Instant Pot Buttered Lobster Tails


Tender and juicy lobster tails topped with a smooth and delicate butter sauce are just 10 minutes away! If you love seafood, you can’t miss this recipe that gives its best with fresh lobster, but 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! So, be careful: if you are not sure about the exact timing of your Instant Pot, cook the lobster for a short time, check and continue cooking just as needed.

If you are into seafood, you should try this Instant Pot shrimp boil recipe, these Instant Pot Steamed Clams or this Instant Pot Halibut.

Instant Pot Buttered Lobster Tails
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
  • 6 lobster tails
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • Cut your lobster tails in half (if needed).
  • Pour water in the Instant Pot and place the trivet.
  • Place the lobster tails onto the trivet (shell down). If your Instant Pot is not big enough, you can cook in batches.
  • Cook at low pressure for 3 minutes or 4 if your lobster is frozen.
  • In the meantime, melt butter in a saucepan and add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to obtain a sauce.
  • When cooking time is over, do a quick pressure release and serve the lobster tails topped with the prepared butter sauce and lemon wedges to taste.
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
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    Reader Interactions

  1. Charles McNeilly

    I am surprised you don't address splitting the shell before cooking

  2. Sweeter With Sugar

    I am excited to try this, Corrie. Thanks for sharing.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Of course! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  3. Kymberly

    Can I do this in a crockpot

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      You could cook this in a crock pot/ slow cooker, but it would take a lot longer.

  4. Sally S Wieringa

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

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Split the tops before cooking if needed.

  5. Roberta Johnson

    Can this be done on stove top and if so for how long

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

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

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