The quintessential summer includes outdoor parties with friends and family where you fire up your barbeque pit. You can up your barbeque skills by serving lobsters at the party.
Grilling lobster is as easy as slapping hamburgers on the barbeque. Lobsters are an upgrade to the regular barbeque tradition and promise a gastronomical experience for all.
Making lobster is quite easy. Being a premium seafood choice, you don’t have to do much to elevate the flavor of the lobster. If you like using your barbeque for cooking and grilling food, then rest assured that the grilled lobster is going to be your next favorite dish. Keep reading to know different ways to grill and enjoy lobster tails at home.
To make the simplest version of grilled lobster tails, you need simple kitchen items, a good quality lobster tail, and a good grill or barbeque set-up. The following recipe is ridiculously easy, showcasing the lobster tails as the centerpiece of the dinner spread. The delicate flavor of the lobster is uncompromised in the dish.
Things You Need For Grilling The Lobster Tails
- A hot grill or barbeque pit
- Premium Lobster tails, preferably four to five pieces, weighing two pounds each
- A stick (250 grams) of unsalted butter of your choice
- Plain vegetable oil for grilling
- Olive oil for adding extra flavor to the lobster tail
- Salt and pepper for taste and flavor
- Lemon wedges for garnish
How To Grill Lobster Tails At Home
Follow the recipe below to make a perfectly grilled lobster tail with simple, elegant, and sophisticated flavors.
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes.
Thaw The Lobster Tail
Before you start cooking and grilling the meat, you need to do some prep work. This includes thawing frozen meat. It is best to leave the lobster tail to thaw overnight or at least a few hours in the refrigerator before loading it onto the grill.
Prepare The Barbeque Grill
To fire up the barbeque, use some vegetable oil on a paper towel to lightly grease the grilling station. You can also use a non-stick spray for the same. Whether you are using a charcoal or gas-based grill, build up the fire of the barbecue to medium-high heat. Pre-heating it ensures an even cook on the lobster while grilling. With the barbeque heating up, it is time to prep the lobster for cooking.
Prepping The Lobster Meat
To prep the lobster for the grill, there are certain things you need to do. Place the lobster on the chopping board, membrane side down, and shell side up. Now you cut the lobster with kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Cut through the shell and the meat, leaving the membrane untouched. In the culinary world, this technique is called butterflying the lobster tail.
Flavoring The Lobster Tail
Use approximately one spoon of oil for each lobster tail, preferably olive oil. Gently coat the lobster meat with oil and add salt and pepper to taste. The olive oil keeps the lobster tail moist till it hits the grill and imparts its unique taste.
Grilling The Lobster Tails
This is the most crucial step in the cooking process. Make sure that the grill is evenly heated before grilling the meat. You need to place the lobster tail meat side up on the grill. Grill the lobster tail with the barbeque lid closed to trap the heat and moisture generated.
Cook the lobster tail for about 6-10 minutes, flipping it once in between to get an even char. You know the meat is cooked when the lobster tail turns opaque, and the shell acquires a bright orange color. Set it aside to rest before serving.
Serving The Lobster
Finally, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Serve up the grilled lobster tail with drizzled melted butter and a wedge of lemon or lime.
The simplicity of this preparation is unparalleled. You can easily serve this to your friends and family.
Some Tips And Tricks To Elevate Your Grilled Lobster Dish Further
Once you have mastered the art of grilling the perfect lobster tail, you can experiment more with the ingredients and preparation strategy of the lobster.
Buying High-Quality Ingredients
This is a sure shot strategy to improve your dining experience. Buying premium lobster tails and good butter and oil can immediately enhance the taste and quality of your dish.
Browning The Butter
To make your grilled lobster fancier, you can baste your lobster tail in browned butter for an added layer of finesse and complexity.
Using Garlic, Herbs, And Spices
By adding garlic, herbs, and additional spices, you can experiment with your lobster preparation. Garlic and lobster tails are tried and tested combination, which will not disappoint you. You can further customize your dish by adding herbs and spices like parsley, chives, paprika, and red pepper flakes. They all work famously well with grilled lobster tails.
Marinating The Lobster Tail Beforehand
Another way to spice up your grilled lobster tail is by marinating the meat before grilling. To do this, you need to butterfly your lobster as mentioned above and prepare a simple marinade. Pour the marinade into a zip-lock bag and add the lobster. Leave this for a few hours or overnight. By doing this, you can easily deepen and enhance the flavors before grilling the meat.
Creating Some Side Dishes To Compliment The Grilled Lobster
You can supplement your lobster dinner with some side dishes that complement the star of the show. With options like potato salad, pasta, butter cob, and other seafood like mussels or clams, you can really customize the meal to suit your needs.
Complimentary Drinks To Serve With The Lobster
Lobster tails are a fancy menu item and deserve the right pairing of drinks. A glass of bubbly champagne is a perfect companion for your grand lobster dinner.
Armed with all this information, there is no doubt that you will be able to make a killer grilled lobster dinner that will amaze your loved ones.
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