Festive Seafood: How to Dress Up Your Lobster for the Holiday Table

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and, of course, fantastic food. While traditional holiday fare often leans towards turkey, ham, or roast beef, incorporating seafood, especially lobster, can elevate your festive table to a new level of elegance and flavor. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to dress up your lobster for the holiday table, making it not just a meal, but a show-stopping centerpiece of your festive feast.

Selecting the Perfect Lobster

The first step in preparing a festive lobster dish is selecting high-quality lobsters. For a truly impressive display, consider larger lobsters – their size not only makes for a grand presentation but also offers more succulent meat. If you’re not near the coast, no worries. You can order live lobsters from trusted suppliers like Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., who can ship them overnight to ensure freshness.

Preparing Your Lobster

Whether you choose to boil, steam, or grill your lobster, the key is to maintain its natural flavors and tenderness.

Boiling and Steaming

Boiling and steaming are the most traditional methods. They are simple yet effective in cooking lobsters evenly while retaining their succulent texture. Remember, the cooking time varies depending on the size of the lobster. A typical 1-1.5 lb. lobster usually takes about 12-15 minutes to boil and 15-20 minutes to steam.

Grilling for Added Flavor

Grilling lobster can add a delightful smokiness that’s perfect for a holiday meal. Split the lobsters down the middle, brush with butter or olive oil, and place them on a preheated grill. Grill them shell side down for about 5-7 minutes, then flip for another 4-5 minutes.

Dressing Up Your Lobster

The presentation is key in making your lobster festive. Here are some ideas to make your lobster dish holiday-ready:

Create a Seafood Platter

Arrange whole lobsters on a large platter with an assortment of seafood like shrimp, scallops, and mussels. Garnish with lemon wedges, fresh herbs (like dill or parsley), and edible flowers for a colorful and festive display.

Lobster Tail Fan

For a more refined presentation, consider lobster tail fans. Remove the cooked meat from the tail, slice it, and fan it out on the shell. Serve each tail on individual plates, garnished with a sprig of rosemary or thyme.

Festive Butter Sauces

Melted butter is a classic lobster accompaniment. Give it a festive twist by infusing it with ingredients like garlic, lemon zest, or herbs. You can also offer a selection of flavored butters – think tarragon, saffron, or even a hint of chili for those who enjoy a bit of spice.

Pairing with Sides

Choosing the right side dishes can complement your lobster and complete your festive meal:

  • Roasted Vegetables: Seasonal vegetables like Brussels sprouts, carrots, or parsnips roasted with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Winter Salads: A salad with winter greens, nuts, and a vinaigrette dressing can offer a fresh contrast to the rich lobster meat.
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and flavorful, they pair wonderfully with lobster’s texture and taste.

Wine Pairings

A great wine can elevate your lobster dish even further. Opt for white wines like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, which complement the rich flavors of the lobster. If you prefer red, go for a lighter variety like Pinot Noir.

Adding a Touch of Holiday Cheer

Don’t forget the small details that can bring holiday cheer to your table:

  • Festive Table Decor: Coordinate your tablecloth, napkins, and decorations to match the holiday theme.
  • Candles and Lighting: Soft lighting or candles can create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Holiday Music: A background of holiday tunes can set the mood for your festive feast.


Dressing up your lobster for the holiday table is not just about cooking; it’s about creating an experience that your family and guests will remember. With fresh, high-quality lobster and a touch of creativity in preparation and presentation, you can transform your holiday meal into a festive and luxurious dining experience.

For the finest Maine lobsters to star in your holiday celebrations, contact Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. at 1.800.967.4268. We ensure the best selection of seafood, delivered right to your door, to make your holiday gatherings both delicious and memorable. Happy holidays and bon appétit!