Grilled Lobster with Smoky Garlic Mojo

Recipe from Season 5, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 4


  • 1/3cup good olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2/3cup chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 1/2teaspoon fresh black pepper (I like it coarsely ground), plus more for seasoning the fish
  • 1(or more)canned chipotle chiles en adobo, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 5- to 6-ounce lobster tails (if frozen, defrost them in the refrigerator overnight)
  • 1/2cup chopped cilantro
  • 1large lime, cut into wedges


Light a gas grill, setting the temperature at medium-high; or light a charcoal fire, letting the coals burn until they're covered with white ash but still very hot.

While the grill is heating, prepare the mojo. In a small skillet or saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, lightly browned and very aromatic, about 2 minutes. Pour the garlic and oil into a food processor or blender jar, add the broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Blend until smooth, then pour about a quarter of the mixture into a small bowl; pour the remaining mixture back into the skillet or saucepan and stir in the chipotle chile; keep warm over very low heat.

With a large, heavy knife, cut the lobster tails in half lengthwise. Using the smaller amount of garlic mixture, brush a generous amount over the flesh-side of each lobster tail half. Sprinkle with salt. Lay flesh-side down on the hot grill. After about 2 minutes, when the lobster has browned a little and can be easily dislodged from the grill, flip them over and cook shell-side down until the meat is done, usually 3 to 4 minutes longer. (Run the tip of a knife between meat and shell; when the meat is cooked, it will dislodge quite easily.)

Transfer the lobster to dinner plates, spoon the warm mojo over the top and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Garnish each plate with a lime wedge.


  1. Exalant, love your show my wife and watch as much as we can, and I’m a big fan of anything lobster. on all your recipes thank you Tom and Pam Barski. Maple Shade Nj

  2. Had my eye on this recipe for years due to how seemingly simple yet tasty it looked the first time I saw it on TV a long time ago. Finally tried it tonight, it actually exceeded my expectations. As per the usual, any recipe I try from Rick Bayless always turns out awesome!

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