Instant Pot Lobster Tails

Lobster tails topped with alongside lemon slices and parsleyspices on cutter board

If you love seafood, you can’t miss this Instant Pot lobster recipe!

Tender and juicy lobster tails topped with a smooth and delicate butter sauce are just 5 minutes away!

Lobster tails topped with alongside lemon slices and parsleyspices on cutter board

We are using fresh lobster, but the recipe can also be adapted to frozen crabs or lobster parts.

This can be a quite expensive dish, but it is worth a try for a special occasion, like a birthday dinner or New Year’s Eve.

Though very simple, this recipe can be tricky: lobsters can’t be overcooked or the cooking process will completely ruin their flavor and texture.

That's why we are cooking the lobster tails in Instant Pot for only 1 minute. If needed, feel free to add 1-2 more minutes to the cooking time (after checking).

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Lobster tails topped with alongside lemon slices and parsleyspices on cutter board

Instant Pot Lobster Tails

Elegant lobster tails with a delish combo of butter and lemon…
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie


  • 6 lobster tails
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • Pour water in the Instant Pot and place the trivet.
  • Place the lobster tails onto the trivet (shell down).
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 1 minute.
  • In the meantime, melt butter in a saucepan and add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to obtain a sauce.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Pour the butter sauce over the lobster tails and serve with lemon wedges.


Calories: 76kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 12g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 312mg Potassium: 188mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 69IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 101mg Iron: 1mg


If your Instant Pot is not big enough, you can cook in batches.
If you are using frozen lobster, cook for 4 minutes instead of 3.
If needed, cut your lobster tails in half.
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13 thoughts on “Instant Pot Lobster Tails

  1. I can't find anywhere on internet the answer to this question.
    What is the recommended cooking time for one 12 to 14 ounce lobster tail in instant pot?

    1. Sure-- you can place them in boiling water for about the same amount of time. Usually about 3-5 minutes depending on their size.

  2. You say, cut the lobster tails in half, if needed. Do you mean split the tops? Or do you split the tops after cooking?

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