Grilled Lobster Tails

grilled lobster tails

The centerpiece of our mothers day barbecue bash were grilled lobster tails. We’re used to eating lobster sauteed with ginger and scallions which is delicious, but grilled lobsters are on a whole other level. So sweet and juicy with fragrant smoky flavor, we kept this recipe simple to let the lobster meat shine. Grilling shellfish inside their shells protects it from drying out and infuses a smoky sweetness while retaining the texture. To keep the lobsters moist, a marinade of lemon juice, garlic, butter, and paprika was applied generously while grilling.
Being the bargain shoppers that we are, we bought frozen lobster tails for $4.99/lb at a local Vietnamese grocery store. Cheaper than steak! No one could honestly could tell the difference between frozen and fresh lobster and who cares…it’s lobster! It was so good, we almost ate the shell!

Grilled Lobster Tails
Printable Recipe


  • 8 lobster tails
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ½ cup of lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste


lobster tail

After thawing in the fridge, rinse and butterfly the lobster tails. Lay the bellyside up. Pierce just proximal to the tail with a sharp knife and cut through the belly. When you get down to the shell, press hard to cut through. Kitchen sheers will also work nicely. Do not completely separate lobster tails. Gently expose part of the meat out along each tail and rinse again and pat dry.
Combine oil, lemon, butter, paprika, garlic and pinch of salt and pepper in mixing bowl. Brush marinade on lobster tails.

Grill the lobster with meat side down and frequently brush on the marinade. Cook the lobster tail until the meat is white and opaque and firm to touch, about 8-12 min depending on size.

grilled lobster tails


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10 Responses to “Grilled Lobster Tails”

  1. 1

    Cookin' Canuck — May 12, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    These look fabulous! And what an amazing deal you got on the lobster tails! I’ll have to check out our local Chinese market.

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    Brenda Campbell — May 13, 2009 @ 1:24 am

    What a great deal on lobster tails, I need to check out our local Asian stores… Now I want lobster LOL That looks yummy!

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    Wandering Chopsticks — May 13, 2009 @ 2:58 am

    $4.99/lb?! What a deal! I haven’t had lobster in so long. Only at weddings.

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    White on Rice Couple — May 13, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    OMG, you got me by my tails now, wow!!!!!
    Seriously, when’s dinner? It looks fabulous!!! You guys are amazing!

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    Ravenous Couple — May 14, 2009 @ 12:14 am

    Cookin’Canuck–Sorry about tough lost by the Canucks the other day! I find Asian markets are generally cheaper then the large chains. Thanks for the comments and hope to have you as a reader.

    Brenda–Thanks for the comments! I used to live in Seattle and I miss it! Hope you enjoy the Northwest and all that dungenous crabs for me.

    WC–It was at ABC’s down in Little Saigon. I haven’t seen it elsewhere here or in the SGV but will keep my eyes peeled and let you know.

    WoRC–We’re just newbies compared to you guys, so thanks for your comments and support. It means a lot to us to have two of the best and our favorite blogs (Wanderingchopsticks and White on Rice Couple) to comment on the same post!!

  6. 6 — May 14, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    Oh wow, delish! This is a treat not easily forgotten. What a nice flavor to add to lobster.

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    Lisaloo — May 14, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    ohhhh, that looks so good… we just happen to live in lobster-fishing country (the season opened May 1st) and my husband prepared right off the boat lobster for me for mothers day. You may be right, but we were all commenting on how incredible the taste was (we had fairly small ones caught that morning), and we kept it simple – fresh cooked lobster dipped in garlic butter with squeezed fresh lemon, home-baked baguettes and a simple spinach & cherry tomato salad with balsamic-maplesyrup-olive oil dressing. But we are definitely trying this the next time – our poor lobster fishermen are having a tough time right now, so you may get your hands on some good deals if you want to try fresh…

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    Ravenous Couple — May 15, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

    duodishes–thanks! definitely the highlight of the bbq and something we’ll talk about for a long time.

    lisaloo–wow, what a mother’s day gift! we’ll gladly try to eat more lobsters to support the fisherman 🙂

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