Lobster tail is a sweet and luxurious dish that we often reserve for special occasions. Whether it’s steamed, grilled to perfection, or baked in butter, lobster tail makes for a decadent meal that never disappoints.
And since lobster is such a decadent dish, you might think you need something equally fancy to pair it with. On the contrary, though, this deliciously sweet lobster is already fabulous on its own.
So it doesn’t take a lot to turn your lobster dinner into a phenomenal feast. The key is to find flavors that won’t overpower your delectable main dish.
Here are 19 side dishes that will transform those lobster tails into an unforgettable meal.
Let’s start with the basics. Butter: the one ingredient that makes everything better. Butter is great with bread, corn, pastries, and as you may have guessed, lobster. When you just don’t have time to make something fancy, or when you are simply too busy to think of a side dish, just take that butter out of the fridge.
Sometimes, all you really need is some well-prepared clarified butter to make your lobster meal extra special. Others are even perfectly happy with simple warm butter! No muss-no fuss!
2. Baked Potato
A simple baked potato is another classic that goes perfectly well with lobster. One more distinct proof that you need nothing fancy to make your lobster dinner extra satisfying. And you know what both lobster and baked potato long for? Butter! So be sure to prepare plenty of butter when preparing this meal.
3. Corn on the Cob
Lobster is sweet, and so is corn. So it only makes sense to serve them together for a delightful dinner. Whether you grill your corn to get that nice char or simply boil it in water, it doesn’t matter – it will taste so good with lobster. Oh and don’t forget to slather it with butter and season with salt and pepper! It makes all the difference in the world.
4. Lobster Bisque
Because there is no such thing as too much lobster. This stunning bisque is oozing with flavor from the lobster, coconut milk, shallots, and tomato paste. As if that weren’t good enough, it’s even better with sweet white wine! Together with lobster tails, lobster bisque makes for a fantastic seafood feast that your guests will never forget.
5. Clam Chowder
Here’s another thick and hearty seafood soup that works well with lobster tails. Just imagine: spoonfuls of tender potato chunks drenched in thick white clam soup served on the side of sweet and juicy lobster tails. It’s pure bliss.
6. Steamed Clams and Mussels
You’re probably sensing a pattern by now, aren’t you? Yup, seafood tastes great with seafood! Clams and mussels have nice and subtle sweet flavors that complement lobster really well. Preparing the side dish is also easy. Just steam the shellfish in water, white wine, shallots, herbs, and a bay leaf for 5 to 6 minutes and it’s done!
They are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and decadent all over. Whether you get it from your favorite bakery or bake them your own, it will taste fabulous with lobster tails. And, since your lobster main doesn’t have the biggest serving size, the addition of a starchy side is perfect. It also gets bonus points because you can use it to soak up all that extra butter on your plate!
8. French Baguettes
From the previous entry, we already know that bread and lobster make a wonderful combination. Apart from biscuits, French baguettes also make for a great side to lobster tails. Its crisp and chewy texture gives a nice contrast to the soft and tender lobster meat. And, don’t feel like you need to limit yourself with store-bought baguettes either, because it’s easy to make. So, go ahead and impress your guests with your very own French baguette!
9. Steamed White Rice
Speaking of starches that will help satisfy your guests, how about a nice simple serving of white rice? It’s filling, easy to cook, and its mild taste helps make the lobster tails shine. Mix some of that clarified butter with that hot bowl of white rice and I bet you’ll ask for seconds.
10. Mac and Cheese
Lobster tail is sweet and meaty, while mac and cheese is rich and creamy. They are both good apart; but they are absolute perfection together.
Here’s a quick tip: the better the cheese, the better the mac and cheese. So, don’t go cheap on the cheese when you make mac and cheese. My top picks are Gouda, Mozzarella, Colby, Swiss, and Monterrey jack. Pick your faves and combine them to make the ultimate side dish!
11. Pasta Salad
Veggie or pasta: can’t decide if you should go for a heavy or light side? Why not go with both? Pasta salad is a hearty Italian dish that gives you a beautiful combination of healthy artichokes and starchy bowtie pasta. With a pasta salad, you will get nutrition and satisfaction in one dish, also known as the perfect balance between good and sinful!
12. Potato Salad
Lobster tails are delicious on their own, but this sweet meat craves for something rich and creamy. And what better fits the bill than a hearty and decadent potato salad? Potatoes, mayonnaise, and lobster? Now that sounds like a perfect combination.
13. Green Salad
Finally, a salad that’s made of veggies! As I’ve said, lobster tails are already so elegant and scrumptious, all it takes is a simple chopped salad to round out your meal.
You can add all kinds of leafy greens, veggies, nuts, and dressing you want! The addition of a light side dish is a wonderful contrast to your meaty main.
Here’s another zesty veggie dish that goes well with lobster: coleslaw. This tangy veggie dish gives a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of lobster meat. Plus, it’s very refreshing – just like lobster tails! Its beautiful summer colors also look fabulous with your main. And, it’s very easy to make!
And since we’re already on the subject of healthy sides, why not talk about other green veggies? Asparagus, broccoli, and green beans are some fantastic veggies that accompany lobster really well.
How about some steamed asparagus with a lemon and olive oil dressing? Or a green beans salad with basil and olive oil? Or perhaps some broccoli topped with parmesan and butter?
16. Veggie Fries
French fries are a classic, but enough about potatoes. How about other veggies instead? They’re healthier than potato and are just as yummy when fried… or roasted! So, how about you slice up some carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips, drizzle them with some olive oil, flavor with salt and pepper, and bake to perfection? These crisp and flavorful veggies will surely brighten up your lobster meal.
17. Surf and Turf
This isn’t technically a side dish, but we all know steak and lobster make a great partnership. This combo is perfect for that fancy dinner you’ve always wanted to have with your partner. It’s elegant, sophisticated, and just oh so delicious.
These are also technically not side dishes, but you can also enhance the flavor of any main by pairing it with the perfect beverage.
For lobster tails, a simple cold mug of beer will do wonders! Get a beer infused with citrus flavors because it complements the sweetness of the lobster really well.
Fruity flavors work well with lobster, so a nice wine or champagne will also taste great with.
Seafood always long for the companionship of a refreshing dessert. Think lemon bars, lemon cheesecake, creme brulee, chocolate mousse, or fresh fruit!