Can You Put Lobster In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

As air fryers become ever more popular, we’re always on the lookout for new foods to cook. We’ve cooked lots of various types of meat with great success in the air fryer and recently air fried shrimp.

Which led us to the question; Can you put lobster in an air fryer? The answer is yes, you can cook lobster in an air fryer and it takes less than 10 minutes to produce perfect lobster every time.

How To Cook Lobster In An Air Fryer

This recipe will impress your dinner guests and yet is simplicity itself to make. 


  • 2 Lobster Tails
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Using kitchen shears, cut the lobster’s top hard shell through the centre lengthways, stop before you get right to the bottom
  2. Spread the shells apart and gently pull the flesh and spread it over the butterflied shell
  3. Remove any veins or dirt
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the garlic, parsley, paprika and lemon juice
  5. Season the lobster on both sides with salt & pepper
  6. Coat the lobster with ½ of the garlic lemon butter sauce
  7. Place the lobster in the air fryer basket ensuring there is a gap between each piece
  8. Air fry at 195 C (380 F) for 4 minutes
  9. Spread more of the sauce over the lobster and cook for a further 2 to 4 minutes until the flesh has changed from a pinky red to a white colour and the internal temperature has reached 63°C (145°F)
  10. Serve with the remainder of the garlic lemon butter sauce and wedges of fresh lemon

Air Fried Lobster Cooking Tips

  • We used 2 6 ounce lobster tails, you’ll need to adjust cooking times if using different sizes
  • If you’re using frozen lobster tails, always ensure they are completely thawed before attempting to cook in the air fryer
  • We find using a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure the lobster is cooked to perfection
  • Don’t cut the shell all the way through the bottom
  • Be sure to remove any veins or dirt before cooking
  • To save on cleaning time after cooking lobster in the air fryer we use disposable paper liners which keep any spillage or crumbs etc contained in the liner which can be thrown away with the general waste

Why You’ll Love Air Fried Lobster

There are a number of reasons why you’ll love these air fried lobster tails. Which include;

  • Easy to prepare
  • Easy to clean up
  • Takes less than 10 minutes
  • Produces the most juicy tender lobster

Serving Suggestions

You can serve the air fried lobster tails on their own with just lemon wedges and the remainder of the garlic lemon butter sauce or you could serve with;

  •  Fresh Asparagus
  • Samphire
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Salad
  • Chips

Thawing Frozen Lobster Tails Before Air Frying

When cooking frozen lobster tails in an air fryer, it’s essential to thaw them properly beforehand. Thawing allows for even cooking and better texture. Here are 3 different methods you can use to thaw your lobster tails: 

  • Method 1: Thawing Them In The Refrigerator
    Place the frozen lobster tails in a sealable plastic bag or container to prevent any drips or leaks. Put them in the refrigerator and allow them to thaw for about 24 hours. This slow thawing process helps maintain the quality of the lobster meat.
  • Method 2: Quick thawing in the microwave or air fryer
    If you’re short on time, you can use the defrost setting on your microwave (or even your air fryer in some instances) to thaw the lobster tails. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for defrosting seafood, as microwave/air fryer times can vary. Take care not to start cooking the lobster tails during the defrosting process.
  • Method 3: Cold water thawing
    If you need to thaw the lobster tails quicker, you can use the cold water method. All you have to do is place the frozen lobster tails in a sealed plastic bag and submerge them in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep it cold. Thawing with this method usually takes about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the tails.

Once the lobster tails are fully thawed, you can proceed with air frying your lobster. 

What do you call an angry lobster?
A frustacean!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can lobster be cooked in an air fryer?

Lobster can be cooked in an air fryer. Lobster tails can be cooked in under 10 minutes at 195 C (380 F).

Can you cook frozen lobster tails in an air fryer?

You can cook frozen lobster tails in an air fryer as long as you thaw them completely first.

Why is my air fried lobster tough?

If you air fried lobster is tough it is because it has been over cooked.

What is the safe temperature for lobster?

Lobster needs to reach an internal temperature of 63°C (145°F) before it is considered to be safe to eat.

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