Lobster Dinner Ideas

by Lesley Barker ; Updated August 31, 2017

A lobster dinner is always a special occasion. The rich, meaty shellfish has a sweet taste that makes it a versatile meat for many different recipes. Paired with a white wine, home-made crusty bread and a salad, the meal is both simple and gourmet. Finish it off with a light dessert, and your guests will remember the wonderful meal for a long time.

Recipe Ideas

A lobster bisque or a more hardy lobster chowder makes a great dinner on a cold winter day. Chilled lobster meat in a salad of mixed greens, sliced oranges and onions makes a light dinner on a summer day when it is too hot to cook. Lobster makes a good ingredient for a pasta dish with cream sauce, or as the filling for ravioli. It works as a stuffing for salmon, cooked on the grill and, of course, as the featured ingredient in a traditional boiled lobster dinner.


Crusty, buttered homemade bread taken steaming hot out of the oven goes with every one of these lobster dinner ideas. Because lobster is so rich, the sides that accompany a lobster dinner should be simple and light, like a baked potato, corn on the cob, green salad or steamed vegetables. For grilled, boiled and steamed lobster, serve clarified butter for dipping along with sliced lemon.

Beverages & Dessert

Lobster goes well with the chilled white wines like Riesling and Chardonnay. For people who don't drink alcohol, serve mineral water, lemonade or iced tea. Make a very light dessert, like lemon sherbet, sliced fresh fruit or shortbread cookies.

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About the Author

Lesley Barker, director of the Bolduc House Museum, authored the books "St. Louis Gateway Rail—The 1970s," published by Arcadia, and the "Eye Can Too! Read" series of vision-related e-books. Her articles have appeared in print and online since the 1980s. Barker holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Washington University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University.