Sumptuous Tropical Lobster Taco Recipe  

 Last Update March 6, 2024

By Jenny Zhang

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Looking for a captivating explosion of flavors that whisks you away to a tropical paradise? Search no more and indulge in the sublime pleasure of savoring tropical lobster tacos! These mouthwatering creations blend the succulent essence of fresh lobster with a medley of vibrant ingredients, resulting in a symphony of flavors that will captivate your taste buds.

Lobster, known as the king of crustaceans, brings its luxurious, tender flesh to the forefront of this dish. Its delicate sweetness pairs beautifully with the vibrant, zesty ingredients that make up the tropical twist in this classic Mexican street food.

Indulging in the exquisite flavors of lobster at a restaurant can quickly take a toll on your wallet. With prices ranging from $20 to $50 for a lobster dish, it's not always the most practical choice for an everyday meal. However, there's no need to suppress your cravings when you can create your own sumptuous lobster tacos in the comfort of your own kitchen. Not only is it a cost-effective alternative, but it also allows you to savor the succulent flavors while maintaining control over the quality of ingredients.

Below, we will share our favorite lobster tacos recipe using lobster tails. So grab your apron, and let's embark on a gastronomic voyage to craft the perfect tropical lobster tacos to transport you to a beachside paradise.

Tropical Lobster Tacos Recipe

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
15 minutes

Rest Time
0 minutes

Total Time
40 minutes

  • Cooking Method: 
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Servings: 2
  • Calories: 403
  • Courses: Main Dish
  • Best Season: Summer


  • 2 Whole Lobster Tail Cooked
  • 6 Pieces Yellow Corn Tortillas 7"
  • 2 Whole Radishes, Fresh And Organic; Sliced
  • 6 Leaf Lettuce Fresh And Organic; Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Fresh And Organic; Sliced
  • Himalayan Salt and Pepper

The Creamy Sauce

  • 1/2 Avocado Large
  • 1/4 of a small onion
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon packed fresh tarragon leaves chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon packed fresh chives chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon packed fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


Step 1: Prepare the Lobster

There are several ways you can prepare the lobster (boil, broil, bake, grill), and ultimately, which method to go with is based on your personal preference.

1. Fill a spacious pot with water and heat it until it reaches a boiling point. Ensure that the water is sufficiently deep to immerse the lobsters completely.

2. Gently submerge the live lobsters into the boiling water and let them cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until they transform into a vibrant shade of red.

3. After cooking, extract the lobsters from the pot using kitchen tongs and allow them to cool for a few minutes.

4. Carefully crack open the shells of the lobsters and extract the meat. Chop the lobster meat into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.

5. Sprinkle the chopped lobster meat with a dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning. Feel free to add your favorite spices.

Step 2: Prepare the Sauce

1. Combine the fresh basil, parsley, tarragon, chives, and garlic in a food processor or blender. Pulse the mixture a few times to chop and blend the ingredients together.

2. Add the avocado, lemon juice, lime juice, and white wine vinegar to the food processor.

3. Blend or process the mixture until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture. If the dressing appears too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to achieve your desired consistency.

3. Blend or process the mixture until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture. If the dressing appears too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to achieve your desired consistency.

4. Sample the dressing and season it with salt and pepper to suit your taste. Fine-tune the flavors by incorporating additional lemon juice or vinegar, if desired.

5. Transfer the sauce to a jar or airtight container, then place it in the refrigerator until ready to be used. Recommend refrigerator for a minimum of one hour. This will enable the flavors to blend harmoniously.

Step 3: Heat the tortilla and Chop Your Toppings

1. Warm tortillas in a dry skillet or directly over a flame until they become pliable and slightly charred around the rim.

2. Chop the pineapple and lettuce, and thinly slice the radish.

Step 4: Assemble the Tropical Lobster Tacos

1. Place a generous portion of the grilled lobster meat on top of the tortilla.

2. Shredded lettuce, thinly sliced radish, and chopped pineapple.

3. Finish it off with a spoonful of the creamy sauce onto each tortilla.

4. Repeat the process for the remaining tortillas.

5. Serve the tropical lobster tacos on a platter, garnishing with additional lime wedges and fresh cilantro if desired.

lobster taco

Tips & Notes

Properly cook the lobster: Whether you're boiling, grilling, or pan-searing the lobster, be mindful not to overcook it. Lobster meat becomes tough and rubbery when overcooked. Follow the recommended cooking times and methods to ensure perfectly cooked lobster meat.

Warm the tortillas properly: To enhance the texture and flavor, warm the tortillas before assembling the tacos. You can heat them in a dry skillet, place them directly over a flame for a few seconds, or wrap them in foil and warm them in the oven.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 2



% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10.3g


Saturated Fat 1.3g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 45mg


Total Carbohydrate 41.7g


Dietary Fiber 8.4g


Total Sugars 3.7g

Protein 36.7g

Vitamin D 0mcg


Calcium 97mg


Iron 2mg


Potassium 521mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What You Will Need To Make Lobster Tacos

Lobster Tails Or Cooked Lobster Meat

Look for either lobster tail or cooked fresh lobster meat at your local grocery store or seafood market. If it's possible, get a live lobster, as it is fresh and more cost-effective than purchasing just lobster tails or cooked lobster meat. If you have leftover cooked lobster meat, you can also use that.

Note: Each large lobster tail can make about three lobster tacos. 


Opt for soft corn tortillas for an authentic and gluten-free experience. Alternatively, you can use flour tortillas if you prefer.

Tropical Fruit

To prepare tropical lobster tacos, you will need tropical fruit. I used pineapple in this taco recipe, but feel free to use mango, papaya, or your favorite tropical fruit.

Creamy Sauce

Create a delectable sauce to complement the flavors of the lobster by mixing avocado, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, basil, chive, and green onion.

I like making this creamy sauce for various dishes because it is healthy and offers a vibrant flavor profile. Unlike other sauces packed with mayonnaise, this creamy sauce uses avocado, and it offers a refreshing and herbaceous taste with hints of tanginess and creaminess.

However, feel free to use your favorite creamy sauce, whether a creamy lemon butter sauce or a cajun cream.

Fresh Vegetables

Enhance the taco's texture and taste with fresh vegetables such as shredded lettuce and thinly sliced radish. But feel free to use your favorite vegetables.

Cooking Oil

Choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable or canola oil, for sautéing or grilling the lobster.

How to elevate tropical lobster tacos

Experiment with marinades

Instead of simply seasoning the lobster meat, marinate it in a tropical-inspired blend of flavors. Combine ingredients like lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, ginger, soy sauce, and a touch of honey. Let the lobster marinate for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking to infuse it with vibrant and complex flavors.

Grilled lobster

If possible, grill the lobster tails instead of boiling or pan-searing them. Grilling imparts a smoky flavor and beautiful char marks, adding depth and visual appeal to the tacos. Brush the marinated lobster tails with a bit of oil and grill them over medium-high heat until cooked through.

Toasted coconut

Add a delightful tropical twist by incorporating toasted coconut into your taco assembly. Toast shredded coconut in a dry pan until golden brown and sprinkle it over the tacos for a subtle nutty flavor and a delightful crunchy texture.

Pickled onions

Make quick-pickled red onions by thinly slicing them and soaking them in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and salt for about 30 minutes. The tangy and slightly sweet pickled onions add a punch of flavor and a vibrant pop of color to the tacos.

Spicy mango salsa

Elevate the tropical fruit salsa by adding a spicy kick. Combine diced mango with finely chopped jalapeños or serrano peppers, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The spicy mango salsa adds a delightful contrast of heat and sweetness to the lobster tacos.

Avocado crema

Prepare a luscious avocado crema by whisking the ingredients together until creamy, ideal for drizzling over the tacos. Blend ripe avocados with sour cream, lime juice, garlic, and a touch of salt until smooth and creamy. The avocado crema adds a creamy and luxurious element that pairs wonderfully with the lobster and other toppings.

Buttery Lobster

If you are seeking some buttery lobster tacos, cook the lobster in butter. You will want to use enough butter to fully coat the lobster tails or meat and provide a rich and indulgent flavor.

Refried beans

Don't feel like making a sauce? Refried beans can be a delicious and savory addition to lobster tacos, providing a creamy and flavorful sauce that complements the sweet and delicate taste of the lobster.

Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.