Here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. there is nothing we love more than lobster. However, unless you plan on eating lobster and only lobster (which wouldn’t be so bad, come to think of it), you’re going to need ideas for some delicious side dishes to go along with it.
Here are a few of the classic accompaniments to enjoy with our favorite crustacean:
Rolls or Bread
The best rolls for lobster are crusty on the outside, yet warm and soft on the inside. Rolls are key for those who don’t consider a meal complete without a proper starch. You can even use the bread to sop up the tasty lobster juices to make the experience last just a little bit longer.
In New England, cornbread is also quite popularly served with lobster. Here is one of our favorite cornbread recipes to pair with fresh Maine lobster:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400ºF
- Grease 8×8″ pan
- Beat mike, butter and eggs in a large bowl
- Stop in remaining ingredients until flour is moistened
- Pour batter into greased pan
- Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown
Recipe from Betty Crocker. Makes 12 servings.
Corn on the Cob
Of course, rather than baking it into bread, you could serve whole corn, right on the cob. It’s one of the most popular lobster side dishes, and seems to make an appearance in every lobster photograph or restaurant experience. Corn on the cob is commonly sliced in half and boiled for a more reasonable portion of the sweet flavor that blends perfectly with fresh Maine lobster tails.
- Shuck the corn husks
- Boil water in a large pot
- Drop the corn in the boiling water
- Cover the pot and cook the corn for 4-8 minutes
The best thing about potatoes is that you can cook them any way you want, and they’ll still turn out delicious. A baked potato with butter goes perfectly with a lobster(also with butter!). Boiled potatoes are, like corn on the cob, another old standby. And really, what’s a better sidekick than mashed potatoes made with garlic?
If you are ordering lobster for dinner, we recommend pairing this mashed potato recipe with the dish.
- 2 lbs potatoes (peeled and quartered)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to boil
- Add potatoes and cook 15 minutes – until tender but still firm – then drain
- Heat butter and milk over low heat until melted together
- Slowly blend milk and butter mixture into potatoes using a potato masher or electric beater
- Season with salt and pepper
Recipe from allrecipes.com. Makes 4 servings.
A vegetable salad provides a fresh, crunchy contrast with the rich and savory taste of lobster. For that reason, make a salad that’s not too rich or complex. You can toss it in your favorite dressing, or allow everyone to choose their own. Fresh, green vegetable alternatives to salad include beans, peas and asparagus.
Of course, the best side dish of all for pairing with lobster is more seafood! Scallops are the most common offering, but shrimp can be served as well. Crab cakes and seafood chowders can also take your lobster dinner to the next level.
Directions for Scallops:
- Pat scallops dry
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
- Heat butter or olive oil in a pan
- Add scallops to the pan in a single layer
- Cook scallops for two minutes, flip and cook for another two minutes
Recipe from thekitchn.com.
Ingredients for Garlic Butter Shrimp:
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 lbs shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons parsley
Directions for Garlic Butter Shrimp:
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet
- Add shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Cook 2-3 minutes (until pink) then set aside
- Add garlic to skillet, cooking until fragrant
- Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half (about 2 minutes)
- Stir in remaining butter until melted and smooth
- Stir in shrimp
- Garnish with parsley
Recipe from damndelicious.net. Makes 4 servings.