Sometimes It’s difficult to know what to serve with lobster tails. After all, you don’t want the side dishes to compete with the star of the meal when it’s this special.
The best side dishes complement the main dish, especially when it’s a lobster dinner, which is a delightfully decadent meal simply because it’s lobster.
Whether you’re serving lobster tails or whole lobster, it’s best to offer a simple side or two. And then finish off with dessert to take it to the next level of perfection.
In addition to what to serve with lobster tails, I have one of the easiest recipes below in the printable recipe card.
Perfect Balance for a Special Occasion
All kinds of special occasions call for something you don’t eat every day. Whether it’s romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day, a special date night, someone’s birthday, or just a special dinner to make someone happy, lobster is a great thing to elevate the occasion.
I like a balance of foods that go with the sweet meat of lobster. For example, I serve either a salad or some sort of green vegetable and a starch. Sometimes I add bread.
Keep in mind that the best sides can be easy to make. And the perfect side dish is the one you like the most.
Serve a couple of lemon wedges for each lobster tail. A lot of people enjoy squeezing lemon juice over any type of seafood.
The same goes with your drink. Serve your favorite beverage with your lobster dinner, and you’ll enjoy it more.
Most experts say you should serve a dry white wine with lobster. But if you prefer red wine, ignore “the rules” and serve that.
Lobster Tail Recipe
There are so many different lobster tail recipes, and most of them are good. In fact I would say that the best lobster recipes are the ones you can easily make and enjoy eating.
Mine is an easy recipe that only requires a few things: lobster tails (of course), salted butter, lemon juice, a sharp pair of kitchen shears, and a baking sheet.
Butterfly the lobster tails using kitchen shears. Then brush the mixture of butter and lemon juice over the meat before you broil it to perfection.
See the full recipe with measurements and directions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Sauces and Dips
First of all, remember that the sweet taste of lobster tail meat is enhanced and made even better with dips or sauces.
I think the most popular dip is melted butter. Present it in a small bowl near the lobster so it’s ready to bathe each bite of lobster meat. Yum!
You can add seasonings to the butter to make it even better. We enjoy garlic butter with lobster tails.
It’s also delicious with fresh herbs mixed in. I enjoy adding a little bit of thyme or rosemary to the butter.
Another delicious sauce that’s surprisingly good is this buttermilk ranch dressing. Or you can save it for your salad.
Salads to Go with a Lobster Dinner
Almost any type of fresh salad is good with lobster, although some are better than others. Here are some of my favorites:
This delicious coleslaw has just the right amount of crunch and creaminess to satisfy you tastebuds.
And it’s the perfect side salad to go with any type of lobster.
Creamy Pasta Salad
There are all kinds of pasta salad you might enjoy.
This creamy macaroni salad goes particularly well with any kind of seafood.
Sometimes the best side dish for a special meal is a simple green salad with romaine, leaf lettuce, or arugula, some tomatoes, and your favorite salad dressing.
The best potato salad I ever tasted was my mother’s.
In fact, it was always the first thing to disappear from the salad table at potluck buffets.
Mix this creamy Caesar dressing from Southern bite with romaine lettuce for an amazingly delicious salad. You can add other things to it, but it’s not necessary.
Vegetables to Serve with Lobster Tails
I always recommend adding a vegetable to any meal, whether it’s a fancy dinner or a simple lunch. It not only adds visual interest, but it also provides more nutrition that you need in your diet.
Here are some really good veggies that we enjoy with steamed or broiled fresh lobster tails:
We love green beans cooked all kinds of ways.
The recipe I typically make for special occasions is this yummy deluxe green bean casserole. It adds a festive touch to the meal without overpowering the main dish.
You can make these delicious roasted Brussels sprouts in the oven, air fryer, or even your toaster oven.
The crispy outside gives way to the tender middle in the most delicious way.
Take your zucchini cooking skills to a whole new level of yumminess.
If you like cheese and garlic, you’ll love this garlic zucchini parmesan.
Of all the veggie fries I make, these are my favorite.
They’e delicious whether you make them in the oven or air fryer.
One of the things I love about butternut squash is that it’s both delicious and nutritious.
This recipe is also super easy, making it a total winner.
Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Rice, and Pasta
There are so many different methods of preparing potatoes and rice, you’ll never run out of delicious ways to serve them.
Here are some we like—each packed with delicious flavor and nutrition:
Buttermilk Garlic Mashed Potatoes
When you want a smooth texture to go with a lot of flavor, make these buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes.
It’s a delicious side dish to serve with lobster tails … or any other form of lobster, for that matter.
We like sweet potatoes, no matter how they’re cooked!
These honey roasted sweet potatoes have just enough extra sweetness to make your tastebuds very happy.
If you’re trying to figure out what to serve with lobster tails, try this yummy onion seasoned rice.
It’s a great side dish for any type of seafood.
Honey Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Honey and mustard come together in the most delicious way with these roasted potatoes.
This dish is easy to make, and it’s always a huge hit with everyone who tries it.
Simple Baked Potato
Don’t forget about the simple baked potato. Serve it with butter, sour cream, chives, or whatever you like. It’s a great addition to any special dinner.
This classic dish is also a favorite comfort food. And there’s a reason for that. It’s a simple recipe that’s absolutely delicious.
If you want to make it even richer than it already is, use coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.
Breads to Serve with Lobster Tails
My mother never ate a meal without some sort of bread. She loved loaf bread, rolls, biscuits, and cornbread.
Here are some tasty types of bread to serve with your lobster tails:
Actually, any crusty bread pairs well with a lobster dinner. It’s good with butter or your favorite olive oil dip. You can pick up a loaf of French bread at most grocery stores.
If you need a gluten-free bread option, make this super easy cloud bread.
It’s light as a cloud (hence, the name), and it’s a very satisfying option for those who have to avoid flour.
My friend Julie makes dinner rolls that are another perfect bread for your lobster dinner. Everything she cooks is delicious, so give this one a try.
When I was growing up, I could always count on my grandparents having this delicious skillet cornbread on the table. It’s a great side for any meal, including seafood dinners.
Dessert Ideas for a Lobster Dinner
Complete the meal with any of these scrumptious desserts. Some require advanced preparation, while others are quick and easy.
Here are some delicious desserts you’ll love:
Sweet, creamy, and tangy, this is a delicious dessert that provides the perfect ending to your meal.
My mom used to make it. In fact, I think everyone’s mom or grandmother made it because back in the day it was the recipe on the back of the sweetened condensed milk can.
I love brownies, and I love waffles. So it stands to reason that I love these brownie waffles.
The little crevices provide the perfect resting place for the ice cream, syrup, and whatever else you choose to top them with.
Although I’ve never liked the word “dump” to be associated with my desserts, I can tell you that this is truly one of the best desserts ever.
And trust me when I say the only place you’ll want to dump this one is in your mouth. It’s absolutely delicious!
For the perfect balance of tart and sweet, make this yummy lemon cheesecake from My Baking Addiction.
Yum, yum, and more yum!
This decadently sweet and tasty treat will satisfy your sweet tooth like nothing else possibly can.
Seriously, how can you go wrong with the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans?
Easy Lobster Tail Recipe
Serve these lobster tails to make any special occasion even better!
- Two 5-ounce lobster tails
- 2 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Using sharp kitchen shears, cut the shell from the open end of the lobster to the fins. Don’t cut past where the fins begin.
- Spread the shell open. Carefully lift the lobster meat out of the shell, but leave the meat attached to the fins.
- Place the prepared lobster on the baking sheet, meat side up.
- Whisk the melted butter and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Brush the mixture over the lobster meat.
- Broil the lobster tails on 500˚ F for about 10 minutes.
- Serve with more melted butter.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 158mgSodium 413mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 38g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.