For this grilled lobster tail recipe I start with 4 Lobster Tails weighing about 8-10oz each. Place the tails on a cutting board and split each tail in half long ways using a heavy bladed knife. Be careful here because the lobster shell is hard and the knife can easily slip. Make sure you keep those fingers clear and use a good grip.
Lay each lobster tail on the board so the meat side is exposed. Season with a good dose of Kosher Salt, Cracked Black Pepper and a drizzle of Olive Oil.
Let the lobster tails hang out on the board while you fire up the grill. You can use any grill for this recipe; just create a hot and cool side by moving the coals to one side.
Place 3 sticks of unsalted butter in a small aluminum pan on the hot side of the grill. When the butter starts to melt add 4 cloves of minced garlic, ½ cup fresh parsley chopped, zest and juice from 1 lemon, and 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper. Continue to cook the butter mixture for about 5 minutes.
For grilling the lobster tails, start out by placing the lobster tails meat side down on the hot side of your grill. Make sure the grate surface is oiled so the grilled lobster tail doesn’t stick. Baste the shell side with the butter mixture and cook the lobster tail for 4-5 minutes.
Dunk each grilled lobster tail in the butter mixture and place back on the grate shell side down on the cool side of the grill. Once all the grilled lobster tails are on the grate, baste one final time with the butter mixture. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes or until the meat turns an opaque color and the shells are bright pink. It’s important not to overcook the grilled lobster tails, so don’t walk away. The meat will get rubbery and tough if it’s over done.
As soon as the grilled lobster tails are done place them back in the butter pan and get them off the grill. You want to serve them piping hot, so go straight to the table. Arrange the grilled lobster tails on a platter and pour the remaining butter over the top. Garnish the grilled lobster tails with a little extra parsley and a squeeze of lemon.