Lobster Tails With Cilantro Butter


Nothing says “summer” quite like lobster tails, fresh off the grill. At least in the North East, that is. Recreate that salty time of year on the coast—anytime and anywhere—by serving this tasty entrée, which comes together in less than half an hour and requires 10 minutes or less on the grill. Start with four lobster tails (fresh or thawed, if frozen), and a semi-homemade compound butter. You’ll cut the lobster tails in half and grill them, coating them with cilantro butter after you flip them over the flames. Serve alongside fresh corn on the cob, garlic bread, or both.

Lobster Tails With Cilantro Butter
This recipe works with both fresh and frozen lobster. Get the recipe. Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves


  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 4 8-ounce lobster tails, thawed if frozen


  1. Combine the butter, cilantro, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Prepare the grill. Cut each lobster tail in half, through the center membrane, using a sharp chef’s knife. Grill, meat-side down, until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and top with half the cilantro butter, dividing evenly. Grill, uncovered, until opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes more.

  3. Transfer the lobster tails to a bowl and toss with the remaining cilantro butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

355 Calories
19g Fat
1g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 355
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 261mg 87%
Sodium 914mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 43g
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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