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Grilled Lobster Tails

I had never tried grilling lobster tails at home until I tried this convenient and deliciously different recipe. It turned out amazing, and has left me with little reason to ever order grilled lobster tail at a restaurant again. Here's how to cook lobster tails on the grill. —Katie Rush, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 frozen lobster tails (8 to 10 ounces each), thawed
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Using scissors, cut 3 to 4 lengthwise slits in underside of tail to loosen shell slightly. Cut top of lobster shell lengthwise down the center with scissors, leaving tail fin intact. Cut shell at an angle away from the center of the tail at base of tail fin. Loosen meat from shell, keeping the fin end attached; lift meat and lay over shell.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; spoon over lobster meat. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Place lobster tails, meat side up, on grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until meat is opaque.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To make a fresh garlic clove easy to peel, gently crush it with the flat side of a large knife blade to loosen the peel. If you don’t have a large knife, you can crush the garlic with a small can. The peel will come right off.
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 lobster tail: 446 calories, 29g fat (4g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 869mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 43g protein.

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    • Dana Lin
      May 29, 2020

      I tried this tonight and it was absolutely the best grilled lobster I've ever tasted. However, it is so good, I recommend two tails per serving unless you are doing surf and turf with several sides. If grilling on an infrared grill, preheat to 350-400°F, put the tails on the grill meat side up but reduce your cooking time to about seven minutes. The internal temperature of my cooked lobster was perfect at 135°F. Since my grocery a sale (2 tail pkg for $5), I was able to buy two packages. What a treat!

    • Queenlalisa
      Jan 31, 2020

      My husband loved it! So easy to make. Will definitely make again.

    • Michael
      Jan 23, 2020

      I used butter instead of olive oil and added two dashes of smoked tobasco sauce to the marinade. Then I placed a sprig of fresh rosemary down the center of each lobster tail as it cooked on the grill. Pretty amazing! I don't think I'll be eating lobster any other way.

    • Anne
      Dec 29, 2019

      Grilled Lobster Tails so delicious, such an easy recipe. My Family on Christmas Day 2019 were blown away by the presentation

    • David
      Dec 30, 2018

      I grew up in Maine. I'd only ever eaten lobster boiled, in a sandwich or in a stew. I've made this recipe here in Hawaii with Maine lobsters grown in Kona three times in the last two months. Simply delicious. And although I enjoy the challenge of getting every bit of lobster meat from even the tiniest legs and fins of a boiled lobster, I'm having second thoughts. After this recipe, I may never eat them boiled again. HOWEVER, I find the chore of loosening the tail meat and then slipping it out to the top of the shell while still attached is a real challenge. I notice other recipes suggest that the cut is made on the bottom of the tail. I'll try that the next time.

    • Peapod0114
      Dec 29, 2018

      I have only made lobster one way which is in the oven. So I thought it would be interesting to try something new. When I read the recipe the ingredients were simple but I was unsure how it would taste. To my surprise it was fantastic, grilling it was incrediblely easy. Now I know two ways to make it that are yummy! Great job!

    • janeirv
      Nov 3, 2015

      This was great! Nice flavor!

    • sgronholz
      Aug 27, 2015

      What an outstanding recipe! Although my husband and I cut the recipe back a bit to prepare two lobster tails, we found the recipe easy to follow and thought it was the best tasting lobster we've ever had! We'll definitely make it again!

    • jpinsticks
      Jun 23, 2014

      The only way this recipe could fail to provide a tasty lobster is if directions were not followed or lobster was bad in the first place.

    • weinersqueezer
      Jun 15, 2014

      Excellent. Even our learning-challenged cousin who unfortunately has a difficult time with some recipes...was able to accomplish this one on his own. Well done!As for us, we love it. We've made it a half dozen times already. How SassyLacey in the previous one-star comment failed at this, is beyond me. If our cousin who has a learning disability can do it, I am a little shocked at Sassy's failure.Some people just don't have a knack for cooking.