Can I Reheat Lobster? Tips on Which Method Is Best

If you’re a lobster lover, first of all, how do you have leftovers to reheat?! Okay, so maybe you got yourself an extra lobster to go. Or perhaps you had surf and turf, and the steak and potato filled you up.  

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Either way, lobster is a spectacular dish, and the last thing you want to do is destroy it by reheating it incorrectly and ending up with a rubbery, inedible food. Talk about ruining your appetite.  

Fortunately, you’re not alone. This article will help you figure out how to reheat lobster in a way that makes you believe it’s freshly prepared.  

Can You Reheat Lobster? 

This question is actually a legitimate one. Can you even reheat lobster? Is it doomed to turn into a rubbery mess no matter what?  

Can You Reheat Lobster?

Yes, you can reheat lobster. The truth is you can reheat pretty much any food that has been frozen or refrigerated.  

The trick is to reheat it using the proper method. For example, breaded and fried foods usually reheat better in an air fryer or in the oven while grilled and baked foods typically do better in the oven or back on the grill. There are many approaches, and we’ll explore them all here.  

Should You Reheat Lobster? 

Now you know you can. Should you? 

Should you Reheat lobster?  

It’s a fair question considering it is a type of fish and there are so many warnings about foodborne illnesses when it comes to fish. 

To be safe, you should definitely do your own research into the proper safe handling procedures for reheating lobster and what might make it safe or unsafe.  

To get you started, I’ve linked here to an article from the FDA on heating and reheating seafood. 

How to Reheat Lobster in the Oven 

Reheating lobster in the oven is probably the most conventional approach, especially if you have a whole lobster.  

  1. Simply place the lobster belly up on a large piece of aluminum foil. Add a pat or two of butter to the top of the lobster, which will help keep it moist.  
  2. Wrap the aluminum foil around the lobster and place it on a baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  3. Serve, and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Lobster in the Microwave 

The absolute worst way to reheat your lobster is in the microwave. You are running the risk of rubbery fish.  

But let’s say it’s the only appliance you have.  

We’ll make it work. For the best results reheating lobster in the microwave follow these steps: 

  1. Ideally, you still have the lobster in its shell, in which case you can wrap the whole thing in damp paper towels and put it on a plate. If not, simply place the meat on a microwave safe dish or plate and cover it with damp paper towels.  
  2. Microwave in 45-second increments, checking that it is heated through. This should not take longer than a minute or two.  

How to Reheat Lobster in an Air Fryer 

Reheating lobster in an air fryer can be a great approach if you’ve got one.  

  1. Heat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Wrap your lobster entirely in aluminum foil, with a pat or two of butter on the lobster to trap moisture. 
  3. Reheat your lobster for 2 to 4 minutes tops.  
  4. Remove and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Lobster on a Grill 

Reheating lobster on a grill can add a layer of complexity and deliciousness to this already amazing food.  

Use these steps to reheat lobster on the grill: 

  1. Heat your grill to high.  
  2. Drizzle olive oil all over your lobster. If it is still in the shell, place the lobster shell directly on the grill, and without flipping, allow it to cook through.  
  3. If it is not in its shell, place the meat on a piece of aluminum foil and follow the same method.  
  4. Add lemon juice or garlic for extra flavor.  
  5. Enjoy! 

How to Reheat Lobster in a Toaster Oven 

The toaster oven is a highly under-appreciated appliance that can be extremely useful for reheating foods quickly and efficiently.  Like an oven, only smaller and quicker! 

How To Reheat Lobster in a Toaster Oven


To reheat lobster in a toaster oven follow these directions: 

  1. Heat your toaster to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place your lobster directly on a baking sheet with a little butter on top of the lobster and place in your heated toaster oven.  
  3. Heat for 10 minutes and check to see that it is thoroughly heated.  
  4. Enjoy! 

How to Reheat Lobster in a Pan on the Stove 

If you want to reheat your lobster in a pan on the stove, you will need to remove it from its shell the follow these steps: 

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium and add ¼ cup of broth to the skillet. Bring the broth to a simmer in your pan but do not allow the liquid to evaporate.   
  2. Add the lobster meat to the pan and gently stir, adding the broth to the top of the lobster.  
  3. You can also add a bit of butter to the tops of your chunks of meat to add more moisture.  
  4. Sauté for about 10 minutes or until cooked all the way through.  
  5. This approach is perfect for keeping your meat moist but preventing it from becoming rubbery.  
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Lobster Is Using the Grill 

Surprisingly, the best way to reheat your lobster has to be the grill. The grill keeps the lobster from drying out and getting rubbery. You can preserve moisture by adding butter or olive oil, and you get that flame-broiled touch by cooking over an open flame.  

Of course, if you don’t have a grill, you can mimic this method by using the oven or the toaster oven.  

But who are we kidding? If you’re eating lobster, you need a grill! 

Have you reheated lobster in the past with success? Which way worked best for you? Let me know in the comment section below.  

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