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Two lobster tails on a white plate with lemon wedges.

Instant Pot Lobster Tails

Cooking lobster tails can be scary. With my no-fail recipe for Instant Pot Lobster Tails you’ll never be scared to cook them again! This recipe takes just 10 minutes from start to finish.
Course Instant Pot, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Lactose
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Pressure Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 22kcal
Author Katie


  • Instant Pot


  • 4- 4 oz. Lobster Tails
  • 1 cup water


  • Cut the lobster tails on the rounded side down to the fan of the tail. Carefully, pop meat out of the tail. Rinse under cold water to remove any grit or shell. Repeat until all the lobster tails have been cut.
  • Using a steamer basket or trivet place in the Instant Pot. Place the tails on top, then pour in 1 cup of water.
  • Close lid and place steam valve to "sealed". Cook on "steam" for 2 minutes. *See notes on cooking frozen below. It will take 2-3 minutes to come to pressure then 2 minutes to cook.
  • Once the tails are done cooking and the timer beeps, carefully force pressure from the valve *this will take about 1 minutes.
  • Carefully, unlock the lid and remove the lobster tails. Brush each piece of lobster meat with a little bit of melted butter if desired. Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter. Enjoy immediately.


  • Digestive Track - A reader recently shared with me to make sure to remove the lobster's digestive tract. It is a long black vein that's visible on the underside of the meat after cutting it open. Some suppliers will do this before selling, but most won't, so make sure to check when your are cutting and washing it.
  • Serving Sides - You can serve the lobster as is or add drawn butter and lemon wedges on the side.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 22kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 57mg | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg