Preparing the lobster tails
The lobster should thaw overnight in the fridge for several reasons: so that it doesn’t affect the temperature of the grill (if it is frozen it will lower the temperature), it is easier to cook, faster to cook and cooks consistently. If you try to grill a frozen piece of meat, the outside cooks much faster than the inside and then you are left with an unevenly cooked, maybe even under-cooked, lobster tail. Before you grill the lobster tails, take them out of the fridge about 1 hour prior to cooking and let them reach room temperature.
There's different ways to prepare lobster tails
- Remove the lobster tail from the shell and grill the lobster meat without its protective shell.
- Slice the lobster tail, revealing the meat and grill it cut side up in its shell.
- Halve the lobster tail and grill in its shell.
In this lobster recipe, we have opted for the second option and grilled the lobster meat with a delicious garlic butter poured into its shell from the slit made.
Grill-ready lobster tails
Now, take the thawed tails that have been brought to room temperature and remove their little legs. Then, solve the lobster meat from the carcass. To do this, cut up the middle of the tail from base to fin. Carefully, break the shell outwards. Then, remove the intestines of the lobster and leave the meat without removing it from the shell completely – the lobster meat stays on the fins with the carcass connected..
Prepare the garlic and herb butter marinade
Grilled lobster tastes even more fantastic with a homemade marinade of melted garlic butter with a touch of lime. Melt the butter in a small pot on the stove. Then, add finely chopped garlic and the fresh parsley to the butter along with the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Grilling on the Otto Grill
Heat the Otto Grill for about 5-10 minutes prior to grilling. Make sure to take out the grill grate and put it next to your grill before heating so that it stays cooled.
While the Otto Grill heats up, marinate the lobster tails. Take a spoon or brush and spread the melted herb butter all over the lobster meat. The melted butter should run down the sides and stay within the shell to aromatize the crustacean from all sides.
How to grill lobster tail
Place the lobster tails on the grill grate with the cut side facing upwards and place them in the Otto Grill on Meat-O-Meter level 5. Then, take the temperature up to maximum heat and grill the lobster tails for about 2-3 minutes at 650°C. During the middle of this grilling session, add the melted butter to the lobster meat – around the 1-minute mark. Next, turn off the burner and take the lobster out of the oven. The ideal core temperature for lobsters is around 55-58°C.
Arrange the grilled lobster tail on a beautiful appetizer plate and serve with the garlic herb butter and a side of cut limes.