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Can I tell you a secret? I think I look forward to making leftover lobster recipes more than eating the fresh lobster in the first place! The succulent, slightly-sweet meat pairs beautifully with so many flavors. From salads to pasta dishes to chowders and even fritters, you’re sure to find something on this list to help you put those leftovers to excellent use!
What to do with Leftover Lobster
When it comes to fine seafood dining, lobster is right up there with caviar. Often considered a delicacy, it’s usually the star of any feast.
But what if you can’t quite eat it all in one sitting? Just take a peek at this list of leftover lobster recipes, and you may find yourself more excited to make one of these dishes than you were to eat the fresh whole lobster in the first place!
From lighter salad or vegetable dishes to hearty pastas, tacos, and even casseroles, there are so many ways to turn extra lobster into a decadent feast. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to put those lobster leftovers to fantastic use!
Lobster Leftovers with Pasta
1. Lobster Mac and Cheese
When it comes to rich pasta dishes, what can be better than mac and cheese? Elevate this dish with a combination of mozzarella, cheddar, and Swiss cheese for a creamy stove top recipe that’s sure to satisfy your deepest comfort food cravings. This simple, hearty dish is a perfect way to use leftover lobster meat!
2. Lobster Scampi
This simple seafood pasta is packed with sweet, succulent lobster tail meat in a garlicky butter sauce over silky noodles. How delicious does that sound? You can also make it with fresh lobster if you find it on sale and want an easy way to put this wonderful crustacean to good use!
3. Lobster Risotto
Dreaming of making easy, delicious, creamy lobster risotto in just one pot on the stove? This is the recipe for you! And once you try a bite, you’ll be amazed that the luxuriously smooth texture has no actual cream in it.
4. Lobster Pasta Salad
This is not your average pasta salad. Sweet corn kernels, heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh dill, and lobster elevate this classic dish to something extra special! The combination of sour cream, mayo, and lemon juice provides a delicate dressing that doesn’t compete with the other ingredients.
5. Lobster Ravioli
Looking for a dish that tastes gourmet but is simple enough for anyone to whip up? This homemade lobster ravioli is made with cream cheese and lobster filling wrapped in delicate wonton wrappers and nestled in a savory sauce of white wine, shallots, garlic, and cream!
6. Lobster Fra Diavolo
Rich, succulent lobster served over fettuccine and soaked in spicy fra diavolo sauce is an unforgettable main dish. “Fra Diavolo” means “Brother Devil” to signify the spice, but you can easily adjust the heat to your liking. This spicy lobster pasta is always a hit.
Leftover Lobster Meat Recipes with Bread
7. Lobster Rolls
How can we mention lobster leftovers without suggesting a lobster roll? This New England classic features succulent lobster mixed with lemon juice, celery, mayonnaise, chives, and parsley, then served on a warm, buttery hot dog bun or roll. Top it off with a little extra garlic butter sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
8. Lobster Tacos
Ready to step up your fish taco game? These beauties are made with chunks of lobster meat, avocado, and pico de gallo, topped off with a spicy poblano crema to bring it all together!
9. Lobster Grilled Cheese
If you love cheese, this recipe is for you. Creamy mascarpone cheese, provolone, and big chunks of lobster stuffed between two pieces of sourdough bread topped with a spread of melted butter and chili paste is enough to take the entire concept of grilled cheese to the next level.
10. Lobster and Artichoke Flatbread
This recipe keeps the ingredients simple, doesn’t smother them in cheese, and really lets the lobster meat shine! Plus, who doesn’t love turning leftovers into lobster pizza?
11. Lobster Quesadillas
For an easy dish you can make with a panini press or a grill, try these tasty quesadillas! Onions, bell peppers, lobster, and plenty of shredded cheese between hot tortillas makes a quick and easy meal you’ll want to eat all the time.
12. Lobster Newburg
This classic restaurant dish includes tender chunks of lobster meat bathed in a cream sauce spiked with cognac and served with your choice of puff pastry or toast points. For such a simple dish, it’s elegant enough to impress any type of guest.
Salad Recipes for Leftover Lobster
13. Lobster Salad
Looking for a lighter option that’s still hearty enough to serve as a main course? This combination of lobster meat, vegetables, and herbs in a light and creamy dressing is an easy yet elegant way to enjoy your leftovers.
14. Lobster Cobb Salad
For a light and fresh summertime dinner, this combination of lobster, vegetables, cheese, avocado, and bacon will take your taste buds to the next level! Seafood is a delicious way to add a little flair to the wonderful textures and flavors of a classic Cobb salad.
15. Lobster Spring Rolls
For a refreshing and delicious dish, these spring rolls are packed with succulent lobster and crunchy vegetables and can be ready in just 30 minutes! The creamy, nutty sesame dipping sauce really brings all the flavors together.
Soup with Lobster Leftovers
16. Lobster Bisque
This Ruth’s Chris copycat lobster bisque recipe is a restaurant-quality dish that you can easily make right in your own kitchen! Flavors of heavy cream, brandy and sherry with the meat from a few lobster tails creates a luscious, creamy lobster bisque you’ll want to make again and again.
17. Lobster Corn Chowder
Light and creamy with chunks of lobster, corn, and potatoes in a super flavorful broth… tell me that doesn’t sound like a perfect summertime dish! This lobster chowder brings together all the flavors you love in one delicious bowl.
18. Lobster Stock
Don't throw away those lobster shells, use every last bit of the lobster to make your own lobster stock. The shells can be used to make a rich and flavorful homemade lobster stock that is great to use for seafood soups like bisque and more.
Leftover Lobster Bake Ideas
19. Seafood Lasagna
Skip the Olive Garden and enjoy this comfort dish right at home! Jumbo shrimp, lump crab, and cooked lobster come together in one easy recipe topped with an irresistibly cheesy Alfredo cream sauce.
20. Keto Lobster Casserole
This low carb dinner recipe is so good that after just one bite, it’s sure to become a regular on your menu! Even those not eating low-carb will appreciate this delicious and filling dish.
21. Lobster Quiche
This dish sounds like a luxury, but is actually a very simple, savory meal! You’ll love the richness of the cream cheese combined with the color and flavor of tender asparagus.
Other Leftover Lobster Recipes
22. Lobster Dip
When it comes to warm dips, none can top this one made with leftover lobster meat, cheese, and sour cream! It’s super easy to make but sure to impress even the pickiest guests.
23. Lobster Mashed Potatoes
Elevate this classic side into velvety smooth potatoes with lumps of succulent lobster meat drizzled with melted butter and topped with fresh snipped chives. This dish is simple enough to serve on a weekday and impressive enough to pair with your most elegant main courses!
24. Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms
Wishing you had a copycat recipe for Red Lobster stuffed mushrooms? Your search is over! These bites are packed with flavor and insanely rich.
Leftover lobster and breadcrumbs are stuffed into a mushroom cap and topped with a little gouda or parmesan cheese. It’s the kind of unassuming dish that will blow you away!
25. Lobster Fritters
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and packed with lobster, bacon, and corn, these fritters are absolutely irresistible! Serve with a jalapeno-honey aioli for an unforgettable flavor experience.
Leftover Lobster FAQs
After lobster is cooked, it will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3 days if stored properly.
Yes, you can store leftover cooked lobster. Let it cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container or freezer safe bag. Keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
One of the best way to reheat a cooked lobster is in the oven. Wrap the lobster in foil and add 1-2 pats of butter on top of the lobster. Place the wrapped lobster in a oven at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes or until heated through.
Make sure to check the smell and look of the lobster to see if it has gone bad. If it has a strong odor, or feels and looks slimy, the lobster has probably gone bad.
Hungry for more seafood? Try these copycat Red Lobster recipes.
Did you try any of these delicious lobster recipes? Let me know in the comments.
Leftover Lobster Recipes
- 1 cup leftover lobster meat
- Let lobster meat cool to room temperature.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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