Skip the expensive steak and lobster houses and try one of these lobster dinner ideas at home! Great for holiday meals, date night, or any time of the week! For more seafood recipes see my Seafood page!
There’s no need to travel to a fancy seafood restaurant to enjoy a delicious lobster dinner. You can easily prepare your own at home using these elegant and flavorful options.
I’ve always skipped buying lobster at the store because I’ve always thought it was hard prepare or it was too expensive. The only time I eat it now is from a random food truck that is in our area. Well that is all going to change after researching the recipes in this post!
These food bloggers make it look super easy to make a restaurant lobster dish at home!
Tips for Purchasing Lobsters:
- Make sure the raw tail meat is white, not discolored; like green or yellow or have injuries odd looking spots or other strange discolorations.
- Prepackaged lobster can sometimes be filled with fillers to increase it weight. Check the packaging for that so you do not overpay.
How to thaw Lobster Tails
Thaw lobster tails in the refrigerator overnight. Make sure to add a dish or pan underneath the lobster to drain any liquids from them while thawing.
To thaw same day of use, add them to a plastic bag and place it in a large bowl of cold water for 1-2 hours. Weigh the bag down to submerge the tails under the water or flip the bag every 30 minutes so it thaws out evenly.
How to Cook Lobster Tails
There are lots of ways to cook lobster. The easiest and most popular way is steaming. Do not overcook. Use a thermometer and cook to 140° F. The times below are not exact because it depends on the size of the tails. See the recipe below on the best way to cook the tails to fit the recipes.
- Steaming & Boiling: Take about from 5 to 15 minutes.
- Grilling: Takes about 8 minutes.
- Baking: Takes about 8-10 minutes.
- Broiling: Be careful using this method you can overcook the tails or dry them out.
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Lobster Dinner Ideas to Make at Home
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There are a few different ways to make soups or stews with lobster. The most popular, and likely the most familiar, is bisque. Bisque is a rich and creamy soup made with shellfish or crustaceans. Here is a great collection of bisques, stews and chowders with lobster.
Cooking lobster pasta dishes is a great way to impress your guests at your next dinner party. Whether you are looking for a simple and straightforward recipe or something more complex, there is sure to be a lobster pasta dish that fits the bill.
The lobster roll is an iconic New England dish. The lobster meat is placed on a toasted bun and then dressed with mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery salt. It can be served either cold or hot. Here are some fun varieties to try!
If you’re a fan of lobster, or looking to add some new, delicious lobster dishes to your repertoire, then this recipe collection is for you! Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two, or a show-stopping dish for a party or gathering, we’ve got the perfect lobster recipe for you.
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MAKE AHEAD: Place them in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
FREEZER: For best quality, lobster should be frozen uncooked. Freeze the lobster whole, or clean it and freeze just shell portions that contain the edible meat.
I hope these lobster dinner ideas have inspired you to cook or prepare something new. They are also a great way to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. If you have never cooked lobster before, don’t worry. There are plenty of recipes online that can walk you through the process step-by-step. Enjoy!