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Simple Grilled Whole Lobster

Simple Grilled Whole Lobster
Simple Grilled Whole Lobster
Matt O’Hara

Today’s recipe is Simple Grilled Whole Lobster. If you’ve ever been nervous about grilling lobster (raising my hand), this is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever come across. The lobster is parboiled in boiling water for about five minutes. It is then sliced into halves and the tomalley is cleaned out. The lobster is brushed with lemon butter and grilled to perfection. Add your favorite grilled vegetables and a fabulous white wine for a wonderful meal. Healthy and joyous eating!

Simple Grilled Whole Lobster (Recipe courtesy Ben Conniff)


  • 1 whole lobster
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground pepper (grinding it fresh onto the lobster will make a huge difference)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)


Parboil the lobster so you don't end up with a nicely grilled outside and raw inside. Drop the lobster in a pot of boiling water, remove after five minutes and shock in an ice bath to stop it from cooking any further.

Slice the lobster lengthwise all the way through into two halves. Clean out the tomalley (green material) from the body.

With the same knife, cut small slits in the claws to vent while cooking. Brush the exposed meat with a mixture of melted butter, lemon juice, a little salt and freshly ground pepper, and if you want, some minced garlic.

Clean and lightly oil the grill and get your coals at medium heat. Lay the lobster flesh side down and cook for about five minutes. Then turn it over, brush on more lemon butter, and cook shell side down for another five minutes. When finished the meat should be firm and opaque all the way through. Serve with more lemon butter on the side. Servings = one.

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