Lobster Tails with Lemon Garlic Butter

Cooking lobster doesn’t get easier than this, and yet who would have thought you could cook lobster in the air fryer!

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The hardest part of this recipe is cutting the lobster shell and pulling the meat out to rest on top of the shell, but be patient and this will be easy once you get the hang of it. Once you’ve conquered that prep step, the rest is a breeze.

The genius trick to this recipe is adding liquid to the bottom of the air fryer drawer (below the basket). By doing this and pre-heating for 5 minutes, you’ll create a moist environment to cook the lobster and that helps to keep the lobster from drying out. Don’t worry if you don’t want to use wine – try using chicken stock, orange juice, apple juice or even just water with the lemon slices.

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Lobster Tails with Lemon Garlic Butter

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 20 m
  • Servings:


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 6-ounce lobster tails
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • vegetable oil


  1. Start by making the butter. Combine the butter, lemon zest and garlic in a small saucepan. Melt and simmer the butter on the stovetop over the lowest possible heat while you prepare the lobster tails.
  2. Prepare the lobster tails by cutting down the middle of the top of the shell. Crack the bottom shell by squeezing the sides of the lobster together so that you can access the lobster meat inside. Pull the lobster tail up out of the shell, but leave it attached at the base of the tail. Lay the lobster meat on top of the shell and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour a little of the lemon garlic butter on top of the lobster meat and transfer the lobster to the refrigerator so that the butter solidifies a little.
  3. Pour the white wine into the air fryer drawer and add the lemon slices. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the lobster tails to the air fryer basket. Air-fry at 370º for 5 minutes, brushing more butter on halfway through cooking. (Add a minute or two if your lobster tail is more than 6-ounces.) Remove and serve with more butter for dipping or drizzling.
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Comments (6)Post a Reply

  1. 5 stars
    Hello Meredith,
    I tried this lobster recipe, it is great and quick in the airfryer. Tails came out succulent! Thank you for your website. I’m not on Facebook, but I watch your cooking videos after clicking the link on this website or from my email. Thanks for that. So happy I’m not left out! I was introduced to you from QVC and I love you and find you are a wonderful chef and person. My son recently died; so I try to keep my mind busy by reading your website and then learning to convert your recipes to the airfryer and pressure cooker. I made your corned beef too! The best I’ve ever made. God bless you Meredith, and Good Luck with your future endeavors.
    Karen D. from NYC

    1. Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about your son. That is truly very sad. I’m glad you are trying to keep yourself busy, however and hope that cooking does help. ML

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Meredith, thank you for sharing your lobster recipe. I tried it and it turned out to be very good. At first I am a little flimsy at pulling the meat out of the shell. The second one was easier. The taste is great and every one loves it. I followed you since you were at QVC , bought your air fryer, pressure cook, cook book and etc. now I follow you here on Facebook. I tried a couple of your recipes and they all turned out great. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for this recipe. I am trying to use my air fryer more. Eliminating the boiling water is a plus. Question: does this recipe work for the frozen lobster tails sold on QVC? Meredith, miss you on QVC but thankfully I have your website–so enjoy it.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried the Lobster Tails with Lemon Garlic Butter for Valentines Day. It was certainly easy, and well worth the small effort to produce such a lovey five star meal. I prefer plain lemon butter and my spouse likes garlic butter, the combination of both will be my go to from now on, it made the meal. I served it with roasted asparagus and dipped the vegetables in the butter, too. I have tried other recipes but never commented, but all of them were keepers. Thanks Meredith for such a special meal.

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