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How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails

The weather is finally making a turn for the better.  It is about time that spring has finally sprung upon us.  To celebrate spring, I picked up a few lobster tails on special.  I usually skewer the tails but decided to cook them in a different way. In this method I completely split the shells opening up more area to char on the grill.  It imparts the most smoke flavor to the lobster that I have found.  Plus it is simple, quick and delicious!  Did I mention it is easy to eat!  If you are looking for a great recipe with a more elaborate presentation, check out my how to grill lobster tails post.

How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails

How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails

In a small saucepan, preferably one that will work on your grill, heat the butter, salt and garlic. Heat until the butter fully melts and then set to the side.

The Grill

Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium/ high heat. Make sure to brush the grates clean. For this one, I used the charcoal grill. The flavor really comes across in the lobster. This works great over a gas grill too.

Cut the top shell

To prepare the lobster cut the top of the shell with a pair of sheers. Cut right through the center of the shell down the middle of the lobster tail.

Flip and Cut

Flip over and do the same on the bottom of the tail.

Cut all of the way through

Then using a sharp knife cut the lobster in half. Season the lobster with a little salt and then brush it with the garlic butter.

Place meat side down

Place the lobster directly over the heat with the meat side down. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the meat turns opaque.

Flip and grill

Flip the lobster and brush with the garlic butter. Continue to grill until the lobster meats is slightly firm, roughly 3 minutes.

Fully Cooked lobster

 

Remove the lobster and serve.

How to Split and Grill Lobster Tails
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 2
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A simple and delicious way to grill lobster tails.
Ingredients
Split Lobster Tails
  • 2 lobster tails
  • Garlic butter (see recipe below)
Garlic Butter
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter
  • dash salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, preferably one that will work on your grill, heat the butter, salt and garlic. Heat until the butter fully melts and then set to the side.
  2. Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium/ high heat. Make sure to brush the grates clean. For this one, I used the charcoal grill. The flavor really comes across in the lobster. This works great over a gas grill too.
  3. To prepare the lobster cut the top of the shell with a pair of sheers. Cut right through the center of the shell down the middle of the lobster tail.
  4. Flip over and do the same on the bottom of the tail.
  5. Then using a sharp knife cut the lobster in half. Season the lobster with a little salt and then brush it with the garlic butter.
  6. Place the lobster directly over the heat with the meat side down. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the meat turns opaque.
  7. Flip the lobster and brush with the garlic butter. Continue to grill until the lobster meats is slightly firm, roughly 3 minutes.
  8. Remove the lobster and serve.
 

Remove the meat and eat

You can pull the meat out and use in a salad or just eat as-is.  Simple, delicious and full of smokey flavor!


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