn a bowl, mix the softened butter with the parsley, shallot, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together until smooth.
Preheat the grillPreheat the grill to to 425°F.
Grill the lobster tailsWhen 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).
Serve the grilled lobster tailsSprinkle 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.