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Air Fried Lobster Tail Recipe

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This Lobster Tail Recipe is easy and delicious and quickly made in your Air Fryer. It’s also coated with a  delicious garlic buttery sauce and air fried to perfection.

lobster tail on plate

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When I first became obsessed with my Air Fryer a few years ago, a friend of mine mentioned that I should try lobster tails in it. I was intrigued yet cautious. Lobster tails aren’t cheap and I wasn’t sure if it would work. 

Traditionally, I was taught to boil lobster tails in water. The same with crab legs. But I gave it a try and I’m hooked. Now any time I can find lobster tails on sale, I grab a few and we eat them for dinner. 

close up photo of lobster tail in air fryer basket

For this recipe, you will want to do the following:

  • Butterfly your lobster tail
  • Make garlic butter
  • Air Fry your lobster tail with butter on top
  • Have extra butter for dipping if you like

How to cook lobster tail

I use the Air Fryer to cook my lobster tail. You could also use the broil function on your oven if you need to make multiple lobster tails. 

First, create your garlic butter mixture. I combine butter, minced garlic, freshly chopped chives, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice and microwave until melted. You could also use this garlic butter mixture I use in this steak recipe. 

garlic butter melted in a glass jar

Then butterfly your  lobster tails. Cut the top of the shelf, pry it open, slide your finger under the shell to remove the meat, lay it on top of the shell. 

Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to butterfly a lobster tail.

step by step photo collage of how to butterlfy a lobster tail.

Then I place my lobster tails in my Air Fryer and spread some garlic butter over the lobster. Then I close my air fryer and cook for 4 minutes on 380 degrees Fahrenheit. After 4 minutes, I open the air fryer basket and spread some more butter on top and cook for another 3-4 minutes. 

lobster tails in ir fryer basket getting covered in butter

The size of your lobster tails will determine how long you need to cook them for. At a minimum, they will need 6 minutes if they are on the smaller side. The ones as pictured here took me the full 8 minutes to be done. 

A see through Air Fryer, like this Mealthy CrispLid would be perfect for making these lobster tails as you can watch them through the glass lid while they cook. 

I hope you enjoy these lobster tails as much as we do. I’m so thankful to have friends who give great ideas when it comes to Air Fryer cooking. 

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Air Fried Lobster Tails Recipe

This easy and delicious lobster tail recipe is topped with a yummy garlic butter sauce and air fried to perfection. It’s such a quick and easy recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer lobster tails, lobster tail recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 109kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 6oz lobster tails
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Prepare butter mixture by combining butter, garlic, salt, chives and lemon juice.
  • Butterfly lobster tails by cutting through the shell, removing the meat and resting it on top of the shell.
  • Place in Air Fryer basket and spred butter over top of lobster meat. Close Air Fryer basket and cook on 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes.
  • Open Air fryer basket and and spread more butter on top, cook for an additional 2-4 minutes until done.


  • Cook time will depend on the size of your lobster tails. 6-8 minutes total should work for most lobster tails. 
  • You can make as many lobster tails that will fit in your air fryer basket. 
  • For the oven, you will want to preheat your oven to broil and cook lobster tails on baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1169mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 7mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

WOW! 😋 Who would of thought lobster tails in air fryer could taste this amazing!!!

Amanda M Wannagat

Saturday 27th of March 2021

Thank You!!! They came out PERFECT!! Will try more of ur recipes :)


Monday 29th of March 2021

Thank you for letting me know. So glad you liked them :)


Sunday 7th of March 2021

cooking tails this way would never have crossed my mind. So delicious! Thank you!


Sunday 14th of February 2021

Perfect recipe!

Stephanie Palmisano

Sunday 24th of January 2021

followed your recipe exactly and they turned out perfect! Not rubbery and overdone like I usually make! sweet and tender. thank you!