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Lobster Tacos

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Want an incredibly easy dinner? These buttery lobster tacos are the epitome of delicious eating. Less than 20 minutes to make.

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Lobster Tacos

Make them with fresh or frozen lobster that’s been thawed. Once the lobster is cooked and removed from the shells, they takes less than 10 minutes to put together.

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Even though this dish is elegant enough to impress your guests it also fits into the incredibly easy weeknight meal for the family. Have you ever seen a more impressive Taco Tuesday taco?

Made with succulent lobster and a hint of smokiness from the chipotle sauce and the creaminess of the aioli, this recipe just can’t be beat.

We cheated and used a good quality mayonnaise. Don’t use sweet salad dressings. If you’d like to make your own aioli, that is incredibly easy as well.

What you need

For chipotle aioli

  • mayonnaise – use a good quality mayonnaise, not salad dressing. It will overpower the sweetness of the lobster.
  • chipotle hot sauce
  • lime juice or lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

For the tacos

  • lobster – fresh lobster or frozen cooked lobster can be used. If using frozen lobster, thaw in refrigerator over night first. Use either claw meat, knuckles or lobster tail meat. Buy fresh Maine lobster or Massachusetts lobster for best flavor. Cook it as desired, steamed, boiled, grilled. Remove the meat from the shells. Eat within 2 days or freeze for longer storage. You can substitute shrimp if you don’t have lobster.
  • butter – use unsalted butter for best flavor you can substitute olive oil if you’d like.
  • cumin – ground
  • freshly minced garlic or garlic powder
  • chili powder or cayenne pepper, even chipotle powder is delicious, if you can find it.
  • lime juice or lemon juice. We prefer lime juice.
  • tortillas – use flour tortillas or corn tortillas. We prefer corn.
  • olive oil for frying tortillas, or warm tortillas in the microwave or above your gas burner.
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Ingredients for lobster tacos.

How to make them

How to cook the lobster

There are several ways to cook a whole lobster. They can be steamed, boiled, grilled, baked or broiled. Most experts agree that the lobster tastes best steamed. Steaming a 1½ pound lobster will take about nine minutes. For more information on cooking lobster, visit Maine Lobster Now.

Step One

Make the aioli first in a small bowl. Add mayonnaise and hot sauce to bowl.

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Add mayonnaise and hot sauce to a small bowl.

Step Two

Squeeze in the juice of half of a lime.

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Squeeze lime juice into bowl.

Step Three

Add salt and pepper.

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Add salt and pepper.

Step Four

Mix well.

Then put it in the fridge while you cook the filling for the flavors to mingle.

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Mix well.

For the lobster filling

Chop cooked lobster into bite sized pieces. Prepare your desired toppings.

Step One

Melt butter or place olive oil in a small pan over low heat.

Add onion and sauté until soft.

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Add onions to a pan with olive oil.

Step Two

Add garlic and just soften it a bit.

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Add garlic.

Step Three

Next add lobster. Add spices and stir.

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Add lobster and spices.

Step Four

Mix gently, turning often so that lobster doesn’t overcook.

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Gently mix.

Step Five

Once lobster is hot, immediately remove from heat.

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Keep mixing until lobster is hot and spices are incorporated.

Prepare tortillas in your preferred method. See suggestions in recipe notes below.

Assemble tacos. Add a few tablespoons lobster meat to the inside of the taco. Drizzle with lime juice.

Add your favorite toppings, drizzle with the chilled aioli and enjoy!

Suggested toppings

We like to keep it simple with lobster tacos and just use lettuce and tomato so that the flavor of the lobster shines but other toppings can work as well.

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Pro tips for your success

  • If par cooking your own lobster for freezing and using later, don’t cook them all the way through, that way it won’t overcook when reheating.
  • Don’t overcook the lobster. Just stir it in the hot butter and spices and remove it from the heat immediately.
  • After removing the meat from your lobsters, don’t throw away the body and leg joints. They make delicious seafood stock that is great in bisque, soups and more.

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These lobster tacos with chipotle aioli are an incredibly delicious treat for special occasions or any old day.

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Lobster Tacos

Want an incredibly easy dinner? These buttery lobster tacos are the epitome of delicious eating. Less than 10 minutes to make.
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5 from 4 votes
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $15

Ingredients

For the chipotle aioli

For lobster filling

Instructions

For aioli

  • Add hot sauce and mayonnaise to a small bowl.
    ½ cup mayonnaise, homemade or store bought, 3-6 dashes chipotle hot sauce
  • Squeeze in some juice of half of a lime.
    1 splash fresh lime juice
  • Add spices.
    ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt or sea salt, ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Mix well. Refrigerate to let the flavors mingle. Can be made up to a day ahead.

For Lobster Filling

  • Add butter or oil to a small sauté pan. Add onion. Sauté for a couple minutes until onions soften and become fragrant.
    1 teaspoon unsalted butter, ¼ cup red onion
  • Add garlic. Sauté until it becomes fragrant.
    ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • Add lobster and spices. Stir gently but often to mix spices in and heat lobster.
    ½ pound cooked lump lobster meat, ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder, 1 pinch salt, 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.

To make tacos

  • Heat the tortillas however you like them. In the microwave, oven on top of your gas stove or lightly fry corn tortillas.
    8 Corn or Flour Tortillas, 2 tablespoons Olive oil for frying
  • Assemble tacos with a few tablespoons of lobster and your favorite toppings. Drizzle with chipotle aioli. Enjoy!
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Notes

If par cooking your own lobster for freezing and using later, don’t cook them all the way through, that way it won’t overcook when reheating.
If using store bought, precooked lobster, just briefly warm it so that it doesn’t overcook and become tough.
To make homemade mayonnaise (aioli).
Store any leftover lobster filling refrigerate about 3 days.
Suggested toppings
We like to keep it simple with lobster tacos and just use lettuce and tomato so that the flavor of the lobster shines but other toppings can work as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published August 15, 2022

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Cannot wait to try these tacos one day, unfortunately, lobster is not something that is widely available where we live. However, we made fish tacos with your chipotle aioli and we are totally in love! Such a good sauce, I think we will be making it to serve with fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes from now on!

    1. I’m sorry for you. Lobster is one of our favorites! Glad you like the aioli. We slather it on everything too!

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