Best Lobster Tail Recipes

If you’re a lobster fan looking for an epic lobster tail recipe, stop scrolling and discover what kind of steakhouse-level magic you can…

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If you’re a lobster fan looking for an epic lobster tail recipe, stop scrolling and discover what kind of steakhouse-level magic you can create with your own backyard grill or smoker.

Today, I’m curating my best lobster recipes all in one spot. As you’ll soon see, the boiled lobster tail is not the only way to celebrate this wondrous seafaring crustacean. Lobster tail meat is meaty, hearty, and always the perfect centerpiece for a meal that’s so freakin’ delicious!

Stuffed Lobster Tails with garlic butter as they finish cooking on the grill. Lobster Tail Recipes

Why You’ll Love Each Lobster Tail Recipe

There are few things better in life than taking a bite of some buttery lobster. As any seafood lover knows, lobster and melted butter (with garlic and a sprinkling of fresh parsley) is already a match made in foodie heaven!

When you have the right recipe in front of you, you can make lobster with the best flavor that rivals any steak. The sweet, tender meat pairs perfectly with a variety of seasonings and cooking methods.

Skewered Lobster tails cooking in the grill.

Each recipe card below expands on the possibilities and ventures into the world of seasoned lobster tails. The bold, zesty, spicy, and citrusy flavor combinations are all designed to bring out the natural goodness of the lobster.

Whether smoked, grilled, stuffed or cooked in a cast-iron pan, lobster tails offer versatility and a gourmet touch to any meal. Plus, they cook quickly, making them a win-win for your next special occasion or weeknight dinner.

Cooking Tips for the Best Results 

  1. Best Quality Lobster: Sourcing live lobster is the first step to having the best lobster tail dinner ever. If you can’t get fresh lobster tails, frozen is a great option, but make sure they are properly thawed before cooking.
  2. Butterfly the Tails: For even cooking and a beautiful presentation, butterfly your lobster tails by cutting down the top of the shell with a pair of kitchen shears and spreading the meat open.
  3. Season Generously: Lobster meat is sweet and delicate, so don’t be afraid to season generously. Garlic, butter, herbs and a bit of lemon juice can enhance its natural flavor. If you haven’t tried my seasonings yet, they would also add the perfect burst of complex flavor.

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  1. Monitor the Temperature: Lobster tails cook quickly, so watch them closely to avoid overcooking. They are done when the meat is opaque and firm. The recommended internal temperature of the lobster is 140 degrees F. 
  2. Handy Tools: When making lobster, grab a cutting board, a pair of sharp kitchen shears to break through the hard shell, and a small saucepan for melting butter. 

Smoked Lobster Tails

The smoking process takes more patience than grilling, but it’s worth it every time. In fact, sometimes this is the easier option because they cook slower and therefore make it more difficult to overcook. Not impossible… but more difficult.  Plus, the smoky flavor that gets imparted on the lobster meat is delicious!

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Smoked Lobster Tails with Esquites

Smoky lobster is paired with the creamy, tangy taste of esquites, a Mexican corn salad.
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Honey Cajun Smoked Lobster Tails before being pulled from the smoker.

Honey Cajun Smoked Lobster Tails

Sweet and spicy, these lobster tails are glazed with honey and seasoned with Cajun spices, creating a mouthwatering bite.
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Smoked Lobster Tails with Spicy Garlic Butter

These smoked lobster tails are drenched in a spicy garlic butter sauce that enhances their rich, smoky taste.
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Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter

Smoked Lobster Tails

Simple and straightforward, these smoked lobster tails let the lobster's natural flavor shine through with just a hint of smoke.
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Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilled lobster is a classic way to give the buttery meat a deep and satisfying flavor from your smoky charcoal. The lobster cooks faster this way, so be ready when it’s go time.

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Grilled Lobster Tail

Simple and classic, these grilled lobster tails are perfect for purists who love lobster's natural flavor.
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Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster Recipe

Grilled Lobster Recipe

Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster because who doesn't love protein covered in butter and cheese?
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Grilled Lobster Tails with Honey Cajun Butter

Grilled to perfection and basted with honey Cajun butter, these lobster tails are sweet, spicy, and smoky.
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Grilled Lobster Tail Skewers

Grilled Lobster Tail Skewers

Simple, succulent lobster tail skewers that are perfect for grilling season. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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Grilled Lobster Tails with Honey Cajun Butter

Simple and easy grilled lobster tails basted with a honey cajun butter sauce. This is the ideal backyard cook for those that need some sweet and spicyness!
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Lobster Skewers with Bang Bang Sauce plated and served.

Lobster Skewers with Bang Bang Sauce

Tender chunks of lobster tail grilled on skewers and served with a spicy, creamy Bang Bang sauce that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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delicious sriracha butter lobster tails

Sriracha Butter Lobster Tails

For those who like it hot, these grilled lobster tails are slathered in a sriracha butter sauce that packs a punch.
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Coal Roasted Baja Lime Lobster

Coal Roasted Baja Lime Lobster

Cooking some seafood straight on the coals today with this Coal Roasted Baja Lime Lobsters recipe. Inspired by the dish from the Southwest.
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dirty lobster tails

Dirty Lobster Tails with Hatch Chile Butter Sauce

Grilled with the shell on and smothered in a Hatch chile butter sauce, these lobster tails are full of bold, Southwestern flavors.
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wood plank lobster tails

Wood Plank Lobster Tails

Grilled on a wood plank, these lobster tails take on a subtle, smoky flavor that's absolutely irresistible.
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Stuffed Lobster Tails

Stuffed lobster tails are a true showstopper, bringing together the rich flavors of lobster with a variety of mouthwatering ingredients.

Stuffed Lobster Tails with garlic butter as they finish cooking on the grill.

Stuffed Lobster Tail with Garlic Butter

Lobster tails stuffed with a rich garlic butter mixture create a luxurious and indulgent dish that's perfect for special occasions.
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Bacon Stuffed Lobster Tails garnished with parsley and ready to serve.

Bacon Stuffed Lobster Tails

Everything's better with bacon! These lobster tails are stuffed with a savory bacon mixture that adds a delicious, smoky flavor.
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Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster Recipe

Crab Stuffed Lobster

The ultimate seafood indulgence, these lobster tails are stuffed with a rich, creamy crab mixture for a double dose of decadence.
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Cast-Iron Skillet Lobster Recipe

Last but not least, one of my favorite ways to cook lobster tail is in my well-seasoned cast-iron skillet.

parmesan crusted lobster tails

Parmesan Crusted Lobster Tails

Cooked in a cast-iron pan, these lobster tails with simple ingredients are topped with a crispy Parmesan crust that adds a savory crunch to every bite.
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A fork full of lobster Mac and cheese.

Stuffed Cajun Lobster Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love homemade mac and cheese?! That’s the foundation for this Stuffed Cajun Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe.
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What to Serve with Your Lobster Dinner

Pair your lobster tails with classic sides like garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus or a fresh garden salad. For a more luxurious touch, consider making truffle mac and cheese, parmesan risotto or rice pilaf. Obviously, don’t forget a glass of crisp white wine or a refreshing cocktail to complete the insanely good meal.

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Leftovers & Reheating Lobster Tail

Leftover lobster tails can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days. To reheat, gently warm in the oven at 350°F until heated through. Avoid the microwave, as it can make the lobster tough and rubbery. You can also use leftover lobster meat in salads, sandwiches, or pasta dishes.

If you enjoyed this lobster recipe round up, check out my some of my other round ups for grilled steak, burnt ends and even chicken legs!

FAQs for Lobster Tails

Why are Maine lobsters the best?

It’s the cold water. The icy, nutrient-rich waters of the North Atlantic provide the ideal environment for lobsters to grow slowly, which results in tender, sweet meat.

Can I still make lobster tail recipes if I buy a whole lobster?

Absolutely! If you buy a whole lobster, you can definitely still make lobster tail recipes. Simply remove the tail from the rest of the lobster by twisting it off where it meets the body.  The remaining lobster meat can be used for other dishes like lobster bisque, lobster rolls, or seafood pasta.

Where can I find the best Maine lobsters?

You can find high-quality Maine lobsters online from reputable seafood suppliers or usually at your local grocery store. Many offer overnight shipping to ensure freshness. Look for suppliers with good reviews and a solid reputation for quality.

What kind of charcoal do you recommend when grilling lobster tails?

I prefer lump charcoal for grilling lobster tails because it burns hotter and cleaner than briquettes. It imparts a wonderful smoky flavor without any chemical taste. Brands like Cowboy CharcoalRoyal Oak or Kamado Joe are excellent choices for high-quality lump charcoal.

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