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Air Fryer Lobster Tails

Air Fryer Lobster Tails

Air Fryer Lobster Tails are a new favorite in my house! I never knew it could be SO SIMPLE! I always thought of Lobster as such a fancy dish - I just never realized it was simple! A little snip snip - then a little butter and garlic - air fry and done! Plus - it's on the table in under 10 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American, seafood
Servings 2 people
Calories 311 kcal



  • If frozen, seal lobster tails in ziploc bag (squeeze out air) and place bag in cold water for about 30 minutes. 
  • Butterfly lobster tails by cutting through the shell to the tail (but not through the tail. Pop open parts of the shell to expose the lobster meat. You may have to break off parts of the shell to open it up a bit.
  • Prepare butter mixture by placing 2 tbsp butter, salt and garlic in a glass bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds until melted. Stir.
  • Place lobster tails in Air Fryer, open side up and baste with melted garlic butter
  • Cook at 360 degrees for 3 minutes
  • Open air fryer and baste again, cook for an additional 3 minutes
  • If tails are larger than 3-4 oz, you will want to add 2-3 minutes for every few ounces
  • While tails are air frying, melt 2 tbsp butter in glass - for 45 seconds in microwave. For “drawn” butter - pour out “clear” portion of butter into dipping bowl and stop before the cream comes out. Or you can spoon the cream off the top. 
  • Remove tails from air fryer, pull open shell with fingers and pull out lobster meat. It's basically only "attached" at the base of the tail - slip your fingers underneath and it pulls out easily 
  • Serve with drawn butter and lemon wedges


Can you cook the lobster tails from frozen?
I would not recommend it. You need to cut open the shell so the meat is easy to access and that is much easier to do when thawed.
How can you quickly thaw a lobster tail?
Put your lobster tail(s) in a ziploc bag. Then place the bag in a bowl of cold water. They’ll be thawed in about 30 minutes!
When are lobster tails done?
Similar to shrimp, the flesh should turn from clear to white. The shells will be bright orange as well! It’s so cool to see the change in just a few minutes.


Serving: 1tailCalories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 1.4gProtein: 22.1gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14.8gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 1878mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 125mgIron: 9mg
Keyword air fryer, lobster, seafood
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