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What to Serve with Lobster Tails (27 Tasty Side Dishes)

The perfect pairings for juicy, tender lobster tails!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 23, 2022

With this list of delicious side dishes, you’ll never wonder what to serve with lobster tails again! This list of easy and delicious recipes will make a statement and satisfy appetites at the same time.

what to serve with lobster tails

It’s hard to believe that lobster is such a delicacy now, when these crustaceans used to be thought of as pests! Early European settlers who came to the New World actually used lobsters as fish bait and fertilizer, rather than food.

Once canning became popular and lobster meat became widespread, tastes quickly changed. In the 1960s, surf and turf featuring lobster tail was added to restaurant menus and is still popular today.

Typically lobster tails are served with a clarified butter dip and traditional New England side dishes like potatoes. But I wanted to step outside the box and find more unique side dishes that are just as tasty.

From gnocchi to salads, this list is filled with versatile sides that complement lobster tails and most other seafood!

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01. Pasta Salad

A creamy pasta salad to go with a summery seafood dinner.

When the weather warms up, switch out traditional mac and cheese for this cold pasta salad! This vegan version uses a creamy cashew nut dressing and fresh herbs.

Add some chopped celery and bell pepper for crunch and you have the perfect picnic side dish. A great choice for backyard barbecues and seafood grills!

02. Cauliflower Breadsticks

Enjoy your breadsticks, without the carbs!

This low-carb appetizer is made with cauliflower rice, so it’s gluten-free as well. The cauliflower provides a nutty flavor and makes for a deliciously crispy bottom.

A handful of cheddar on top gives these sticks that irresistibly stringy cheese texture. Serve with marinara or ranch sauce for dipping!

03. Caesar Salad

Grilled romaine is a great way to change up this classic side dish.

Making grilled lobster tails? Throw on a head of romaine lettuce as well to infuse those delicious charcoal flavors into your salad!

All that’s needed is a drizzle of garlicky caesar dressing, a sprinkle of parmesan, and some croutons.

04. Risotto

Make restaurant-worthy risotto for a perfect date night dinner.

Dried mushrooms and mushroom stock give this risotto its rich umami flavor. Melted parmesan cheese provides that velvety smooth texture that risotto is famous for!

This side is a great way to impress your guests—and they’ll never know how easy it was to make!

05. Potato Salad

If you’re barbecuing seafood, you can’t forget this Southern classic.

This creamy potato salad recipe includes hard-boiled eggs and a rich mayonnaise and mustard dressing. A touch of relish adds some tang and vinegar for balance, while chopped celery adds crunch.

Red potatoes are best for potato salad since the skins are edible. White or russet potatoes will do as well!

06. Lobster Bisque

This classic soup is the perfect way to tie a lobster meal together.

This cream-based tomato and lobster soup is rich, smooth, and decadent. Sherry and brandy give the bisque a depth of flavor that works so well with delicate lobster tail meat.

This bisque requires several ingredients, but the one-of-a-kind flavor is worth it.

07. Macaroni and Cheese

Lobster mac and cheese is one of the best modern-day comfort foods!

Gruyere, cheddar, and parmesan give this side dish maximum indulgence. A sprinkle of panko crumbs on top before baking gives the pasta that crunchy texture for contrast.

Make sure you only cook the pasta until it is al dente. It will continue to cook to the perfect consistency once you add the cheese sauce!

08. Green Bean Salad

One of the easiest and tastiest sides for a summer cookout!

Tangy feta, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a squirt of lemon juice give this salad a Mediterranean twist. The dijon garlic dressing adds savory notes that give these green beans a punchy flavor.

Try drizzling some of the dressing over your lobster tails as well!

09. Clam Chowder

Go all out for your seafood dinner by serving up clam chowder as an appetizer.

This heart-warming classic is made with filling ingredients like potatoes, leaks, and heavy cream. Bacon and butter give this dish a savory depth of flavor, and allow the clams to shine!

Due to the dairy ingredients, this recipe should be enjoyed fresh, and never frozen.

10. Baked Potatoes

Skip plain old mashed potatoes and try this loaded baked potato recipe instead.

A crispy exterior and a fluffy interior are key to the perfect baked potato. Sour cream adds moisture, while bacon and cheese give it that mouthwatering saltiness!

This recipe is suitable for kids and adults alike. It’s a great filling side to complement lobster tails.

11. Coleslaw

A crunchy side that pairs perfectly with grilled meats.

This coleslaw is made with a tangy vinegar and mayonnaise dressing. Those acidic notes are excellent for cutting through rich meat dishes like steak and lobster tails.

I add a tablespoon of honey to my coleslaw dressing to balance out the acidity and add flavor.

12. Sweet Potato Fries

These baked fries are a healthy treat, and even tastier than regular fries!

Fries are a great option for casual meals, or when you need a quick no-fuss side. The creaminess of these sweet potatoes pairs nicely with rich meats like lobster.

For dipping, try a garlic aioli or chipotle mayonnaise.

13. Veggie Salad

Balance any meal with this super healthy and delicious vegan salad!

This veggie salad is best made with whatever produce is fresh and in season. I like to use boiled corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers to start—then the rest is up to you!

The tangy herb dressing is key to tying everything together. Ingredients like avocado, basil, and lemon juice give everything a super fresh flavor.

14. French Baguette (and Butter)

This classic crusty bread goes with anything and everything!

Rich foods are the perfect pairing for a light crispy baguette. If you’re making bread from scratch, the trick to a flaky crust is to bake it with a steam bath.

Serve French bread with some butter alongside a lobster dinner or a steamed seafood platter.

15. Baked Scallops

This seafood delicacy doesn’t need much to taste amazing!

Scallops taste the best when they’ve been seared on the stove. Use butter rather than oil for more flavor, and make sure your skillet is very hot!

Finish off these scallops with a sprinkle of parmesan and panko for crispiness.

16. Steamed Clams with White Wine and Garlic

These steamed clams are a great meal on their own, or you can serve them as a decadent appetizer!

A garlic and chardonnay sauce gives these clams a savory touch. Lemon helps freshen up the sauce and balances out the richness.

I like to add chopped parsley before serving for color and freshness.

17. Steamed Asparagus

This flavorful vegetable elevates any dish.

Although grilling or roasting is more common, steaming asparagus helps keep this dish healthy! A sprinkle of salt and a pinch of garlic powder is all that’s needed to bring out the natural flavors.

Asparagus is a great side dish for holidays and parties. It won’t get soggy, and is suitable alongside any entree, from red meat to seafood!

18. Mashed Potatoes

One of the tastiest side dishes around is also conveniently one of the easiest to make!

The key to fluffy mashed potatoes is to choose the correct type of potato. Yukon gold will give you the best texture, and a beautiful yellow color.

A touch of milk and plenty of butter help make these mashed potatoes creamy. Use a hand mixer to get that melt in-your-mouth smoothness.

19. Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

This roasted cauliflower is packed with savory goodness.

The key to those crispy edges is to set your oven to a high temperature—about 425°F is best. Savory spices like cumin, garlic powder, and paprika help bring out the distinct nutty flavor of cauliflower.

Be careful that you don’t use too much oil, or else your cauliflower will turn out soggy.

20. Caramelized Onion and Potato Gratin

Onions and potatoes are a match made in heaven.

This delicious layered potato casserole is made with sliced potatoes in a cream and gruyere sauce. Aromatics like thyme and caramelized onions give this dish an infusion of flavor.

Every bite of this gratin fills your taste buds with cheesy, umami goodness. It’s the ultimate cold-weather comfort dish.

21. Baby Glazed Carrots

Skip the peeling and chopping!

This dish is great for picky eaters and kids who have a hard time with vegetables. The brown sugar and honey help bring out the natural sweetness of carrots and make them more palatable.

I like to add a tablespoon or so of fresh thyme to infuse the honey glaze with herbal notes.

22. Biscuits

A great alternative to your typical dinner roll!

Biscuits are dense, chewy, and have a distinct buttery flavor that sets them apart from dinner rolls. These Southern-inspired biscuits are made with buttermilk for a slightly tangy taste and extra fluffiness.

These biscuits go great with saucy dishes like lobster bisque or clam chowder. Serve warm to get the most out of that buttery flaky inside!

23. Calamari

A tasty fried appetizer for a seafood-themed dinner!

This calamari has a perfectly crispy battered outside, with a soft chewy interior. The calamari is marinated in buttermilk before breading, which keeps it from getting rubbery when fried.

Make a lemon aioli for dipping to help cut through the greasiness.

24. Garlic Spinach Stir Fry

Not only is this dish delicious, but it is super healthy too!

Fresh garlic and spinach are a dynamic savory combo. The garlic infuses the spinach with flavor, while a pinch of salt helps cut down on the bitterness.

This recipe uses olive oil to fry the garlic, but butter would make this dish even richer.

25. Potato Gnocchi

Who can resist this hearty Italian dish?

Anywhere you would serve pasta, you can serve this chewy potato dumpling. This gnocchi tastes incredible with a brown butter or cream sauce, either of which are delicious with lobster tail.

Gnocchi does tend to get soggy after a while, so you should prepare and serve it right away.

26. Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn is packed with flavor, and so simple to prepare!

Grilling brings out all the sweetness of corn, without the need for seasoning! Cook the corn in foil to help lock in the moisture and keep it nice and juicy.

Toppings for your corn can range from simple melted butter to parmesan cheese and herbs.

27. Cilantro Lime Rice

This zesty side pairs with everything from curries to grilled seafood.

This Mexican-inspired rice is best made with long grain rice such as basmati. A sprinkle of cumin provides earthiness and depth, while the lime provides acidity to boost the flavor.

Serve this citrusy rice with tender lobster meat to balance out the richness and keep things fresh.

What to Serve with Lobster Tails (27 Tasty Side Dishes)

Directions


  1. Choose your favorite lobster tail side dish.

  2. Gather all your ingredients—don’t forget the butter and lemon!

  3. Prepare a delicious seafood dinner fit for a summer evening.

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