Here are 27 leftover lobster recipes that will help you avoid wasting all that lovely lobster meat.
In case you could use some ideas for what to do with lobster meat left over from your last meal, I put
together some recipes that will inspire something new and delicious!
Like they say, waste not, want not, and lobster, being the expensive seafood that it is, is something you definitely don’t want to waste!
This is why having leftover lobster recipes on hand for when prepared more lobster than can be consumed is ideal.
Now, lobster can be cooked in a few different ways.
It can be grilled, boiled, steamed, poached in butter, and baked.
When you cook lobster, you have to pay attention to its size so you can time the cooking just right.
You also need to adjust cooking times according to the way you cook them.
For boiled lobster, a one-pound crustacean should be left in boiling water for 6 minutes, while a 2-pound lobster should be cooked for 11 minutes.
3-pound lobsters are usually boiled for approximately 13 minutes.
If you choose to steam your lobster, add 2 minutes to the cooking times mentioned above.
Whatever method you choose to cook your lobster, when you have more than enough and have leftovers, you shouldn’t throw them away.
You can remove the flesh from the shell and freeze them for use with any of these 27 leftover lobster recipes.
Choose from the usual classics, such as the Lobster Bisque and Lobster Mac and Cheese. Or keep it super simple with Cold Lobster Salad.
If you want something different, #9 and #13 are must-tries.
All of these recipes showcase the unique flavor of this seafood.
If you’re itching to try any of these, let’s start cooking!
1. Lobster Pasta
Another pasta dish that you can make with leftover lobster meat is this simple yet flavorful one.
This pasta has a creamy and garlicky sauce.
Fresh parsley and chives help add some freshness to this plate!
Here’s a Creamy Stuffed Shells recipe that looks amazing too. Just skip past the lobster prep and add your cold leftover lobster.
One go-to recipe for when you have leftover lobster is this rich and thick soup.
This cream-based soup traces its roots back to France, and is usually made with crustaceans, which is what a lobster is.
For this recipe, you need the shells for the broth, so make sure to freeze those as well when you’re planning on making bisque.
For an upscale breakfast treat, this dish of scrambled eggs is something you can make.
Tomatoes and spinach add a wealth of flavors to this.
The addition of cream cheese and milk give this scrambled egg dish the fluffiness people love!
While you can’t really call this traditional carbonara in its truest sense, it’s still a take on the popular creamy pasta dish.
The leftover lobster pieces take the place of the bacon.
Grated parmesan completes this dish!
No list of leftover lobster recipes will be complete without adding this particular recipe!
Mac and cheese gets a tasty and sophisticated boost from this crustacean, giving the dish another texture and flavor you seldom get from macaroni with cheese sauce.
The cheeses used in this recipe include mozzarella, cheddar, and Monterey jack, but you can add any cheese you want to it.
You can also add a breadcrumb topping before serving to give it even more texture and flavor!
You can consider this dish the sister of lobster bisque, since both are cream-based soups that are thick and hearty.
Just like with the bisque, you need to reserve the shells, or if you can, the water that was used to boil the lobsters in.
This is the broth that you will use for the soup.
The addition of other seafoods, potatoes, and bacon help make this a rather decadent dish!
Check out CookingChew’s lighter, sippable Seafood Chowder here.
Here’s another egg dish that uses leftover lobster meat!
Instead of scrambling your eggs as you cook it, take extra care to not tear it so you have the perfect omelet!
This dish is served with Ponzu sauce and a sprinkling of spring onion plus pepper flakes.
I figured that one lobster mac and cheese recipe isn’t enough, so here’s another one!
This is Ina Garten’s elevated Mac & Cheese recipe, which uses cavatappi and Gruyere, piled in cute individual ovenware dishes.
A commenter mentioned using crushed Ritz crackers instead of the breadcrumbs for an added level of richness!
For those who are avoiding carbs but want a noodle dish, this is a must try!
Instead of using your usual pasta favorites, this uses spiralized zucchini instead.
Eat to your heart’s content without worrying about your carb intake.
10. Lobster Cakes
If you love crab cakes, this recipe should be right up your alley!
With a crunchy outside and soft interior, this dish can be served as an appetizer.
It can also be served as a meal, with your favorite salad on the side!
Love fish and shrimp tacos but want something fancier?
This recipe should cover your craving!
Somewhat sophisticated yet still casual, this has some bacon in it because, well, everything tastes better with bacon!
12. Lobster Alfredo
Here’s another pasta dish to add to your list of leftover lobster recipes.
The good thing about this recipe is it is not as creamy as other pasta dishes on this list.
Want to amp up the spiciness of your pasta?
A sprinkling of pepper flakes can do that for you!
13. Lobster Soup
Not everyone loves the richness and creaminess of chowder or bisque.
So, here’s a soup that’s still thick but has a tomato base rather than a cream base.
As with the other soups in this list, lobster shells should be used to create a stock for this soup.
14. Lobster Roll
This is one of the leftover lobster recipes people follow when they don’t want to waste this seafood.
This lobster roll isn’t like the usual brown butter or simple rolls you find almost anywhere.
The leftover lobster is first made into a salad (with mayo, chives, and lemon) before it’s loaded into hot dog buns!
If you’re not that keen on the traditional lobster roll, why not try this sandwich instead?
This sandwich is doubly satisfying – with smoky bacon and sumptuous lobster in it!
No panini press?
You can make this toasted sandwich in a skillet.
This open-faced alternative to your usual sandwich can be made using any crusty bread that you have.
For smaller pieces, a French baguette should work.
If you want your Mango Avocado and Lobster Toast pieces to be bigger, sourdough bread or ciabatta can be used.
Here’s another version of lobster rolls that you might like.
If you’re not overly-fond of mayonnaise, or any creamy dressing, this recipe is a good choice.
Diced celery adds the crunch and the lemon juice adds a bright, tangy pop!
Who would think that mashed potatoes can be elevated to a whole new level?
This dish takes your average, everyday mashed spuds and adds some lobster flair to it.
To infuse this dish with lobster goodness, the shells are boiled together with the potatoes.
Such a great way to add loads of seafood flavor to an otherwise ordinary plate of potatoes!
Here’s a recipe for those who are trying to cut back on carbs!
Most lobster patties use breadcrumbs to add crunch to their rounds, but not this one.
Instead of breadcrumbs, crushed pork rinds are used in this dish.
Lots of crunchy celery adorn this simple cold lobster salad with chives and lemon.
Serve with crackers or on lettuce leaves for a flavorful luncheon or appetizer on small plates.
The trick is to give this recipe lots of lobster!
Keep this sassy seafood the hero of the salad with simple seasonings.
There are quite a number of things you can do with leftover lobster tail, particularly when it comes to the shells.
Creating a good seafood stock from the shells is a must since these have a lot of flavor!
This pasta dish puts this stock to good use, giving the dish a strong lobster taste.
The flavor of the sea is what you get with this dish!
A combination of clams, shrimp, lobsters, and bacon is what you can expect with each spoonful.
One unexpected ingredient for this recipe however is the coconut milk, which replaces the cream
that is often used in chowder.
This gives the dish a very different flavor profile when compared with other chowders.
This Asian-leaning salad offers a ton of flavor in every bite with lobster, dried shrimp, palm nuts and the delightful fragrance of sweet basil.
The Thai bird chilies are to taste—I’m not a fan of even the slightest high heat, so leave these out if you are like me.
Head to the Asian supermarket near you with this grocery list and toss together this delightful recipe great for brunch or treat yourself to a better-for-you night in!
24. Lobster Stock
We’ve been talking about how amazing your soups and stews will taste if you use lobster stock made with leftover lobster shells.
So, to help you out, here’s a recipe for just such a stock!
This version uses only water and doesn’t use any other stock (like chicken or vegetable) for a base.
This means you get a very intense lobster flavor without other broth flavors muddling it.
Here’s a risotto dish you can try with your leftover lobsters and lobster stock.
This risotto has a buttery flavor and doesn’t use any vegetables in it.
Finish the dish with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
Freshly chopped chives are added before serving, giving it a pop of color!
26. Lobster Benedict
Another lobster dish that’s perfect for breakfast?
This one’s a unique take on the popular eggs benedict.
Leftover lobsters are added to the hollandaise sauce, giving you a surprising bite of lobster together with the eggs, English muffins, and ham in this dish!
27. Lobster Quiche
For a leftover lobster dish that can be served any time of the day, this is the one!
You can make your pie crust from scratch (if you have a favorite recipe), but this quiche can also be made with ready-made crust.
While the recipe only calls for leftover lobster meat, cheese, and eggs, you can always zhoosh up the recipe with some peppers, mushrooms, and spinach!
Try CookingChew’s list of What To Serve With Quiche for great side ideas!
The bottom line
Now you don’t have to waste any of that tasty, fleshy, and luxurious lobster meat.
With this list of recipes, you can show family and friends that there is more than just one way to enjoy lobster.
So don’t worry if you have leftover lobster from last night’s dinner.
Just remember you can only reheat lobster once for the best texture, and low & slow is the name of the game. More tips on reheating lobster here.
You can repurpose the meat into something different yet still super yummy with any of these leftover lobster recipes!
27 Ways To Enjoy Leftover Lobster
These 27 leftover lobster recipes will inspire you to create something new and delicious!
- Lobster Pasta
- Lobster Bisque
- Lobster & Vegetable Scrambled Eggs
- Lobster Spaghetti Carbonara
- Skillet Lobster Mac & Cheese
- New England Seafood Chowder
- Lobster Omelet
- Oven-Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese
- Garlicky Zucchini Noodles With Leftover Lobster
- Lobster Cakes
- Lobster & Bacon Tacos With Old Bay Crema
- Lobster Alfredo
- Lobster Soup
- Lobster Roll
- BLT & Lobster Panini
- Mango Avocado & Lobster Toast
- Lobster Rolls (With Lighter Mayo)
- Leftover Lobster Mashed Potatoes
- Keto-Friendly Lobster Patties
- Cold Lobster Salad
- Spicy Lobster & Shrimp Pasta
- Keto Seafood Chowder
- Thai-Style Lobster & Herb Salad
- Lobster Stock
- Butter Lobster Risotto
- Lobster Benedict
- Lobster Quiche
- Take a look at our Leftover Lobster Recipes list!
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