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Air Fryer Lobster Tails

Juicy lobster tails made in the air fryer! My Air Fryer Lobster Tails are incredibly easy to make, brushed with a succulent garlic butter and simple seasoning, this will become your new favorite method for making lobster!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer lobster tails, lobster tails
Servings: 4
Calories: 253kcal


  • 4 lobster tails 4 oz each
  • 8 tablespoon butter unsalted, 1 stick
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Butterfly Lobster Tails: Cut lengthwise through the center of the top hard shell of the lobster tail with kitchen shears. Cut through, but not all the way to the bottom of the shells; spread the tail halves apart. Place the lobster tail the air fryer basket with meat facing up.
  • Make Butter Mixture: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Stir and cook for another minute. Transfer half of this mixture to a smaller bowl, and brush over the lobster tails.
  • Cook: Cook the lobster tails in the air fryer at 380°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until the lobster meat is opaque. Spoon reserved butter mixture over the lobster meat and serve garnished with parsley and lemon wedges.


  1. Make sure when you're cutting your lobster tails do not cut through the bottom shell! Remember "cut all the way to, not through"
  2. Feel free to add any of your favorite herbs and spices! Make the lobster tails to your liking.
  3. You can use frozen lobster tails, just thaw them first before proceeding with instructions.
  4. I love serving my lobster with fresh lemon, it adds such a nice hit of brightness to the dish!
  5. Don't have an air fryer? You can preheat your oven to broil and cook the lobster tails on baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Store leftover lobster tails sealed in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1lobster tail | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 907IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg