Grilled Lobster with Cilantro-Chile Butter
Grilled lobster is a popular dish in Boston, where shellfish from the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction is plentiful.
Yield: serves 2-4
- 4 oz. unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tbsp. minced cilantro
- 4 Fresno or Holland chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
- 1 lime, zested and quartered
- 2 (2-lb.) live lobsters
- 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, stir together butter, cilantro, chiles, and lime zest; set aside. Using a heavy cleaver, split each lobster in half lengthwise through its head and tail. Scoop out and discard the yellow-green innards and cut off the claws. Transfer the lobster halves, shell side down, to a baking sheet; crack the lobster claws and transfer them to the baking sheet. Drizzle lobster halves and claws with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a 12" cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.) Place lobster halves (flesh side down) and claws on grill and cook for 5 minutes. Turn over lobster halves and claws and spread each with some of the cilantro–chile butter; continue cooking until cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Serve with lime wedges.