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Grilled Lobster Tails with a Ruby Red Grapefruit And Tarragon Vinaigrette

Grilled Lobster Tails with a Ruby Red Grapefruit And Tarragon Vinaigrette

Go for it! Whether you are going for a surf and turf theme or all seafood this simple appetizer will really kick off your next cookout.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 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
  • 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, preheat the grill to 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. Turn the lobsters over and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until just cooked through.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing 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 up to a few hours in advance.)

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

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