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How to Cook Lobster Tail in Air Fryer

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Learn how to cook lobster tail in air fryer! Yes, I know that air fried lobster tails may cause you to pause and say, REALLY? But yes, air fryer lobster tails cook in less than 10 minutes, and they are perfectly cooked every time. (This method is also great for air fryer crab cakes!) Made with just a few simple ingredients, serve lobster tail in air fryer with a simple side dish like lemon risotto, haricot verts, roasted baby potatoes, or sauteed asparagus.

It’s perfect for a special occasion dinner, date night in, or Valentine’s day dinner at home that takes less than 10 minutes total time. And if you want to turn it into a surf and turf meal, add a steak! It’s also a great method to cook the lobster for my lobster grilled cheese. Try my bucatini cacio e pepe pasta, lobster ravioli or bay scallop linguine for some other date night meals next time and pair with a glass of my favorite Surely NA wine.

Plate with air fried lobster tails with sides and lemon

Can You Cook Lobster Tails in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook lobster tails in the air fryer and it’s a great way to cook them! I’ll show you how to make lobster tails in air fryer, how to prep them, and how to season them.

Are Lobster Tails Good In The Air Fryer?

Yes! I know, we were incredibly skeptical too, but then we tried it out and they turned out SO well. I actually did a side-by-side test of lobster tails – one version in the air fryer and one version in foil in the oven.

And the air fried lobster tails won HANDS DOWN.

What You’ll Love About Air Fried Lobster Tails

  • Easy recipe
  • Perfectly cooked lobster tails
  • Cooks in just 4-6 minutes
  • 2 minute prep time
  • Made with just 4 basic ingredients

Lobster Tail in Air Fryer Ingredients

This air fryer lobster is made with just 4 simple 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.
Lobster tails on plate

How to Cook Lobster Tail in Air Fryer

You won’t believe how easy cooking lobster tails in air fryer is! Let me show you how:

  • Preheat air fryer. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Cut 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.
Cutting lobster tails with kitchen shears
  • Prep lobster tails. Pull shell away from meat and lift lobster meat away from shell and place on top of the shells.
Pulling lobster meat away from 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.
Brushing old bay butter on lobster tails
  • Air fry lobster tails. Place tails in air fryer basket lined with foil and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until cooked through.
Lobster tail in air fryer
  • Serve lobster. Serve air fried lobster tails with a lemon wedge, a fresh parsley garnish if desired, and sides.
Plate with air fryer lobster tails asparagus and potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature should you cook lobster tails?

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

How long to cook lobster tail in air fryer?

Air fried lobster tails cooking time will vary depending on the size of the lobster tail. Tails that are 4-5 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 fried lobster tails 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.

Air fryer lobster tails on a plate with lemon asparagus and potatoes

Storage Instructions

Lobster is best fresh, so I would recommend only making the number of lobster tails that you’ll need.

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 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.

Air fryer lobster tails on a plate with sides

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!

More Easy Seafood Recipes

If you love this air fryer lobster tail recipe, you might also like some of these other easy seafood recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Air Fried Lobster Tails

  • Air Fryer – Obviously the most important tool you’ll need for cooking lobster tails in an air fryer. This one is basic, but it does everything you need it to do.
  • Instant Read Meat Thermometer – The best way to ensure you don’t overcook your lobster in air fryer.
  • Kitchen Shears – You’ll need a pair of kitchen shears to cut through the lobster shell.
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Air fryer lobster tails on a plate with lemon asparagus and potatoes

How to Cook Lobster Tail in Air Fryer

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


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


  1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F. 
  2. Rinse lobster tails and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Cut through the top of the shell and meat, keeping bottom shell in tact.
  4. Gently pull shell away from meat and lightly pull lobster meat away from 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 4-6 minutes for 4-5 oz. tails, or 6-8 minutes for larger 8 oz. tails until lobster is cooked through and opaque.


  • Cook lobster to 145 degrees F. 

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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.