Learn how to grill a whole live lobster
Grilling Lobster is not as hard as you think and it tastes great. There's nothing better then grilled lobster on a warm summer day. This summer time classic is sure to be a hit. Learn step-by-step how to grill a lobster.
- Chipotle Lime Oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chilies (adobo)
- 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Green Ginger Onion Butter
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger, packed
- 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine or sake
- 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions
- 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 1 1/2- to 2-pound live lobsters
- Olive oil
- For Chipotle Lime Oil: Cook oil and garlic in heavy small sauce-pan over medium-low heat until garlic begins to brown, about 8 minutes. Carefully mix in next 4 ingredients. Stir until salt dissolves. Remove from heat. Mix in cilantro. Cover and refrigerate. Makes 2/3 cup chipotle lime oil; can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead.
- For Ginger Green Onion Butter:Cook peanut oil and ginger in small saucepan over medium-low heat 2 minutes. Carefully add wine; simmer until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Add green onions and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate. Makes about 1/2 cup. Can be made 2 hours ahead.
- For lobster: Drop 1 lobster, head first, into large pot of boiling water. Cover; cook 3 minutes (lobster will not be fully cooked).
- Using tongs, transfer lobster to baking sheet.
- Return water to boil.
- Repeat with second lobster.
- Transfer 1 lobster, shell side down, to work surface. Place tip of large knife into center of lobster. Cut lobster lengthwise in half from center to end of head (knife may not cut through shell), then cut in half from center to end of tail. Use poultry shears to cut through shell. Repeat with second lobster.
- Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).
- Keeping lobster halves meat side up, brush shells with olive oil. Place halves, meat side up, on barbecue.
- Brush meat with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place pans with sauces at edge of barbecue to rewarm.
- Cover barbecue; grill lobsters until just opaque in thickest portion of tail, 7 to 9 minutes.
- Serve, passing warm sauces separately.
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Boiling a Lobster - Boiling a lobster is one of the easiest ways to cook a lobster. Learn how here.
Butterflying Lobster Tail - Learn how to cook a lobster tail just like they do in the restaurants.
Baking Lobster Tails - Here's an easy way to make lobster tails.
Steaming a Lobster - Learn how to steam a whole lobster.