Lobster tails are a luxurious meal. They’re subtly sweet and so exquisite! So when you want to pair them with a side dish, you only need something simple and hearty that will not overshadow the decadent taste of lobster tails. You want something that will complement the seafood and can still hold its own.
Confused about where to start? Take a look at this curated list of 25 stunning side dishes for lobster tails that can make your dinner irresistible.
A simple salad is the perfect pairing for rich seafood. To make this tossed green salad, combine mixed greens or lettuce, shelled sunflower seeds, crumbled bacon or bacon bits, red onion, and cucumber in a dressing made of Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, seasonings, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges for an added zing!
Four ingredients and half an hour are all it takes to make this simple, yet mouth-wateringly delicious side dish. Just cook baby carrots with butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup until fork-tender. This easy side dish pairs wonderfully with the buttery lobster tail and will be adored by everyone at the table!
Creamy sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, salty gruyere cheese — this rich casserole will get your mouth watering. The contrast in flavor profiles in this dish will work exemplary well with the sweetness of lobster tails. You can also enjoy this rich, creamy delight as a standalone to keep you warm during the chilly months.
Lobster tails paired with cheesy breadsticks — that’s a winning meal! Bake this gluten-free, low-carb side dish with riced cauliflower, eggs, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and garlic until golden brown, then top with more mozzarella cheese and bake until gooey and melted. Slice and serve to enjoy!
Nothing complements seafood better than more seafood! To make this crunchy, crisp calamari, coat the cleaned squid in a seasoned cornmeal breading mix, fry until crispy golden, and sprinkle some salt on top if needed. Serve with lemon and a delicious marinara sauce for dipping!
#6. Clam Chowder
A thick and hearty dish to perfectly elevate your lobster tails, this recipe calls for drenching spoonfuls of silky potato chunks in thick white clam soup loaded with veggies, chopped bacon, herbs, and seasonings. It’s a mouthwatering dish that’ll have everyone reaching for seconds!
This side dish made with clams and mussels has a pleasant, subtle sweetness to it that compliments the flavor profile of lobster tails to near perfection. To prepare, steam the shellfish in a flavorful broth until they open. Add a little more wine, squeeze some lemon, sprinkle some red pepper flakes, and serve!
Serve the sweet and meaty lobster tails with this creamy mac and cheese for an indulgent meal. Use a combination of your favorite cheeses (think gouda, mozzarella, smoked gouda, Swiss) to create a rich cheese sauce to coat the macaroni with. A simple recipe to create a timeless classic!
A simple, hearty homemade baguette offers a crisp texture that pairs deliciously with the delicate, tender lobster meat. And it’s made with just 4 ingredients — water, yeast, flour, and salt! Once baked to crusty brown perfection, serve warm with fresh lobster tails.
Tuck into this rich and creamy, this delectable potato salad made with potatoes, vinegar, sour cream, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, red onion, celery stalks, dill pickle, hard-boiled eggs, and fresh herbs as you indulge in lobster tails. Friendly tip: consider refrigerating the salad for about 30 minutes to let the flavors develop more.
Crisp, buttery soft, and so tender, these homemade biscuits work nicely as a side since they don’t overpower the exquisite flavors of lobster tail. To enjoy, brush the biscuits with melted salted butter while they’re still warm. One bite and these scrumptious biscuits will easily make you ditch the store-bought variety!
Skip the French fries for something more hearty, healthy, and even more delicious. This recipe calls for flavoring simple root veggies with fresh garlic and a pinch of salt and roasting them in the oven until crispy and tender. Serve hot!
In just 5 minutes, you can make this nutritious and flavorful meal! How’s that for a quick side dish? Cook baby spinach with minced garlic, vegetable oil, and salt, and top it off with bonito flakes to make it look as good as it tastes. Serve with lobster tails for a healthy, hearty dinner.
#14. Grilled Caesar Salad
A smokey spin on the classic, this grilled Caesar salad recipe calls for searing romaine lettuce on the barbeque until lightly charred. Then, add a drizzle of homemade Caesar dressing, freshly cracked pepper, croutons, and parmesan cheese, and serve! It’s a refreshing side to a meat lobster tail meal.
Take basic butternut squash to new heights with the Hasselback technique. Equal parts sweet and savory, this recipe calls for seasoning Hasselback butternut squash with your favorite flavors like maple pecan and brown butter sage. It’s simple but elegant enough to complement a succulent meal like lobster tails.
These Italian-style dumplings are made with potatoes, flour, salt, and egg and tossed in a simple tomato sauce to create an appetizing accompaniment to the lobster tails. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top, and store leftovers, if any, in the freezer for later use.
Corn and seafood is a classic pairing that you simply can’t beat! To make, boil the corn in water, slather it with butter, and season to taste. The flavor and texture of the corn on the cob are simply enchanting and will add a nice flair to your lobster tail.
A simple bowl of rice is the perfect, no-fuss accompaniment to your lobster tail. But why keep it bland when you uplift this grain to lemony, flavorful goodness! All you have to do is sauté rice with onion and garlic before cooking it with stock or rice. Once done, add lime juice and cilantro and fluff up the rice a little before serving!
#19. Lobster Bisque
What’s better than lobster? More lobster, of course! This creamy, smooth bisque recipe — made with lobster tails, onion, garlic, celery, dry white wine, Worcestershire sauce, lobster stock, tomato paste, heavy cream, butter, and spices — is practically bursting with seafood flavors.
If you’re hosting a seafood dinner, this dish paired with your lobster tails will give you that dreamy indulgent 5-star dinner experience!
The ultra-delicious flavors of lemon, thyme, and garlic on roasted cauliflower scream perfection. Even if you’re not a huge fan of this vegetable, the flavor profile of this dish is sure to change your mind. Bake till golden brown, then serve with yummy lobster tails for an appetizing meal.
#21. Perfect Baked Potato
A baked potato can make your lobster dinner ultra-comforting and filling. Salt-crusted, brown and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the insides, and topped with a pat of butter or a dollop of sour cream? Sheer perfection! These bad boys can also be loaded up with other toppings and served as a stand-alone dinner.
Cook broccoli and asparagus with a dab of butter and a sprinkle of parmesan on top to make a hearty, flavorful side dish to go with your lobster tail. This recipe takes less than 14 minutes to prepare, perfect to add as a side dish to your seafood menu when you’re short on time.
#23. Simple Healthy Slaw
This vibrant side dish — made with sliced purple and green cabbage, shredded carrots, chopped parsley, and mixed seeds tossed in a zesty lemon dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ground cumin, and salt — will provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of lobster tails. What’s more? This gluten-free, vegan recipe takes just 20 minutes to prepare!
A hearty Italian dish, this pasta salad is the perfect side dish for your lobster tail main course. Made with pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, spicy salami, Italian dressing, and some more seasonings, it’s a tantalizing recipe that’ll make top charts in your summer cuisine.
Here’s a fresh, summery salad that will add a refreshing element to your meaty, succulent lobster tail meal. The recipe includes blanched green beans, boiled corn, beans, bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, basil, and parsley, all tossed together in a zingy vinaigrette made with olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix well and serve!