3 mouthwatering lobster recipes for family outings

Lobster roll at One Twenty One Restaurant in North Salem, NY. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images)
Lobster roll at One Twenty One Restaurant in North Salem, NY. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images) /

Lobster recipes aren’t considered traditional family meals, but they should be. Lobster is one of the world’s healthiest and most efficient protein sources. Just one cup of lobster meat contains the following nutrients:

27 grams of protein
1.2 grams of fat
0 grams of carbs
128 calories

Lobster contains amino acids and essential minerals like copper and zinc that improve the protein’s quality and provide maximum nutritional value. It also might boost your mood. Let’s go through three of the best lobster dishes you can make for your next family outing.

Lobster Recipes for the Whole Family

1. Balsamic Lobster Tails

This lobster recipe places a heavy emphasis on the “meat” part. It’s the simplest recipe on the list and allows you to grill or broil based on preference. The servings are big for this dish, so you might notice a mood change after you finish eating. Seafood has a strong effect on our hormone balances and neurotransmitter activity, believe it or not.


4 lobster tails, 10-12 ounces
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of chopped shallots
1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
Sea salt and black pepper


Use clean kitchen scissors to cut the bottom of the lobster shell so it lies flat for preparation. Put the tails in a wide, shallow bowl.
Mix the other ingredients in another bowl and pour the marinade over the tails.
Let the tails marinate for at least two hours in the fridge. Turn them over a few times.
Grill or boil the tails and baste them with the remaining marinade. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

Each tail can comfortably serve two people. The key to this dish is to give the tails a slight golden crisp around the edges. Once that coloration starts to appear and the tails become stiff, you know the inside is perfectly tender and juicy.

2. Lobster BLTs

This recipe is one of the best lobster dishes because of its successful pairing with an old classic, the BLT sandwich. It’s a simple lobster meat recipe, but the contrast of the crispy bacon, soft lobster meat and fresh greens make it feel like a gourmet meal. It also has some room for customization, as you can add your own condiment substitute if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise.


4 lobster tails, 8 ounces
16 slices of bacon
8 leaves of lettuce
2 large sliced tomatoes
16 slices of sliced white bread, toasted and buttered
1/2 cup of your favorite condiment
1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon of capers
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Sea salt and black pepper


Boil a large pot of water.
Add the lobster shells with tongs and boil until the shell is bright red.
Put the tails in a bowl of cold water when you remove them.
Remove the shells with kitchen scissors and cut the meat into individual pieces for each sandwich.
Put the bacon in a medium-high heat skillet and add butter.
Cook for about 12 minutes and drain the grease on a paper towel.
Stir together the capers, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest and your chosen condiment.
Spread the sauce over the bread slices.
Top half of the slices with 2 slices of bacon, 2 tomato slices, 2 leaves of lettuce and a cut of lobster tail.
Add another layer of sauce and cover with the other bread slices.
Cut the bread in half and add a toothpick to keep the sandwiches together.

If you want to make the recipe more interesting you could sprinkle the lettuce with shredded cheese or add some dried fruits to the mix. Many surprising things pair well with lobster and other kinds of shellfish.

3. Classic Lobster Rolls

The lobster roll is one of New England’s most popular lobster recipes. Some people serve it hot, but the traditional style is a cold roll with a smooth mayonnaise base. Cold lobster rolls are also much easier to make. It should only take about ten minutes to prepare eight servings.


1.5 pounds of pre-cooked lobster meat
8 New England-style hot dog buns
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of butter
Lemon wedges and potato chips on the side


Stir the lobster meat, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
Spread the inside of the hot dog buns with butter and toast them until they’re golden brown.
Fill each bun with a healthy serving of the lobster roll mixture.
Squeeze some lemon juice on top of the sandwiches for good measure.

The crunchy hot dog buns and potato chips perfectly complement the tender lobster meat. You could add more mayonnaise or other toppings as you please, but be careful not to overwhelm the lobster’s flavor.

Make Lobster a New Diet Staple

Many people think of lobster as a gourmet dish, but these simple lobster recipes put that misconception to bed. You can and should make lobster a new diet staple for your family. The lean proteins, amino acids and mouth-watering flavors will make these lobster recipes household favorites in no time.

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