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12 Best Lobster Appetizers

Is there anything better to start a meal than lobster appetizers?

Whether you eat it once a week or only get to enjoy it now and then, lobster is a delicacy, and when cooking it, you want to make sure you do it justice. 

With these 12 lobster appetizers, you won’t have to worry about that. Each one is full of delicious flavor, and if you’re a true lobster fan, you’ll love them all.

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The only real question is, “Which of these lobster appetizers do you feel like having tonight?”

You could always keep it simple with the mini-lobster rolls or the cheesy cheddar lobster dip. 

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, though, you might want to try one of the lesser-known recipes, like lobster nachos or lobster jalapeno poppers.

Either way, don’t worry; you’ll get the chance to try them all. After all, that gives you the perfect excuse to buy more lobster!

1. Cheesy Cheddar Lobster Dip

Whether you serve it with chips, chopped veggies, crackers, or something else, baked cheese dip always makes a fantastic appetizer.

When that warm, gooey cheese dip includes lobster meat, shallots, and tons of herbs and spices, it’s even better. 

Packed with Romano, cheddar, and cream cheeses, this dip is supremely cheesy, and the bold umami flavor of the lobster combines brilliantly with all the different herbs. 

If you’re looking for a before-dinner treat that lets your guests know how high class you are, this is the dip for you.

2. Lobster Bites

If southern chefs have taught us anything, it’s that everything tastes better when you deep-fry it. And that includes lobster!

Whether it’s the rich, bold taste of the lobster tail or the garlic and spice from the tempura batter, you’ll find something about these bites to enjoy.

3. Lobster Rangoon

If you always head straight for the rangoons at your local Chinese buffet, this recipe is perfect for you.

These rangoons are perfectly crispy on the outside and warm and meaty on the inside.

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Best of all, you can make 30 of these delicious, deep-fried delicacies in only 40 minutes, using fewer than 10 ingredients. 

Set them out with an array of dipping sauces, and grab a few quickly before they’re all gone.

4. Hot Lobster Roll Dip 

This creamy, cheesy hot lobster roll dip has it all. 

It’s packed with flavorful herbs, made with gruyere, parmesan, and cream cheeses, and topped with crunchy potato chips!

Even without the lobster, this dip would be a hit.

The lobster, though, makes it taste even better. It provides a meaty, umami flavor that’ll have you groaning in pleasure.

Did I mention the dip is gooey and bubbly, too? Yum1

5. Mini-Lobster Rolls

These have always looked a bit odd to me, but if the way they fly off the plate is any indication, their strange appearance doesn’t make people like them any less. 

The sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls pairs nicely with the seafood flavor of the lobster, but the real treats in these are the “extras!”

The Old Bay seasoning, butter, cayenne pepper, sea salt, dijon mustard, and chives give them an incredible flavor that’s almost too good to be true.

6. Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites

If you love bite-sized appetizers that pack a mountain of flavor in a mouthful, you’ll go nuts for these lobster mac and cheese bites.

The lobster is well-seasoned and tender, and the three-cheese sauce makes the macaroni melt-in-your-mouth good. 

Once you add in the crunchy breadcrumb crust, it’s game over for these tasty treats. They’re in a league of their own.

7. Phyllo Cream Cheese Lobster Cups

Succulent lobster, herby cream cheese, crunchy bacon, and thin and crispy phyllo dough shells? Where do I sign up?! 

Seriously, though, these miniature cups are phenomenal! 

In addition to all that yumminess, each includes Colby and sharp cheddar cheeses, onion and garlic powders, horseradish, and just a dash of Worcestershire sauce for that added depth of flavor.

If you’re making these for game day appetizers, they won’t make it past the first quarter.

8. Lobster Nachos

The idea of lobster nachos may take some getting used to, but once you try them, you’ll never hesitate to make them again.

Just imagine your perfect plate of smoky, grilled nachos – the light, crispy chips, spicy jalapenos, hearty black beans, and warm, runny cheese covering everything.

Now imagine that same plate with big, juicy chunks of lobster tail mixed in with all the rest. When you picture it that way, it doesn’t sound so bad, does it? You’re welcome!

9. Lobster Jalapeno Poppers

These spicy, creamy poppers take only 5 minutes to prepare and another 10 to cook, which is excellent if you need last-minute appetizers. 

They have everything you love about jalapeno poppers – cheese, chives, bacon, cream cheese, etc. – along with four ounces of finely chopped lobster.

These tasty treats are where south of the border heat meets New England coastline umami. They’re pretty much the perfect party snack.

10. Lobster Deviled Eggs

Unbelievably creamy and flavored with homemade lobster, these lobster deviled eggs are the appetizer that no one knew they needed until they tried them.

Now, they can’t get enough. 

You can whip up a dozen in about an hour, and all you’ll need are eggs, lobster tail, salt, Old Bay seasoning, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, mayo, chopped parsley, and hot sauce.

They’re deviled eggs like you’ve never had them before, a bit spicy and packed with lobster, seafood seasonings, and fresh herbs.

11. Lobster Roll Bruschetta

If you’re looking for an appetizer for your favorite Italian meal, you’ll have to try lobster roll bruschetta.

It pairs the robust flavor of seafood with fresh garden veggies for an unbeatable combination.

You’ll pile each piece of toasted French bread high with Roma tomatoes, celery, parsley, basil, shallots, chunks of lobster tail, and more.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

12. Lobster Roll Sliders

This fun, unique recipe just goes to show you that there really is nothing you can’t turn into a slider! 

Make the lobster filling first by mixing the lobster, tarragon, mayo, celery, creme fraiche, lemon zest, shallot, pickle, salt, and pepper. 

Then give it some time to chill before making the sliders; that affords all the flavors plenty of time to blend. 

Once the mixture is ready, start with soft Hawaiian sweet rolls. Butter and toast them until you have them just right.

Then, fill them with the scrumptious lobster filling. 

That’s all it takes! In about 20 minutes, you can have a dozen of the most delicious lobster-packed sliders you’ve ever tasted! 

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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