Lobster taco with citrus slaw.

Lobster Taco Recipe with Homemade Citrus Slaw

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Any day could be taco Tuesday in our household, and if you’re feeling excited for an extra special taco night, look no further than our lobster taco recipe. 

This easy lobster taco recipe is simple because you can prepare your lobster in a number of ways and then simply add it to corn or flour tortillas and top with delicious toppings. 

We typically prefer corn tortillas because the sweetness of the corn compliments the sweet lobster meat.

We love seafood tacos as a lighter alternative to our ground beef, shredded chicken and Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Especially on a hot day during the summer months here in Texas, a lighter protein is appreciated as a unique switch up from a typical tacos.

(If you love fish tacos don’t miss our 15 minute Air Fryer Tilapia Fish Taco Recipe or our Salmon Tacos Recipe).

How to grill lobster tails.

What Type of Lobster to Use for Lobster Tacos?

This easy lobster taco recipe is awesome and versatile because you can prepare your lobster however you prefer. 

The lobster taco slaw recipe will pair perfectly, no matter your lobster preparation! Consider a few variations to prepare your lobster for this recipe:

  • Grilled Lobster is a great option that really brings out the sweet buttery lobster taco flavor by using a method that takes minimal time and effort. The instructions in this recipe are for the grilled lobster preparation. 
  • Tempura Lobster is a great option if you are looking for a light, flaky texture on the outside of your lobster. This preparation is a favorite for people who prefer deep fried fish in their fish tacos vs. grilled.
  • Sous Vide Lobster is a great option if you have a sous vide immersion circulator and if you have a bot more time. Sous vide lobster is always perfectly cooked and very tender. 
Sweet cilantro sauce being scooped into lobster tacos.

Our Favorite Toppings for Lobster Tacos

Load up your lobster taco with your favorite condiments! 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Lime being squeezed on a lobster taco.

Lobster Taco Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 4 tacos

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Lobster tails (fresh lobster meat like knuckle meat and claw meat work too)
  • 10 oz. bag of shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix)
  • 2 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
  2. Start by making the slaw for your lobster tacos by combining the mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin, and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Next, in a medium bowl, add the bag of shredded cabbage and stir in the coleslaw dressing. Stir to combine. The slaw will continue to soften and integrate with the dressing when you prepare your lobster.
  4. Prepare your lobster as you’d like. To grill your lobster, place the lobster, shell side down, on a hot grill for 10 minutes, basting with melted butter throughout the cooking process.
  5. Once the lobster tail the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees, remove them from the grill.
  6. Meanwhile, warm tortillas in a pan with a spray of olive oil or melted butter.
  7. Remove the lobster from the shells, chop it, and place on the warm tortilla. Top with the homemade citrus slaw and any other sauces and condiments that you choose!
Finished taco after making a lobster taco recipe.

Lobster Taco Recipe with Homemade Citrus Slaw

Yield: 4 Tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Our lobster taco recipe features grilled lobster and a citrus slaw with an option to swap it for tempura fried lobster or sous vide lobster!

Ingredients

  • 2 Lobster tails (fresh lobster meat like knuckle meat and claw meat work too)
  • 10 oz. bag of shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix)
  • 2 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
  2. Start by making the slaw for your lobster tacos by combining the mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin, and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Next, in a medium bowl, add the bag of shredded cabbage and stir in the coleslaw dressing. Stir to combine. The slaw will continue to soften and integrate with the dressing when you prepare your lobster.
  4. Prepare your lobster as you’d like. To grill your lobster, place the lobster, shell side down, on a hot grill for 10 minutes, basting with melted butter throughout the cooking process.
  5. Once the lobster tail the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees, remove them from the grill.
  6. Meanwhile, warm tortillas in a pan with a spray of olive oil or melted butter.
  7. Remove the lobster from the shells, chop it, and place on the warm tortilla. Top with the homemade citrus slaw and any other sauces and condiments that you choose!

Notes

Feel free to swap out the grilled lobster for Tempura Fried Lobster Tails or Sous Vide Lobster!

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Grilled Lobster tail in garlic herb butter.

Love Lobster? Check out These Recipes and Round-ups:

  • Whether you’re noshing on our lobster tacos or eating lobster in another way, we assembled a list of top recipe sides for lobster
  • Probably our favorite way to eat Maine lobster is via lobster rolls.  We’ve had every style of a lobster roll, and when in Maine we had a brown butter lobster roll and it blew our mind.  Here’s our rendition of our favorite way to eat lobster. 
  • As these are fried lobster tacos, we have to include our list of best sides for fried fish.

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Lobster taco with homemade citrus slaw.

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