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Air Fryer Lobster Tail Recipe

buttery lobster tails on a plate

Butter-Garlic Air Fryer Lobster Tail


Elevate your dining experience with a Butter-Garlic Air Fryer Lobster Tail, transforming the luxurious lobster tail into a succulent, flavorful masterpiece with minimal effort. This recipe ensures the lobster tail is perfectly cooked, tender, and packed with a rich buttery garlic flavor, all achieved in the air fryer for a quick and elegant meal.

Ideal for special occasions or a gourmet weeknight dinner, this air fryer lobster tail promises restaurant-quality results right at home.

Ingredients List - Air Fryer Lobster Tail Recipe

  • 2 lobster tails (4-6 ounces each)

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the Lobster Tails: Using kitchen shears, cut down the center of the lobster tail shells to expose the meat. Gently loosen the meat from the shell, lifting it slightly to sit on top of the shell.

  2. Season: In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Brush this mixture generously over the lobster meat.

  3. Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (193°C) for about 3 minutes.

  4. Cook: Place the lobster tails in the air fryer basket, meat side up. Cook for 7-10 minutes, or until the lobster meat is opaque and cooked through.

  5. Serve: Garnish the lobster tails with chopped parsley and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

up close lobster tail with lemon wedges

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • Pair the lobster tail with a side of air-fried asparagus or a light salad for a complete, balanced meal.

  • For an extra touch of elegance, sprinkle the cooked lobster tails with a dash of paprika or drizzle with a bit more melted butter before serving.

  • Be careful not to overcook the lobster to ensure it remains tender and juicy.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese to the butter mixture for a cheesy crust on the lobster.

  • For a spicy kick, include a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes in the seasoning.

  • Experiment with different herbs, such as thyme or dill, in the butter mixture to suit your taste preferences.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Butter-Garlic Air Fryer Lobster Tail offers a luxurious, flavorful seafood dish that's simple to prepare, making it perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself.

  • Utilizing the air fryer allows for a healthier cooking method, using less butter while still achieving a rich flavor.

  • A single lobster tail prepared this way is approximately 200-250 calories, depending on the size and additional butter used for serving.


The Butter-Garlic Air Fryer Lobster Tail recipe is a celebration of simplicity and flavor, showcasing how easy it is to prepare a gourmet seafood dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

With just a few ingredients and the convenience of an air fryer, you can enjoy a succulent, restaurant-quality lobster tail that's sure to impress at any dining occasion.



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