What to Serve with Lobster Tails
Lobster is such a treat, especially the sweet and succulent tail, that when it comes to what to serve it with, it can be a bit of a dilemma. You don’t want to overwhelm all that delicate and delicious flavor but serving up a side with your lush lobster shouldn’t mean you go bland and boring. We take a look at what to serve with lobster tails, including the best sides to complement the seafood flavor as well as some full-on, lobster lux dishes to wow your dinner guests.
Best Way to Cook Your Lobster Tails
Lobster is seen as a luxury and one to expect on a restaurant’s high-end menu, but it’s also relatively easy to cook at home. And as a special treat for a family occasion, a romantic meal for two, or even a centerpiece at a summer barbecue, serving lobster can take your standing as a home chef to a whole new level.
While there’s so much flavorsome meat on a lobster, including the claws and legs, for sheer succulence, convenience, and all-round decadence, lobster tail dishes are absolutely delicious and the foodie way to go. With all the sweetness of claw meat but with a firmer texture and more substantial meat, the lobster tail is seafood like no other.
When it comes to the best way to cook your lobster tails, freshly steamed, served with a butter sauce, lemon wedges and a little chopped parsley is your starting point for something truly delicious. You can then dress your meal up or down, depending on your preferences and occasion.
What Goes Good With Lobster Tails?
The secret to serving your lobster tails is to use sides that complement rather than overpower the sweet, delicate flavor of the lobster meat, while still adding taste and interest to your plate. So, whether you want to go for simple or something a little more fancy, here’s what we think are some of the best dishes to serve up with your lobster tails:
Butter and Crusty Bread
Sometimes less is more and when it comes to lobster tails, there’s nothing wrong in underplaying it. Lobster and butter are the perfect combination, with the butter bringing out the sweetness of the meat and creating a creamy taste sensation. Serve with a simple side of melted butter for a rustic meal or add flavor by making a parsley, garlic or lemon butter sauce. Make sure you use the best quality butter and always clarify it first to create a smooth, creamy sauce. And no lobster tail and butter sauce supper would be complete without crusty bread to mop up all those juices.
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Steamed Clams or Mussels
One of the best ways to create a light lobster tail supper is to actually double up on the seafood. Clams or mussels complement the sweetness of the lobster beautifully and bring out that stunning taste of the sea that will have you almost licking your plate. Make a simple seafood broth by gently steaming the clams and mussels in white wine, water, shallots, a bay leave, and some herbs or garlic and parsley. Cook for around 5-6 minutes and then serve, either as a side dish or on a large platter with your butter-braised lobster and sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley. Some sourdough to mop up the juices is the perfect finishing touch.
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is the perfect simple side dish for lobster tail as it is both sweet and buttery and works with the lobster flavor like a dream. And, if you put down the cutlery and just dig into your dinner plate with your fingers, you can take a simple corn and lobster dish to a whole new sensory level! You can choose to keep the corn simple and buttery, grill for an extra smoky taste or style it up to add extra interest and subtle new flavors. Spread the cooked corn with goat’s cheese and sprinkle with fresh herbs or roll the buttery cob in grated parmesan cheese and seal in a griddle pan to bring a little piquancy to your dish.
Fresh Salad and Coleslaw
A fresh salad is a wonderful side for lobster tails, especially during the summer as it brings the zingy flavors of the Mediterranean to your buttery seafood dish without clashing with all its richness. Opt for a simple tomato and cucumber salad, drizzled with garlic or light mustard dressing to give it a tart and savory flavor. Toss in more of your favorite salad ingredients if you wish, just choose them for freshness. Alternatively, a Caesar Salad works incredibly well with the creaminess of your lobster tail, thanks to the crunchiness of the romaine lettuce and the garlic and parmesan of the Caesar dressing. Another side option that works beautifully with your lobster tail is a crunchy homemade coleslaw, especially if it has a touch of orange or lemon zest.
Serve With Greens
Ever thought of adding a side dish of lobster tail so your family eats their greens? Joking part, green vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, and broccoli taste amazing with the sweetness of lobster and work beautifully as a simply cooked side dish to bring your meal together. Steamed asparagus griddled for added flavor and then drizzled with a lemon and olive oil dressing or served with a light aioli is a lobster tail side dish to die for. Or make a chopped tomatoes and blanched green beans salad, dressed with olive oil, seasoning, and roughly shredded basil. And any green veg such as broccoli tastes divine tossed in melted butter and grated parmesan.
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Mac and Cheese
Surely the ultimate comfort food is lobster tail, with a creamy side of mac and cheese? And the bonus is, this combo tastes awesome! While you could add your diced lobster tail to the macaroni and cheese for a one pot dish, we say keep them separate and let the flavors merge as you eat. The richness of the mac and cheese only adds to the lobster flavor and brings out all that sweetness even more. Opt for quality cheeses for your sauce – we’re thinking mascarpone, gruyere and mature cheddar for a creamy, sharp and smooth taste.
Surf n Turf
We finish with a classic that will get your taste-buds going just thinking about it! Succulent steak and sweet lobster tail are a dinner match made in heaven and the trick is not to overdo it so the two remain the stars of the dining show. Rib-eye or beef tenderloin work really well with the creamy, delicate lobster, just match your side to the way you cook the meat. If you are pan frying the steak and adding a butter sauce to the lobster, then grilled asparagus or broccoli with grated parmesan and a squeeze of lemon with work beautifully with all that sauce while you can create a stunning taste contrast to barbecue grilled steak and lobster by adding a fresh green salad with tomatoes and a sharp vinaigrette.
Decadent, rich and totally delicious – if you want to go the whole nine yards with your lobster tails, then this is the dish to serve.