Air Fryer Lobster Tail With Lemon Garlic Butter is an effortless, elegant meal that can be made in less than 10 minutes. This recipe will quickly become your favorite way to make lobster tails! 

Pair with my Copycat Red Lobster Gluten-Free Cheddar Biscuits, Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts for a full-on meal! Or, use this air-fried lobster to make my Creamy Lobster Pasta!

Air Fryer Lobster With Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

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I absolutely love making food in the air fryer! It is quick, easy, and always comes out delicious!! I usually prepare my lobster tails by grilling them, but lately, it’s been too hot to sit in the sun and grill. Instead, I decided to fulfill my lobster craving by making a few lobster tails in the air fryer. 

I bet you’re wondering: Are Lobster Tails Good In The Air Fryer?

YES, they are! Making lobster tail in the air fryer is a great way to make juicy, flavorful lobster without the hassle of getting the grill or oven ready! The texture is perfect and the lobster is fully cooked in under 10 minutes. It is perfect for an impressive meal for family or guests! 

Air Fryer Lobster With Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Lobster Tail Recipe:

  • It Requires 8 Simple Ingredients 
  • Easy Prep & Clean Up
  • Takes Less Than 10 Minutes To Cook
  • Makes Juicy, Tender Lobster

What You’ll Need To Make This Air Fryer Lobster Tail with Lemon Garlic Butter

Lobster Tail: I used 2 6oz Lobster Tails

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Fresh Garlic, minced
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper
Fresh Lobster Tails From Butcher Box
Lobster Tails From Butcher Box

How To Cook Lobster Tails In The Air Fryer

  1. Butterfly The Lobster Tails. Start by cutting the top hard shell of the lobster tail lengthwise through the center with kitchen shears. Do not cut all the way through the bottom of the shell. Spread the shells apart. Using your fingers, gently pull the meat from the inside of the shell and place it on top. Be sure to remove any veins and visible dirt. 
  2. Prepare The Garlic Butter Mixture. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, then add the garlic, seasonings, lemon juice, and fresh parsley. Pour half of the mixture into a small dish and set aside for later. 
  3. Cook The Lobster. Season the lobster with salt and pepper to taste. (You can also season with a bit of smoked paprika and oregano — about 1/4 tsp each). Then, coat BOTH SIDES of the lobster with the lemon garlic butter sauce. Then place the lobster in the air fryer. Cook at 380°F for 4 minutes. Then, baste the lobster meat with more garlic butter sauce and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. The lobster will be white, golden, and tender when done. 
  4. Serve. Serve the lobster with fresh lemon wedges and a side of the reserved lemon garlic butter sauce.
how to cook lobster tail in the air fryer

Tips To Make Your Lobster Perfectly

  • Do Not cut all the way through the bottom of the lobster shell
  • Clean and devein the lobster before cooking. 
  • If using frozen lobster, make sure to thaw them first before cooking. 
  • Cook time varies depending on the size of the lobster. Generally, 6-8 minutes works for most 4-6oz lobster tails. The meat should be white and tender, and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read at least 140°F when done. 
  • OVEN BROIL OPTION: If you do not have an air fryer, you can make your lobster tail in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to broil. Then, place the lobster on a baking sheet and cook for 5-10 minutes, basting halfway through.
Lobster tail in the air fryer
Lobster Tail Made In The Air Fryer. Ready To Enjoy!

Common Questions: 

How Do You Cook Lobster Tails So They Are Tender?

With any fish, to yield the best results, you want to make sure not to overcook it. When making a typical 4-6 oz lobster tail in the air fryer, it is important to cook for 6-8 minutes and make sure to baste halfway through (the lobster is fully cooked when the lobster meat is opaque/white). This will ensure the lobster is cooked to perfection. It will be juicy, tender, and incredibly flavorful. 

How Can You Tell When Lobster Tails Are Done?

Lobster tail is done when the meat is no longer bright red/pink and instead is opaque (white) and tender. A thermometer inserted into the thickest part of lobster meat should read 140-145°F when it is fully cooked. 

How To Cook Lobster Tails In the Oven?

If you do not have an air fryer, you can make your lobster tail in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to broil. Then, place the lobster on a baking sheet and cook for 5-10 minutes, basting halfway through. Check out my Broiled Lobster Recipe for more details!

How To Reheat Lobster Tail In the Air fryer? (Rewarming Leftover Lobster Tail)

The best way to reheat lobster tail is in the air fryer. (I do not recommend microwaving it). Wrap the lobster tail in foil, place it in the air fryer at 380°F, and rewarm for 2-4 minutes. 

Where Do I Get My Lobster Tail?

I purchase my lobster tail from Butcher Box. They provide high-quality humanely raised meat that is delivered straight to your door. Check them out via the link below and receive their monthly promotion with your purchase: GOODFOODBADDIE BUTCHER BOX DEAL. 

Juicy Garlic Butter Lobster Tails with lemon wedges.

How To Serve Lobster Tails?

Serve with fresh lemon wedges and garlic butter sauce for dipping. You can even whip up my Copycat Gluten-Free Red Lobster Biscuits (and some Maryland Crab Cakes or Hot Crab Dip while you’re at it!), which pair perfectly with the lobster! OR, you can take it a step further and use this garlic butter lobster to make creamy lobster pasta! Here are a few great side dishes that pair perfectly with the lobster:

How Long Can You Keep Cooked Lobster In The Fridge? (Storing Leftover Cooked Lobster Tail)

Store any cooked lobster in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. When ready to enjoy, rewarm the lobster in the air fryer or oven. 

Lobster tail made in the air fryer

I hope you enjoy this Lobster Tail with Lemon Garlic Butter Recipe!

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Air Fryer Lobster Tail with Lemon Garlic Butter

Air Fryer Lobster Tail With Lemon Garlic Butter is an effortless, elegant meal that can be made in less than 10 minutes. This recipe will quickly become your favorite way to make lobster tails!
4.93 from 108 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 4-6oz Lobster Tails

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt, plus more as to taste

Instructions

  • Butterfly The Lobster Tails. Start by cutting the top hard shell of the lobster tail lengthwise through the center with kitchen shears. Do not cut all the way through the bottom of the shell. Spread the shells apart. Using your fingers, gently pull the meat from the inside of the shell and place it on top. Be sure to remove any veins and visible dirt.
  • Prepare the Garlic Butter Mixture. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, then add the garlic, seasonings, lemon juice, and fresh parsley. Pour half of the mixture into a small dish and set aside for later.
  • Cook The Lobster. Season the lobster with salt and pepper to taste. Then, Coat BOTH SIDES of the lobster with the lemon garlic butter sauce. Then place the lobster in the air fryer. Cook at 380°F for 4 minutes. Then, baste the lobster meat with more garlic butter sauce and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. The lobster will be white, golden, and tender when done.
  • Serve: Serve the lobster with fresh lemon wedges and a side of the reserved lemon garlic butter sauce

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Notes

Tips
  • Do Not Cut all the way through the bottom of the lobster shell.
  • Clean and devein the lobster before cooking. 
  • If using frozen lobster, make sure to thaw them first before cooking. 
  • Cook time varies depending on the size of the lobster. Generally, 6-8 minutes works for most 4-6oz lobster tails. The meat should be white, tender, and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read at least 140*F when done. 
  • If you do not have an air fryer, you can make your lobster tail in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to broil. Then, place the lobster on a baking sheet and cook for 5-10 minutes, basting halfway through. 

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal
estimated nutrition facts for air fryer lobster with lemon garlic butter sauce. 242 calories. total fat 12.6. cholesterol 131mg. sodium 615mg. total carbohydrate 3.9g. protein 28.6g

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63 Comments

    1. This is my second time making this recipe! Omg…the easiest and it’s delicious! I have a bit of sauce left over that I’m going to use with shrimp tomorrow…can’t wait! Thank you 😊

      1. Hi TJ! I love love love to hear it! I am happy you enjoy the recipe! Using the sauce to make shrimp is such a great idea! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this! Nice short list of ingredients and love that those lobster tails cook in such a short amount of time. Air fryers are the best! And that lemon garlic butter sauce…might need to double that part!

    1. Hi! I agree, air fryers are the best! Especially when making lobster. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Also, the garlic butter sauce is the best! You can’t go wrong with making extra 😉

  2. 5 stars
    OH GOODNESS, favorite food in the air fryer? Yes please!! Thanks for this fabulous recipe, I can’t wait to make it again and again!

  3. 5 stars
    Effortless, indeed! Your timing suggestions were spot on and the lemon garlic butter sauce was absolutely delicious! My husband and I are looking forward to making this again very soon!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved your tips on Air Frying the lobster. I have always been afraid to try with such an expensive food, but it turned out great and was so much easier than I thought.

    1. Yes, I completely understand your hesitation, especially when preparing expensive food such as lobster. I think that is why I love this recipe so much! It is totally fool-proof so you don’t mess up that expensive food you just purchased! Thanks for leaving a comment! I am glad it turned out great and you enjoyed it 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been making everything in my air fryer lately, and of all the things I’ve tried, these lobster tails have been my favorite! So quick and easy with the perfect results — I am still amazed at how they turned out! So good!

    1. I am with you! I’ve been making everything the air fryer lately as well! It is just so quick and easy, and the flavor is unmatched! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Whew! This was such a treat to make AND to eat. We will be doing lobster tails for dinner once a month, now, thanks to your simple recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good!! I made this for my husband and he loved it! He’s already asking me to make it again

  8. 5 stars
    Just tried this tonight – first time cooking lobster! Loved how it tasted, but even more how easy it was to make. I guesstimated the salt (because I tasted the butter and I couldn’t taste the salt) so it was slightly more salty; definitely better to stick to the recipe.

    Paired it with Trader Joe’s Mango Jicama salad which added the perfect amount of freshness to this during the summer.

    Butterflying the lobster definitely wasn’t easy. So I suggest pushing the meat from underside of the lobster which should help with taking out the meat from the cut topside.

    1. Hi Trisha, I am happy you enjoyed the recipe and your first time making lobster was a success! I haven’t tried the Trader Joe’s Mango Jicama salad, but it sounds delish. I will have to check it out. Thanks for leaving a review!

  9. 5 stars
    Capri!!! THIS is the the PERFECT lobster recipe! I mean, we had lobster tails Wednesday, found your quick and easy air fryer recipe and ther were PERFECT! So much so, my Guy wanted me to do this again. Sure. And perfect again. I told my butcher guy, my daughter… Man oh man! I didn’t need a dissertation on air fryer lobster, YOU MADE THAT HAPPEN. 24 seconds was all I needed and were in lobster heaven. Not chewy, overcooked, none of that! Just tender and flavorful. Thank you for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you thank you!!!! I love lobster and now that I have found your perfect delicious recipe I can do in the air fryer I will have my tail more often whenever my husband has his salmon or other fishes… Keep these recipes coming…

  11. 5 stars
    This is the best lobster recipe!!! The flavor was incredible! And the directions were so clear and easy to follow. I’ll definitely be making this again and again!

  12. 5 stars
    How have I never thought to make lobster in the air fryer? I was so excited to try this, I made it right away. And it was the most luxurious Tuesday dinner ever! Thanks for sharing

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