Steamed or Grilled Lobster?
I'm planning a lobster bake this weekend. I have never eaten grilled lobster, but folks say this is the way to go. Are grilled lobsters better? And, if so, how does one go about grilling the lobster? Does one kill it first? If so, how? Thanks.
The best way is to kill them first or you will have very unhappy lobsters trying to run away from your grill. The easiest and fastest way to kill them is to stick a very sharp knife between the eyes- kills them instantly. You may then place them on the grill for approximately 15-20 minutes.
You've never tasted lobster until you've tasted grilled lobster
If you are going to grill them you will need to kill them first otherwise you may have lobsters trying their best to crawl off of that grill. You have a few options. First you could plunge them head first into boiling water for a few minutes then drain and split and grill. You can take a very sharp knife and plunge it into the lobster's head just behind the eyes to kill it. Another option is just split in half with a cleaver starting at the head end.
I have occasionally ask the store to steam them for 5 minutes for me and then finish how I want to cook them when I get them home. Most places have the capability to do that for you.
I'm in Florida, so we do Florida lobster ( crayfish ) - just the tail has meat.
I heat up the grill, put a sheet of aluminum foil down ( spray with pam if you want) and cook on high ( gas grill) for the same length of time as you would boil/steam the tail
The shell gets a little charred, but I like lobster better this way.
I've use one of the flip over fish grillers, but it works just as well on the foil.
Add some aromatic wood chips if you want.