How to Put on a Fancy Lobster Dinner at Home
With everything you and your loved ones have been through over the last couple of years, you all deserve to enjoy an upscale fancy lobster dinner, don’t you think? With the pandemic, inflation, and everything in between, it’s past time that you treat yourselves to a delicious lobster dinner with the most flavorful sides.
Why Choose Fresh Lobster?Whether you used to live in New England and have moved away (and boy, do you miss the fresh seafood), or you’ve always lived elsewhere and just love the stuff, lobster is the go-to for fancy dinners at home.
It's HealthyLobster, and seafood in general, is often much healthier than many other dinner foods. Lobster is also rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including:
- Various B vitamins
It’s VersatileLobster is extremely versatile and can be paired beautifully with all kinds of side dishes and drinks. Because of this, there will always be something for everyone at your table for lobster night.
It’s Readily AvailableNo matter where you live, ordering lobster and other seafood from Lobsters Online guarantees that you will always have the freshest foods. When you order lobster online from us, you’ll get seafood straight from the coast delivered to your address overnight.
Planning Your Fancy Lobster Dinner MenuIf you’ve sent the invitations for your fancy lobster dinner, you will need to know how to pull everything together (and what to pull together) to make your feast a delicious success. We’re here to help! First, you will need to choose if you will be serving fresh whole lobsters, lobster tails, or dishes with lobster meat in them — or all of the above!
Fresh Whole LobsterIf you’d like to offer fresh-caught live Maine lobsters to your dinner guests, order them from Lobsters Online so they will be as fresh as possible. Don’t schedule the delivery for more than a day or two ahead of your event, and keep the lobsters in their packaging in your refrigerator until you’re ready to cook them. Serving whole lobsters is not only impressive and delicious, but it’s also fun. Lobster has been considered to be a delicacy since the days of the Civil War when the well-to-do would indulge and get their fill of all kinds of seafood. It wasn’t rationed during the war, which meant anyone who could afford it could (and did) enjoy it as much as they wanted. Even soldiers enjoyed it, thanks to the invention of canned lobster. It didn’t take long for the idea of lobster being a high-class food for the wealthy to take hold. Serve your lobster with beautiful clarified butter, and your party will feast like royalty.
Lobster TailsIf you aren’t sure about offering whole lobsters for your dinner, consider Maine lobster tails. Serve them up with buttery sauce or garlic aioli, and it’s a perfect main course. The lobster tail meat is exquisite and a favorite of many seafood aficionados because of its sweet, mild flavor. The meat in the tail is firmer than the meat in lobster claws, making it the top choice for many lobster lovers. Not only that, but the tail also contains substantially more meat than other parts of the lobster, so you can never go wrong with tails.
Lobster DishesOne of the great things about a lobster dinner is that you can offer various dishes that contain Maine lobster meat along with the whole lobster or tails. Just about anything you can think of to offer will leave a great impression on the seafood lovers you will be dining with. Many people enjoy lobster meat in sandwiches, soups, salads, and spreads. (If you’ve never tried lobster Benedict, you’re missing out!) Some of the tried and true classic favorites (like lobster bisque) for you to consider include:
- Lobster roll pasta salad
- Lobster macaroni and cheese
- Lobster cakes
- Lobster summer salad
- Cheesy lobster dip
Side Dishes to Serve with Your Fresh Maine LobsterWhen you're planning a fancy lobster dinner, the key is to pay just as much attention to the side dishes you offer as you do to the main attraction. There are so many delicious possibilities when it comes to side dishes for lobster.
Seafood Side DishesMany side dishes revolve around other types of seafood, such as Cape Cod oysters, various fish, or scallops (wrapped in bacon, please). Have you ever tried stuffed quahogs? Quahogs are a species of hard-shell clams that are usually found in New England clam chowders and po’ boys. Serve ours up with butter, and you’ll be so glad you tried them! Some other seafood ideas that are awesome choices to serve with lobster include mussels, shrimp, mahimahi, or tuna steaks.
Non-Seafood SidesAs long as you have your lobster as the main attraction, there’s nothing wrong with opting for side dishes that are without seafood! Some of the most popular upscale side dishes that are perfect pairs with lobster include:
- Herbed pasta salad
- Grilled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
- Buttery brioche bread
- Maple-glazed baby carrots
- Grilled vegetable salad
- Butternut squash
- Stir-fried garlic spinach
- Baked macaroni and cheese