If you’re wondering what to serve with lobster, know you’re not alone! This is one of the most common questions we hear. The last thing you want to do after paying top dollar for a lobster is miss the mark on the side dishes, that make up the meal. Your lobsters should be the star of your dish, so it’s important to find sides and drinks that pair well with lobster instead of overpowering them.
Salads and Veggies
Are you going for a lighter dish with sides that offer just the right amount of flavor without filling you up too much? Salads and veggies are excellent surf and turf side dishes, allowing lobsters to be the focus but giving you a little extra food to fill your stomach.
Cold salads, like cole slaw or cucumber and tomato salad, are classics with lobster dishes, but plenty of other vegetables taste great with lobster too. Try some grilled asparagus drizzled in oil and topped with some salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Or, sauté sliced squash, zucchini, and baby carrots in butter or oil for a tasty, healthy side.
Other sides for lobster will be on the heavier side, offering a filling meal with more robust flavor. Potatoes are a common choice and can be made in so many ways that you can virtually never run out of options.
Pair grilled lobster with grilled potatoes and mushrooms. Thinly slice the veggies and place them in a foil packet with a pat of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the grill over high heat for about 20 minutes or until they’re tender.
You can also make a tasty seafood risotto. We love this recipe from MyRecipes, and you can even slice up some lobster to add-in.
For something, the kids will love, too, cook up baked macaroni and cheese. Lobster mac and cheese is an American favorite, so it’s no wonder that the two pair perfectly as separate parts of a meal too! This Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Southern Living is super creamy and tasty,
Of course, some people keep it simple and serve other seafood, like shrimp, scallops, or mussels, with lobster. Sometimes, more ocean flavor is all you need to create a meal the whole family will love.
When it comes to drinks, what goes with lobster? Finding the right drink that won’t overpower the flavor of lobster and also won’t leave a strange taste combination in your mouth can be tricky, especially when looking for alcoholic options.
You can always keep it casual with soda, which can be a good option for summer cookouts that people of all ages will be attending. A non-alcoholic fruit punch made with lemon-lime soda, fruit punch, and sherbet gives a fun, fruity taste without overpowering your lobster dinner.
The best wine with lobster is usually a white or sparkling version. They tend to be a little on the savory side and complement seafood flavors nicely. Chardonnay is one of the most popular options, but champagne is also an excellent choice.
If you’re more of a beer person, stick with summery brews or ones that have citrus flavors that can bring out some of the citrus notes of your lemon-dressed lobster. Lighter beers tend to be better options than stronger flavors for lobster dishes.
Now You Know What Goes with Lobster…
Time to start experimenting! From filling your plate with veggies to going for something a bit heavier and more filling, you have plenty of options for lobster side dishes that make up the perfect seafood lover’s meal. Fortunately, with lobster as your star (especially when it’s from Maine Lobster House!), you can’t go wrong.