18 Best Lobster Recipes

There Are So Many Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Shellfish

Remove lobster tails from grill

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Whether you live in New England or the middle of the country, you can enjoy succulent lobster with these delicious recipes. If you've never prepared your own crustacean, never fear: We have tips on how to choose and cook these spiny critters, too. Including preparations for both whole, fresh lobster and lobster meat, you can enjoy the decadent-tasting shellfish for many different meals and any occasion.

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    Lobster Newburg with Rice

    Lobster Newburg on Rice
    Diana Rattray

    Rich and creamy lobster Newburg tastes great over rice, toast points, or even puff pastry shells. It dates all the way back to 1876, when a sea captain gave the recipe to the chef of Delmonico's restaurant in New York City, but you can enjoy this luscious dish at home using boiled lobster pieces.

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    Classic Lobster Salad

    Easy Lobster Salad
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Nothing beats fresh, citrusy lobster salad on a hot day after a long afternoon of boating—or really any time! It tastes wonderful over a bed of lettuce, on soft buns, garnished with chopped tomato and cucumber and perhaps some ripe avocado.

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    Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

    lobster mac and cheese

     Diana Rattray

    The only thing that improves cheesy, comforting macaroni and cheese is the addition of rich, tender lobster meat. A dash of sherry and nutmeg gives it a deeper, even more sophisticated flavor. Use fresh lobster if you have it, but frozen lobster tails work well too.

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    Grilled Lobster Tails

    Grilled lobster tails recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

    Even novice shellfish fans can cook up a simple grilled lobster tail recipe guaranteed to please any crowd. These directions assume you have frozen or fresh tails; if you start with a live lobster, you’ll have to parboil it first. Use either butter or olive oil for this preparation or try both; one for grilling, one to serve as a succulent dipping sauce. You really can’t go wrong!

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    Lobster Macaroni Salad

    Lobster and Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This easy and versatile macaroni salad uses just mayonnaise, lemon juice, and a few simple herbs as well as delicious lobster meat. Try to avoid assertive ingredients like bell pepper or red onion, which may overwhelm the delicate seafood. Serve it for an upgraded barbecue or backyard party side.

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    Gluten-Free Lobster Bisque

    Gluten Free Lobster Bisque Recipe Image Teri Gruss
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    A silky lobster bisque makes an excellent beginning to an elegant meal or a lovely light lunch and you don't have to forego it if you avoid gluten. This version uses rice flour instead of the regular kind for thickening, so it works great for those with food sensitivities.

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    Basic Boiled Lobster

    Boiling lobsters
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    If you have never boiled a lobster at home before, here's a simple and easy recipe anyone can follow. Adding a piece of seaweed gives the meat a nice, briny flavor, but feel free to omit it if you can't get ahold of seaweed or don't like the sea-forward taste.

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    Lobster Stew

    Lobster Stew
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    For a seafood stew that comes out hearty enough to make a meal, look no further than this decadent lobster stew. With heavy cream, butter, and of course, lobster, it's perfect for a chilly day. You will want some crusty bread to soak up the delicious excess.

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    Herbed Lobster Tails on the Grill

    Grilled lobster tail

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    Rubbing halved lobster tails with lemon-herbed butter or olive oil gives them a wonderfully light flavor that will contrast well with the smokiness from the grill. The shells will turn bright pink or red and the flesh will go opaque all the way through once they reach doneness.

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    Okra Strew with Prawns and Lobster Tails

    Okro Stew with Seafood
    F. Muyambo

    For a tantalizing taste of Ghana, try this deeply flavorful okra stew chock full of squid, fish fillets, prawns, and lobster tails. Palm fruit oil gives it that signature flavor, but you can also add smoked paprika to vegetable oil if you can't find it.

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    Lobster Pie with Mushrooms

    Lobster Pie With Puff Pastry
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    For a different take on the classic chicken pot pie, try this lobster version. It still has a sherry-studded sauce, mushrooms, and flaky puff pastry crust, but lobster levels it up a bit. Use frozen mixed vegetables or toss in leftover vegetables you have on hand, instead.

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    Chilled Lobster with Mimosa Dressing

    Lobster Tails with Mimosa Dressing
    Diana Rattray

    For a light appetizer to kick off a fancy dinner party, try these broiled lobster tails with orange and champagne vinegar mimosa dressing. A little honey adds sweetness that contrasts well with the tart vinegar and sour orange juice for a delicate flavor that your guests will love.

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    Lobster Cantonese

    Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
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    Salty, spiced, and definitely unique, this Cantonese lobster preparation will delight your taste buds and change your perspective on how to make your favorite shellfish. Serve it over white rice to get the most out of this deeply flavorful sauce.

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    Baked Stuffed Lobster

    Baked Stuffed Lobster with Crab Meat and Bread Crumb Stuffing Garnished with Lemon Halves
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    New Year's, birthdays, dinner parties, or any other special occasions call for this impressive meal. Stuff lobster with a savory cracker mixture and then bake it for a main dish that looks and tastes like a million bucks, but that even novice cooks can pull off.

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    Lobster Thermidor

    Lobster thermidor
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    While lobster Thermidor does require quite a few steps, it will all feel worth it once you dig in. Fresh tarragon really makes a difference, so spring for the good stuff and don't skimp on the sherry. The combination will turn the béchamel sauce into a revelation.

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    Lobster Rolls Two Ways

    Maine Lobster Roll
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    When you think of a lobster roll, what comes to mind may depend on where you live. The Maine way uses mayonnaise, while the Connecticut way goes for melted butter. This recipe has directions for both, so you can prepare your lobster roll your favorite way, or try the two side-by-side for a delicious afternoon tasting.

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    Lobster Corn Chowder

    Lobster Corn Chowder
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Chunks of rich lobster meat, plenty of vegetables, and a creamy corn base make this chowder an excellent main-dish option with a side of crusty bread for dipping. Add some extra crab meat, shrimp, and fish fillets for a seafood chowder that carries even more heft.

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    Lobster Pizza

    Lobster pizza
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    Yes, you can put lobster on a pizza to combine two of your favorite foods into one amazing meal. This recipe includes instructions for boiling the lobsters, but you can make this with leftover lobster meat or frozen tails, too. It takes some time but trust us, you'll love the results.