Drizzle, Dip, Dunk: The Best Sauces and Butters for Maine Lobster

Best Sauce for Lobster

We talk sauces for lobster, lobster butters, dips and tips for the novice lobster chef to the veteran crustacean cooker. Find the perfect simple classic or a fresh new idea to impress your dinner guests with our lobster sauce and butter recommendations.

Sweet lobster meat is a delight in itself, and the distinctive taste of great quality Maine Lobster should sometimes not be disturbed by too many strong flavors or other culinary distractions. Simple is superior, sophisticated and stylish, right? Well yea sure, appreciating the taste of lobster meat alone is both a delicacy and a thrill but as a lobster lover you crave variety, choice and creativity in your lobster dishes.

Whether you’re creating something simple to delicately complement the flavor of Maine Lobster meat or you’re getting innovative and experimenting with new flavors and ingredients to spice up some lobster tails, let us help inspire you!

Sauces for Lobster Meat Served Hot

So once you have your lobster cooking method sorted, if you’re serving the meat hot, then creamy buttery sauces work so well, and tend to often be what people would expect with their lobster dish.

Classic Thermidor Style Sauce. The indulgent lobster thermidor recipe originates from France and is typically a rich, creamy combination of brandy, cheese, mustard and egg yolk, delicious if you’re not watching the calories, but perhaps not an everyday occurrence for us all. However a thermidor style lobster butter is a slightly lighter and less expensive option, with a nod to its opulent French origin. Try some white wine, Dijon mustard, lemon, Parmesan, paprika, infused into some butter.

How to Make Clarified Butter: In a saucepan over low heat melt desired amount of butter until a foamy layer forms on top, and skim off. Pour butter oil into a container leaving any milky residue at the bottom of the saucepan. While butter is still warm brush over steamed lobster tails or use as a baste for grilled lobster.

Flavored Butters. Now, as we talk about butter, there are generally two options. The first being, to blend your ingredients with the cold butter and roll into a log to later melt onto your lobster (keep in the fridge for a few days, freeze or even wrap in some rustic paper, tie in a ribbon and give as gift!) The second being drawn butter (also known as clarified butter or ghee.) Butter is heated and then the solids are removed, leaving the clear, drawn butter, this can then be infused with lots of aromatic, oil based ingredients for fantastic flavor.

Lemon ‐ a classic, and in fact any citrusy fruit can be experimented with such as lime, orange or even grapefruit. Try our lobster lemon butter recipe here (why not try adding some capers for a twist?)

Shallot and Tarragon ‐ although perhaps not the most popular of the herb family, Tarragon makes up one half of this well‐known lobster sauce duo. It’s popular because it works, but it’s still generally a flavor that pleasantly surprises, with its herby perfume matching so well with a creamy butter.

Escargot Herb Butter. No, the sauce itself isn’t made from our small, shelled friends, but rather the sauce is usually designed for them, but works perfectly for lobster too! Cook up some shallots, plenty of garlic, mushrooms and maybe even a little Parma ham. Once cool add to your butter along with mustard and fresh herbs (try tarragon, fennel, parsley). Delicious!

Go Asian. Asian flavors work well with lobster as long as you’re careful not to over do the strong ingredients such as chilli and ginger which can risk overpowering the taste of the lobster. Rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, a little ginger and a dash of sugar will make a fantastic dipping sauce, particularly for tempura lobster bites. Or try a chilli paste mixed with lime juice, a little brown sugar and fish sauce.

Sauces for Lobster Meat Served Cold

You can’t beat a homemade mayonnaise, béarnaise or hollandaise sauce any day of the week, but accompanying lobster makes them even more special. Whether it’s a salad or a pre‐dinner canapé, try one of our cold sauces for lobster to impress even the toughest of crowds.

● Truffled mayonnaise (just a few drops of truffle oil)

● Garlic and basil mayo

● Spicy avocado dip (with Greek yogurt, hot sauce or fresh chili)

● Sour cream with exotic fruits (try pineapple)

Sauces for Lobster Tails

You can of course apply all of the above to tasty lobster tails, but this fun and more laid back option of lobster meat enjoyment offers the budding lobster chef the opportunity to be a little more creative.

Cheese fondue. Although lobster and fondue in the same sentence may bring back thoughts of the eighties, retro is definitely in, so get your cheese melted, and why not add a little crispy bacon?

Wine. Important for any party. So if you’re entertaining, wine based sauces are popular for lobster tails. Try a buttery garlic sauce with white wine, or perhaps lemon and shallots. Step it up a notch and try a creamy Champagne based sauce, if you want your night to have real sparkle.

Spicy. Devil your tails with peppercorns, Tabasco or chili. A creamy tomato base would be perfect for this kind of sauce.

Want to find out more? Visit our lobster recipes section or see the range of delicious Maine Lobster we have on offer.

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