Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster

Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster Recipe

Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster hitting the grill over some hot coals. I’ve partnered with my good friends at Cowboy Charcoal to throw down some whole lobster today. I split the lobster, seasoned them with Smoked Chipotle Mezcal, melted together a garlic butter and topped the lobster with that and some fancy cheese! Yes, cheese. Haters gonna hate but no one in this family ever complains about some cheese on seafood! Give it a try!


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Lobster Prep


Let’s jump right into this recipe by talking about the lobster. I picked up three whole lobsters and sliced them each in half, lengthwise. Now, if you want to recreate this recipe like I did, then be prepared to clean out the inside of the lobster. This is the price you have to pay for the freshest lobster. It’s not hard, but it probably won’t be your favorite part of this cook. Keep pressing forward champion, it’ll be worth it in the end!


Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster layer out on the grill.


For more recipes like this one, check out Lobster Skewers with Bang Bang SauceSmoked Lobster Tails with Spicy Garlic Butter and Stuffed Cajun Lobster Mac & Cheese.



After the lobsters are sliced and cleaned, we’ll move onto the more fun parts of this recipe. One of those fun parts being the seasoning. I brushed a bit of oil across the lobster meat and then gave a generous sprinkle of my Smoked Chipotle Mezcal seasoning. This is one of my newer rubs and I’ve been really enjoying how this seasoning came together. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of chipotle, but the way the smokiness and citrus flavors from the mezcal come together with the chipotle is so delicious! 


Season up each of the lobsters and then head outside to the grill


A Griller’s BFF… Charcoal.


If you’ve ever cooked with fire, you understand the importance of a consistent heat source. Whenever I’m cooking over fire, I know the success of my meal depends on what is fueling that flame. Don’t get me wrong, I love using crazy cooking techniques and experimenting with flavor, but the food will have no chance to come to life if it’s not cooked properly. 


That’s where Cowboy Charcoal comes in. Cooking with charcoal is one of the easiest ways to ensure a hot, consistent heat source while still providing that fire flavor. It’s so nice to be able to light a chimney full of charcoal and have coals that are ready for cooking in minutes. It’s also easy to change the temperature using charcoal by simply adding or removing coals from the grill. Controlling the fire for my style of cooking is always a dance, and charcoal is one of my favorite tools to make that dance a bit easier.
To know your coals are ready for grilling, light them using a chimney starter. Once the top layer is just starting to ash over, you’re ready to lay them in the grill. 


Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster flipped and covered in butter.


For more Cowboy Charcoal recipes, check out my Poor Man’s Burnt EndsGrilled Scallops in the Shell and Achiote Lime Brick Pressed Chicken.


Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster with cheese and chopped parsley.


Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster


Now that we’ve got our hot coals spread across the bottom of our grill, let’s make the garlic butter sauce. First, add the minced shallot and garlic to a preheated cast iron skillet. Sautée these two ingredients until they become fragrant. Then, add the white wine and stir it for a minute or so. This allows it to be reduced a bit. Now, add the butter and hot sauce. After the butter has melted you can add the tarragon. Give it all a good stir, allowing the flavors to combine and then pull it from the grill. Set it to the side for now, but keep it close because we’ll need it again very soon. 


Up next is the lobster. I added each slice of lobster to the grill, meat side down first. Let them cook here for 2-3(ish) minutes. As the meat becomes less translucent, flip the lobsters over. Now let’s add a spoonful of that garlic butter to each lobster and then top it with some Gruyere cheese! Fancy cheese for fancy lobster, yum!


At this point, I closed the lid to my grill so that it would help the cheese to melt. I left the lobsters here until they finished cooking. When they’re finished, pull them from the grill and set them on a serving dish! I garnished with some chopped parsley and placed a couple charred lemons on the plate for that extra flare. Best enjoyed with friends and family. Cheers!


Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster plated and ready to eat.


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Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
  • 3 Lobsters split in half & cleaned
  • 1.5 tbsp Smoked Chipotle Mezcal Seasoning
  • 1 cup Gruyere Cheese grated
  • Lemons Sliced for garnish
  • Parsley Chopped for garnish
Garlic Butter Sauce:
  • 1.5 tbsp White Wine
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Shallots Minced
  • 1 stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • ½ tsp Tarragon Chopped
  1. Lather your split & clean lobster halves with canola oil and then thoroughly seasoning with Chipotle Mezcal seasoning (or your favorite seafood seasoning). Set in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
  2. Preheat your Cowboy Charcoal for direct grilling at a medium temperature (about 350F).
  3. Add a cast iron skillet over the coals to preheat for 1 minute. Add your shallots and garlic and let simmer with a little oil until browns (about 2-3 minutes). Deglaze the skillet with the white wine and let simmer for 1 minute. Next, add the butter and hot sauce and let it melt. Once everything is melted and simmering, add your chopped tarragon. Let simmer for 1 more minute then pull off and let cool.
  4. Pull out your lobster tails, and add them to the grill to cook for 2-3 minutes flesh side down. Flip the lobster tails over and begin adding a spoonful of the Garlic Butter sauce on each lobster tail. Top each tail with the grated gruyere cheese and cover the lobster tails with a lid or cover to let the cheese caramelize (about 2-3 minutes). Once the lobster tails are done and the cheese is melted, pull off and let cool.
  5. Garnish the lobster with parsley and lemons. Serve & enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster
Amount Per Serving (0.5 Lobster)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 359mg16%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 224IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 281mg28%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

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