Ceviche Style Grilled Lobster Tail

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  • Grill Time

    <1 hour

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  • Servings

    Serves 2

Two of my favorite seafoods are ceviche and grilled lobster tails. This recipe takes the two, smashes them together and combines them to create a lobster feat like no other. The big secret is in the very simple marinade. The acid from the limes works to “cook” the lobster meat (hence the “ceviche”) while it’s marinating and the grill finish gives that extra boost to tickle your taste buds.

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  1. Split the lobster tails down the back to the tail with a knife, continue through the meat until it hits the bottom of the shell. Apply enough pressure to just crack the bottom “rungs” of the shell without going completely through. Unfold the shell so both halves lay flat and the tail is butterflied.
  2. Pull the meat from the shells and lay it back in. Place the tails flat in a container.
  3. Pour the lime juice over the tails, making sure to get some under the meat in the shells. Add ½ of the minced garlic and sprinkle generously with chopped cilantro.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the tails for a minimum of 30 minutes up to a few hours. The longer they sit, the more the lime will penetrate the lobster meat.
  5. Melt the butter with the rest of the garlic and some of the remaining cilantro.
  6. Place the tails on your grill over a medium hot fire with the meat side up. Cook for 3-5 minutes, basting with the butter mixture halfway through.
  7. Flip the lobster tails over so the meat side is down on the grates. You just want to give enough time to give a slight char. Flip them back over, baste again and cook until they hit an internal temp of 140-145 degrees F.


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