Planked Lobster Tails Smothered in Tarragon Butter


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Planked Lobster Tails Smothered in Tarragon Butter

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Planked lobster tails with grilled lemons on wooden slab

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For an easy seafood dinner, buy lobster tails from Hy-Vee and halve them with a knife. Toss on the grill just a few minutes per side to cook perfectly. 

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 4
Lobster Tails
4 (6-to-8-oz. each) lobster tails, halved lengthwise
1 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
½ tsp. Hy-Vee kosher sea salt
1 cedar grilling plank
2 lemons, halved
Tarragon Butter
½ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. shallot, or chives, finely chopped

Things To Grab

  • Silicone pastry brush
  • Small bowl
  • Charcoal or gas grill


  1. Brush lobster tail halves with olive oil and season with salt; let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, Make Tarragon Butter: In a small bowl, combine butter with tarragon leaves, parsley, lemon zest, and shallot or chives. Cover and keep chilled until ready to serve.

  3. Grease the rack of a charcoal or gas grill.
  4. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat on one side and low heat on the other. Place plank directly over medium-high heat and warm for 2 to 3 minutes, turning occasionally, until wood is lightly toasted on both sides. Move plank to the low heat side.
  5. Grill lobster tail halves cut side down on a well-greased grate until grill marks form, about 3 minutes. Turn lobster tail halves over onto plank and cook, lid closed, until the meat is white and firm, about 8 more minutes. Brush cut side of lemon halves with oil and grill over direct medium heat, cut side down, for 1 minute or until marks form. Cut lemon halves into quarters.
  6. Serve lobster tail halves with lemon and Tarragon Butter.

Nutrition facts


490 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 215mg
  • Sodium: 640mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 45g

Daily Values

Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 30%
Iron 15%
Calcium 15%

Recipe Source:

Hy-Vee Seasons Summer 2016.