How to Grill Lobster Tails on a Gas Grill

Want to make waves at your next barbecue? Bring the beach to your backyard in just a few easy steps. Lear how to grill lobster tails on a gas grill with this guide that explains the basics as well as includes a couple of delicious recipes that your friends and family will love!

Follow these tips to prepare the most succulent grilled lobster tails you’ve ever had. It only takes about 20 minutes.

Lobster Tail Grilling Instructions

  1. Buy fresh lobster from your local grocer or fish market, if possible. Frozen tails work, too — but you’ll need to allow for some time for them to thaw in the refrigerator.
  2. Make sure you have a paring knife and kitchen shears. Butterfly the tails but removing the soft bottom. Then cut the tails down the middle lengthwise and open them slightly. Cut about halfway through the meat.
  3. Make sure your grill grates are clean and oiled. Preheat your grill for medium-high heat — 400-450°F.
  4. To prevent curling, you can skewer the tails.
  5. Once the grill is nice and hot, add the lobster tails. Place them "cut side down." Cook until the shell turns bright orange.
    HOT TIP – Some chefs prefer starting with the flesh-side up, but it makes no difference which side you start on, as long as it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  6. Remove the tails and add butter. Then cook for another four minutes.
  7. The tails will show you when they’re done. The meat should be white and opaque. You can confirm the temperature with a meat thermometer. Shoot for 145°F.
  8. Remove and serve!