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Best Air Fryer Lobster Tail Recipe

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This air fryer lobster tail recipe is incredibly simple, easy to perfect, and after some testing, my favorite way to cook lobster tails! They turn out perfectly, not rubbery, and cook in less than 10 minutes. I’ll show you exactly how to cook lobster tail in the air fryer, just don’t be surprised if it turns out to be your favorite, too! Serve with a simple side like lemon risotto and haricot verts, add a steak for surf and turf, or use cooked lobster for lobster risotto or lobster grilled cheese.

If you love special dinners at home, be sure to try my cacio e pepe, shrimp linguine, or scallop linguine next time. And be sure to pair with a glass of my favorite Surely NA wine.

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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Air Fryer Lobster Tail

  • Easy to make
  • Perfectly cooked lobster tails
  • 2 minute prep time
  • Just 4-8 minutes cook time
  • Made with just 4 basic ingredients
  • Enjoy it as-is or use in a recipe

Ingredients

  • Lobster tails – Look for high quality cold water lobster tails. Fresh or frozen are fine, just make sure to thaw them before you cook them.
  • Butter – Just a tablespoon of butter gives the lemon butter lobster tail classic, luscious flavor.
  • Old Bay Seasoning – We’re using just a bit for subtle flavor.
  • Lemon – Use fresh lemon juice for best flavor.
Ingredients to make lobster tail recipe

How to Cook Lobster Tail in Air Fryer

This is an overview of how to cook lobster tail in the air fryer; the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Preheat air fryer. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
Butterfly lobster tails. Use kitchen scissors to cut through the top of the shell and top of meat, being careful to not cut through the bottoms of the shells.
GIF showing how to cut lobster tails
Prep lobster tails. Pull shell away from meat and lift lobster meat away from shell and place on top of the shells.
Hand pulling lobster meat out of shell
Season lobster tails. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, old bay seasoning, and lemon juice. Brush or spoon butter mixture onto lobster meat.
Lobster tails brushed with butter mixture
Air fry lobster tails. Place tails in air fryer basket lined with foil and air fry until cooked through and opaque.
Lobster tails in air fryer
Serve lobster. Serve air fried lobster tails with lemon wedges, a fresh parsley garnish if desired, and sides.
Lobster tails on a plate with lemon wedges and ggreen beans

FAQs

How to thaw lobster tails

Defrost lobster tails overnight in the refrigerator or submerged in cold water until thawed.

What temperature should you cook lobster tails in the air fryer?

These air fry lobster tails are cooked at 380 degrees F.

How long to cook lobster tail in air fryer?

Lobster tails in air fryer cooking time will vary depending on the size of the lobster tail. Tails that are 4 or 5-ounces will take about 4-6 minutes; 8-ounce tails will take about 6-8 minutes.

Can you cook frozen lobster tail in air fryer?

Lobster tails should be thawed before cooking so the protein doesn’t turn tough.

How do you know when lobster tail is cooked?

The air fryer lobster should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. The lobster meat will be opaque throughout.

Why is my lobster rubbery?

Lobster gets rubbery when it’s overcooked. So be careful to not OVER cook it. Start checking at the lower end of the cooking time.

Storage Instructions

Lobster is best fresh, so I would recommend only making the number of lobster tails that you’ll need. If you do have leftovers, store lobster meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

How to reheat

Reheat lobster in a hot pan or the air fryer, just until warmed through so it doesn’t get rubbery.

Can you freeze cooked lobster?

Yes, you can freeze lobster. Let it cool completely, before storing it in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Reheat in a 350 degrees F oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Lobster tails with lemon wedges

What to Serve with Air Fryer Lobster Tails

These lobster tails in the air fryer just need a simple side, let’s let the lobster shine!

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Best Air Fryer Lobster Tail Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Description

Learn how to cook lobster tail in air fryer! This easy method results in perfectly cooked and seasoned air fried lobster tails every time. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 4.5oz. lobster tails
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice


Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F. 
  2. Rinse lobster tails and pat dry with paper towel. Clean them if necessary.
  3. Cut through the top of the shell, keeping bottom shell in tact.
  4. Gently pull the shell away from the meat (it’s ok if they break a bit) and lightly pull lobster meat away from the shell. Place shell back together and set lobster meat on top of shell.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon juice. 
  6. Brush lobster with butter mixture and air fry lobster tails at 380 degrees F for 5-7 minutes for 4-5 oz. tails, or 6-8 minutes for larger 8 oz. tails, until lobster is cooked through and opaque.


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Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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  1. Meg

    I was also a bit skeptical about putting lobster in the air fryer, but not any more! This was delicious and the lobster was tender.

    • Emily

      Gary, thanks for letting me know it was missing from recipe card, I’ll add it! It is brushed onto the lobster tails before air frying.

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