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Lobster is one of life's true luxuries, so much so that's it's hard to image doing much to it in order to preserve it's sweet, pristine flavor. However, you don't always have to get stuck in the same "lobster and butter" loop once you learn to utilize the magic that is "compound butter".


Compound butters allow to add additional flavor and depth to dishes in a way that allow you to preserve their natural flavors. Everyone knows that when you make lobster, you serve it with butter, however, if you kick that butter up to the next level with some herbs and spices, you're going to get a whole new, utterly delicious dish. You can also customize your compound butters using whatever flavors you want to add. We'd highly recommend trying out different combinations of flavors to truly make it your own. Compound butters are also great for steak, chicken, or grilled vegetables.


Grilled Lobster with Spicy Harissa Butter

serves 4



  • 4 whole lobsters, or lobster tails, cut in half
  • 1 stick of butter, softened,
  • 1-2 tablespoons of harissa (depending on desired spice level)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Zest of half a lime
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place softened butter, harissa, paprika, lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro in a mixing bowl and whip to combine. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Drizzle and coat your lobsters in olive oil and place on a grill over medium-high heat. Cook approximately 3-4 mintues per side or until lobster is about 90% cooked through.
  3. Just before the lobster is finished, spoon over the harissa butter and allow to melt and carmalize. 
  4. Remove the lobsters from the grill and serve with additional harissa butter.
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