How to Grill Lobster at Home

Cooking Lobsters on the Barbecue is Easier Than You May Think!

How to Grill Lobster
© 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

Tired of cooking the same old burgers, hot dogs and chicken on the barbecue? Grilled lobster is a treat! If you are searching for a grilled lobster recipe, here are the basics of how to grill lobster.

Need added incentive to break out the barbecue tongs when you have crustaceans in the house? Lobsters cooked on the grill have a wonderful smoky flavor, and they are easier to eat than traditional boiled whole lobsters.

Difficulty: Easy... really!

Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How to Grill Lobster in 8  Easy-to-Follow Steps:

  1. Select live lobsters that weigh between 1-1/2 and 2 pounds each.
  2. In a large stock pot, bring about 2 gallons of water to a boil. Parboil two lobsters at a time in a covered pot for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Remove lobsters from the cooking pot, turn them upside down on a cutting board, and slice them in half lengthwise from the tail to the top of the head. Use a sharp knife to split the claws only on the side that will be turned up on the grill.
  4. Place each half lobster, shell side down, on a grill that has been pre-heated to medium temperature.
  1. 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.
  2. Cover lobsters with a metal pie plate or a shallow roasting pan to ensure quick and even cooking. Remove the cover periodically to baste the lobsters and to check cooking progress.
  3. 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 white and opaque, your grilled lobsters are ready to eat.
  1. Serve grilled lobster with melted drawn butter and a slice of lemon for spritzing.

Additional Tips for Cooking Lobster on a Grill:

  1. See a photo of each step in the lobster grilling process in my step-by-step visual guide.
  2. Lobsters should be cooked on the day they are purchased. Store live lobsters in your refrigerator until you are ready to begin the cooking process.
  3. Split lobsters take up quite a lot of room on the grill, so the larger the grilling space, the more lobsters you can cook at a time.
  4. You can use just about any kind of grill to cook lobsters including gas and charcoal grills. Try using wood charcoal for the flavor it imparts, or experiment with seasoned wood chips. I wouldn't recommend you try grilling lobsters on a George Foreman or other electric grill, though.
  1. Once you've mastered cooking lobsters on your own home grill, take things to the next level by hosting a traditional Maine-style backyard lobster bake.

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