1cupLiquidUse water, chicken broth, vegetable broth or seafood broth. Whichever you prefer will work. I found that the chicken broth gives a nice flavor that is not overpowering and prefer it over the other options.
Butterfly lobster tails- do so by cutting the shell of the lobster down the back with kitchen shears, from the top to the bottom. Do not cut through the end of the tail, stop cutting when you get to the last section of the tail. Separate the meat from the shell by pulling the shell apart- do not fully operate the shell as you want to be able to lay the semi-connected lobster meat on top of the shell for cooking and presentation. Leave the last 20% of the lobster meat connected to the shell. After pulling the lobster meat away from the shell, gently close lobster shell under the meat and lay the meat on top of the shell. It’s okay if small pieces of the shell break off during this process. Nobody will know. 🙂
Apply compound butterto butterflied lobster tails. Using a tablespoon, scoop out about 1.5 tablespoons of compound butter and place on top of the butterflied lobster tails- push down a bit to make sure that the compound butter is stuck to the lobster tail pretty well.
Place lobster tails with compound butter on them into a steamer basket standing up and leaning against the side of the basket. The tail-side should be facing down and the meat side should be at the top inside of the basket.
Place steamer basket filled with your lobster tails in the Instant Pot.
Pour in 1 cup of liquid- you can use water, vegetable broth, seafood stock or chicken broth.
Close Instant Pot pressure cooker lid and move valve to “seal” position. Pressure cook lobster tails on high for 2 minutes.
While lobsters are cooking, microwave the remaining compound butter so that you can use it as the dipping sauce for the lobster tails! 🙂 Microwave in increments of 15 seconds until all butter has fully melted. Stir well and pour into small dishes for serving.
When timer sounds, quick release all pressure by moving valve to "release." This should take about 2 minutes. Once all pressure has been released, open pressure cooker lid and remove lobsters from the Instant Pot. Serve and eat immediately.