What could be better for a summer BBQ treat than a grilled lobster? The sweet taste of shellfish on the grill is a delicious intense flavour. This recipe combines the lobster with a tasty flavoured butter. If the weather changes your plans these cooking tips will work just a well under the grill indoors.

Ingredients below are for two people sharing a larger lobster.

Ingredients For Grilled Lobster

I Large lobster from walter purkis and sons – halved
125g Of butter
2 tbsp Chopped parsley
2 tsp Chilli flakes
3 Cloves garlic
Lemon zest

Cooking Method For Grilled Lobster

Preheat your  grill or if using a barbecue make sure that the coals are white and hot and banked to one side – so you will have different degrees of heat on the grill.

Take the two halves and separate the claws and arms from the body. Crack the claws. If visible in the head section scoop out and remove the yellow-green soft flesh which is the digestive tract.

Drizzle the lobster halves and claws with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place the claws and lobster halves, flesh side down on hottest part of grill. Then cook until browning starts. This will be about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the lobster portions over and pour on the flavoured butter – use a spoon carefully and avoid BBQ flames. Keep basting until it is cooked through and the lobster meat is tender, which will be about 3 or 5 minutes more.

Serve right away with a few lemon quarters, a simple salad of leaves and some crusty bread

For the flavoured butter:

Before you start make sure your butter is very soft – it will make the mixing very much easier.

Put the butter in a bowl and grate in the garlic. Add in a teaspoonful of the lemon zest along with the chopped parsley, chilli flakes and plenty of salt and pepper. Stir well.

You can vary these ingredients to your personal preference maybe more chilli, lemon or lime juice and try swapping parsley with corriander.

Freshest Lobster Tastes Best

We source our live lobsters from around the UK. Coldwater lobsters from our more northern seas are considered to be the finest quality. NB a large lobster does look impressive but its generally thought that smaller lobsters are more tender.

The fresher the lobster the better it will taste. We can offer our customers the freshest lobsters and in the very best condition. In our Muswell Hill shop we have a “Homarium”. This is a specialist tank that keeps live lobsters in ideal conditions.

You can see in our tank that before cooking the lobster shell is a dark colour, with a blue green hue – it only has the classic red-orange colour when cooked.