Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilled Lobster Tails with a Ruby Red Grapefruit and Tarragon Vinaigrette

Total Time: 19 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 9 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy


  • • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
  • • 4 lobster tails
  • • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • • 1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves


Place the pink grapefruit juice in a small saute pan, and set over medium-high heat. Reduce the juice by 2/3 until you have about 4 tablespoons left, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, and reserve until ready to use.

To prepare the dish, set the grill on medium-high. Skewer each lobster tail, then brush with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on the cut sides and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the Essence. Place the tails, cut side down on the grill, and cook for 3 minutes, rotate 45 degrees, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Turn the lobsters over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until just cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, add the shallots and mustard, and use a small whisk to incorporate. Slowly drizzle in the reduced pink grapefruit juice and the Champagne vinegar. While continuing to whisk, add the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil in a thin, steady stream and lightly season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper. Add the chopped tarragon and whisk to combine. The vinaigrette can be made a few hours in advance.

Serve lobsters as soon as they are grilled, drizzled with the vinaigrette.

For Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning please click here.
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