The Best Side Dishes to Serve with Lobster—Just Don't Forget the Butter

Baked Corn on the Cob
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

When lobster season rolls around, there's really only one thing to do: host a boil. While many down South will choose crawfish, we're here to pay homage to the lobster. Lobster often isn't an everyday main, so it can be a challenge to decide what to serve alongside this special meal. While we love a succulent, juicy lobster tail (dripping in butter, please), the meal is not quite complete without the right side. So, if you're looking for sides to go with lobster, you're not in want of options. Our side dishes to serve with lobster are so good, we'd wager they might outshine the crustacean himself. From Foil-Pack Clams with White Wine and Herbs to the humble (but beloved) macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and corn on the cob, these are the best side dishes for lobster—tail and all. Just please, please don't forget the butter. Extra points if it's herbed.

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Red Potato Salad

Red Potato Salad
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Red Potato Salad

Classic potato salad gets a makeover with this red potato rendition with plenty of herbs.

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Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

Baked Corn on the Cob
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

This is the ultimate (and maybe best) lobster side dish. Do not, we repeat, do not skimp on the herb butter.

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Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes

A light pasta salad is a great side dish for lobster tail. This one packs in colorful tomatoes, green beans, and fresh dill.

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Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Creamy Broccoli Slaw
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Give the traditional coleslaw a fresh spin with the addition of broccoli. The extra crunch will provide a nice contrast to the juicy lobster tails.

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Clam Chowder Fritters

Clam Chowder Fritters
Southern Living

Recipe: Clam Chowder Fritters

The classic soup gets the Southern treatment as fritter. Serve alongside a fresh lobster tail with a little butter.

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Kale-and-Chicken Salad with Jalapeño-Lime Dressing

Kale-and-Chicken Salad with Jalapeño-Lime Dressing
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Kale-and-Chicken Salad with Jalapeño-Lime Dressing

Swap the chicken for chunks of lobster meat and you've got yourself a delicious salad. Serve as a side dish or main.

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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Food Styling: Angella Sellers and Vanessa McNiel Rocchio; Prop Styling: Melanie J. Clarke and Sissy Lamerton

Recipe: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Let's face it: Macaroni and cheese goes with everything, so why not serve it as a lobster side? This recipe is only three steps and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

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Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

This bright pasta salad will add a little zing to your lobster dinner. Serve chilled as a refreshing side dish.

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Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter

Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter

Clams need little introduction, so all we'll say is you need this Herb Butter on top—make a little extra for your lobster, too.

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Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

A little crunchy, a little sweet, and definitely creamy, this pasta salad gives you fruits and veggies in one dish.

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Southern-Style Potato Salad

_Southern-Style Potato Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Southern-Style Potato Salad

This Southern staple is also an excellent lobster side dish. Potatoes, celery, onions, and bacon get the creamy treatment thanks to the mayo and sour cream. Add eggs at your discretion.

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Permanent Slaw

Permanent Slaw
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Permanent Slaw

A cross between coleslaw and chowchow, this slaw is a refreshing lobster side dish that everyone can pile on their plates.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Clam chowder might be a choice lobster side dish, but in our opinion, you can't go wrong with a corn chowder, either.

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Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions

Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions

Looking for a fun side dish for lobster tail? Try this multi-colored potato salad flavored with plenty of Dijon whole-grain mustard, red onions, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Crunchy Okra-and-Corn Salad with Ranch Dressing

Crunchy Okra-and-Corn Salad with Ranch Dressing
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Crunchy Okra-and-Corn Salad with Ranch Dressing

Lighten up that lobster dinner with a side salad. Crunchy okra and sweet corn provide a nice contrast to the seafood.

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Cheddar Biscuits

Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cheddar Biscuits

It doesn't get much more irresistible than this ultimate cheese and bread combination.

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Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons

Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons

A boring Caesar salad will not do. Try this simple recipe as the side dish for your lobster dinner and watch it impress the whole table.

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Spicy Pepper Jelly Coleslaw

Spicy Pepper Jelly Coleslaw
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Spicy Pepper Jelly Coleslaw

Have a cookout without coleslaw *might* be illegal. Be sure to have this pepper jelly version on hand to add a little heat.

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