Guide to Grilling Lobsters at Home

Grilled Lobster Tail on the Grill with Lemon

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Grilled lobster is smoky and delicious, and it's easier to cook lobster on the grill than you might think. Let's walk through the steps required for grilling perfect lobsters.

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Parboil Before Grilling

Parboil Lobsters Before Grilling

Kim Knox Beckius

Start by purchasing live lobsters that weigh between 1-1/2 and 2 pounds. In a large pot on the stove, bring about two gallons of water to a rolling boil. Place two lobsters at a time in the pot, cover, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

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Drain the Partially Cooked Lobsters

Drain Parboiled Lobsters

Kim Knox Beckius

Next, remove lobsters from the cooking pot, and place in a colander to drain.

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Cutting Crustaceans

Slice Lobster Before Grilling

Kim Knox Beckius

Next, place each parboiled lobster upside down on a cutting board, and slice it in half lengthwise from the top of the head to the tip of the tail.

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Rinse Away the Yucky Stuff

Rinse Tomalley Out of Lobster

Kim Knox Beckius

That yucky green stuff, the tomalley, absolutely has to go. So, after slicing each lobster into two halves, it's a good idea to rinse the exposed lobster meat under cool running water before cooking on the grill.

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Split the Lobster Claws

Split Lobster Claws

Kim Knox Beckius

Use a sharp knife to split the lobster claws only on the one side that will be turned up on the grill. Be careful! Hold the claw firmly, as shown, and make a small slit to vent the claw.

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Ready to Grill

Lobsters on Grill

Kim Knox Beckius

Place each half lobster, shell side down, on a grill that has been pre-heated to medium temperature. The type of grill is up to you. 

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Baste Lobsters While Grilling

Baste Lobster on Grill

Kim Knox Beckius

Baste the exposed lobster meat with melted butter or oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. For added flavor, use seasoned oils, or add garlic, herbs and spices or lemon or lime juice to the butter. We used chopped fresh basil to flavor our butter sauce. Continue to baste periodically while lobsters are cooking.

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Remove Lobsters from the Grill

Grilling Lobster

Kim Knox Beckius

Grill lobsters for a total of about 10 minutes. Be sure to check the meat at the thickest part of the tail in order to determine that lobsters are completely cooked. When the meat is firm, white and opaque, your grilled lobsters are ready to eat. Grab them with tongs and place them on a platter or plate.

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Enjoy Your Grilled Lobster Feast!

Grilled Lobster on Plate

Kim Knox Beckius

Serve grilled lobster with melted drawn butter and a slice of lemon. We used fresh basil once again to season our butter dipping sauce.

Perfect accompaniments for grilled lobster include buttered corn on the cob, steamer clams, mussels, fresh-baked rolls or garlic bread or cheddar biscuits, seasoned red potatoes, grilled summer vegetables like zucchini or asparagus, a tossed garden salad, coleslaw, a light pasta salad or garlic mashed potatoes. Lobster Anywhere has more ideas for the best side dishes to serve with a lobster dinner.

Although eating grilled lobster is decidedly less messy than cracking and picking a boiled or steamed whole lobster, it's still a good idea to tie on a lobster bib before you dig in. A kitchen towel tied behind your neck makes a suitable bib in a pinch.


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