How to Grill Lobster Tails

How to Grill Lobster Tails

Learning how to grill lobster tails is easy, frankly there aren’t to many things that are this simple to grill. Don’t be hesitant to try this just because they are expensive. With very little prep and just a few minutes of grilling you can have a perfectly grilled lobster tail. To begin if your tails are frozen let them thaw for at least a day maybe two depending on the size.

Raw lobster tail butterfly cut

After the lobster tails are fully thawed get a large sharp kitchen knife and chop them in half, lengthwise. Place the point of your knife into the fin tail section and rock that knife back hard and fast to crack the shell. If at first you don’t succeed. Hold the knife level across the back and give it a whack to finish the job. Then fold the tail open, the lower part of the shell keeps it attached. Season to taste we simply use salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder on ours.

To Grill your Lobster Tails:

Fire up your grill to a high heat. For this and any seafood really, once the grill is hot run your grill brush over it, just to be sure it is good and clean. We don’t find it necessary to oil our grill grates but feel free to take that step as well. If you have a sauce pot or cheese melting tray for your grill throw a chunk of butter into it.

Lobster laying on grill grates

Once your grill is ready, set your sauce pot off to the side and place your lobster tails meat side down over direct high heat. Press down on the center of the shell to make sure that they are laying flat. Let them cook for around 3 minutes, and not much longer than that or they might burn. Flip the tails to shell side down and flatten again. Remove from direct heat or turn down your heat to a medium heat.

Lobster tails being brushed with butter on grill

From here there can be a large time differential depending on the heat of your grill and the size of your lobster tails. To be perfectly cooked the meat in the center of the tail should be 145 degrees. So check your temp right after flipping the tails. That being said, these 10 ounce tails took an additional 4 minutes to reach optimal temperature.

Finished lobster tails on gas grill

At 145 degrees your lobster meat will be firm on the outside and light and flaky on the inside on the large end. In fact I have never had lobster meat this light and falling apart in my life.


aka Sultan of Sizzle

I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.

“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”

How to Grill Lobster Tails
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How to Grill Lobster Tails
1) Take your fuly defrosted lobster tails and cut in half lenghtwise. 2) Season the lobster meat 3) Place tails meat side down over direct high heat for 3 minutes 4) Turn tails over and place over a medium heat until the center reaches 145 degrees
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