Lobster rolls are one of my all-time favorite summer dishes.
They are easy to make, so flavorful, and always a hit with guests.
While lobster rolls can definitely stand on their own, they are even better when served with a few delicious side dishes.
So if you are looking for some inspiration, then you are in the right place.
I’m sharing 25 of the best side dishes to serve with lobster rolls including summer salads, roasted vegetables, fruit salad, potato chips, and more.
What to Serve with Lobster Rolls?
There are many options for what to serve with lobster rolls. Some people like to keep it simple and just serve the lobster rolls with chips and a pickle. Others like to get a little more creative and serve the lobster rolls with roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a salad.
Are you looking for more ideas?
Here are 25 side dishes that go great with lobster rolls:
1. Potato Salad
I like this recipe because it’s really simple—just boil some potatoes in salted water until they’re tender, then let them cool completely before mixing them together with some mayonnaise and chopped chives or scallions (or whatever kind of onion you like).
It’s easy to make ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about having any leftovers after dinner.
This is one of my favorite sides for lobster rolls!
You can make it with either a store-bought dressing or by making your own.
I love this recipe because it has so many different ingredients in it: shredded red cabbage, carrots, green onions, mayonnaise… basically all of the flavors that go great with lobster are packed into this salad!
3. Macaroni Salad
This macaroni salad is just as simple as the potato salad, but with a few extra ingredients that make it even tastier!
- Start by cooking your pasta according to the instructions on the box (but don’t add salt or oil), then drain it and rinse it with cold water until it’s completely cool.
- Place the pasta in a bowl along with some celery, chopped red onion (or whatever kind of onion you like), diced green bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, and chopped fresh parsley or dill if you have those on hand!
- Finally stir in some mayonnaise until everything is evenly coated—and voila!
You’ve got yourself a delicious side dish that goes great with lobster rolls!
4. Cucumber Salad
Cucumber salad is great because it keeps well if you want to make it ahead of time and it goes with just about anything!
This recipe calls for dill pickles, which is a great addition, but if you don’t have any around you can substitute them with plain ol’ cucumbers and just add a little salt before serving.
5. Creamy Ranch Dressing
- This recipe is so easy— just mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until well combined.
- Then add 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley and 2 tablespoons minced chives (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes) and stir again until everything is evenly distributed throughout the dressing.
You can serve it immediately or refrigerate it for up to two days before serving!
6. Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
This recipe is a little more involved, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort!
- To make sweet-and-sour sauce, start by grating a large carrot and an apple into a bowl.
- Then add some vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil to taste.
- Mix everything up and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving over your favorite vegetables or seafood (including lobster rolls!).
7. Cocktail Sauce (for dipping)
For this one, all you need is ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce!
Mix those ingredients together in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste—and that’s it!
It doesn’t take long for this sauce to come together at all; plus it’s super fun to make your own sauce instead of buying one at the store or restaurant.
8. Mashed Potatoes
Another classic pairing with lobster rolls is mashed potatoes!
- Just chop up some peeled potatoes into bite-sized pieces before boiling them until tender (about 15 minutes), then mash them with salt, pepper, butter or margarine, sour cream or yogurt (depending on how rich you want it), garlic powder if desired (for extra flavor).
- Top with parsley flakes if desired before serving alongside a big bowlful of hot fluffy mashed potatoes!
9. Creamed Spinach
This is another easy one that’s great for summertime because it involves heating up a skillet over medium heat, then adding olive oil and butter to the pan before adding chopped garlic and cooking until it starts to brown slightly.
You can throw in some spinach leaves once the garlic is ready, toss everything around until they’ve wilted down a bit (about 30 seconds), then add salt and pepper!
This soup is super easy to make, too!
- Just chop up some celery and carrots, sauté them until they’re tender, add some chopped onions (you can even use shallots instead), then toss in some minced garlic and fresh thyme leaves (or dried thyme if that’s what you have on hand).
- Then add milk and cream until it’s nice and creamy, along with some salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Bring everything to a simmer over medium heat until it starts bubbling away nicely—that way you’ll know everything is cooked through properly!
11. French Fries
French fries are another classic that goes great with lobster rolls.
I like to make these from scratch by slicing potatoes into thick wedges (any shape will do) and frying them in oil until they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Just be sure not to overcrowd the pan—if there are too many pieces of potato at once, they’ll get soggy instead of crispy!
12. Onion Rings
Onion rings are a great side dish for any kind of sandwich or burger, but they go especially well with lobster rolls because they give the whole meal a nice crunch that helps cut through the richness of the lobster meat.
To make these, thinly slice onions into rings (you can use red or white onions) and dip them in a bowl filled with flour mixed with salt and pepper before frying them in oil at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re golden brown on one side and then flipping them over to cook on both sides again until they’re crispy all around.
13. Tater Tots
Tater tots are another great side dish for any rolls—they’re baked, so they’re healthier than deep-fried ones, but they still get crispy on the outside and soft on the inside when they’re cooked just right!
- To make tater tots at home, all you need is frozen tater tots (which are usually sold by the bag at grocery stores), olive oil spray, paprika powder (or another spice that goes well with potatoes), and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spray one side of each tater tot with olive oil spray and sprinkle it with paprika powder before placing them on their parchment paper-lined baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy—serve immediately!
14. Baked Beans
This is a classic American dish that pairs well with almost anything—especially lobster rolls!
- Just mix together canned beans (ideally kidney or navy beans), brown sugar, molasses, mustard powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until everything is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Then bake it in a casserole dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or so until it gets nice and bubbly on top.
- Serve this up right alongside your lobster roll to complete your meal!
15. Green Salad
A simple green salad is also a great accompaniment to your rolls, since the fresh vegetables will help balance out all the rich flavor of the meat.
You can use any greens you like—just keep in mind that tougher ones like kale will stand up better to being dressed while softer ones like butter lettuce should be dressed just before serving so they don’t wilt too much.
16. Corn on the Cob
If you want something with a little more flair, try corn on the cob.
To make this side dish, all you have to do is shuck and season a few ears of corn, then grill them over high heat until they start to brown and char around the edges—you’ll know they’re done when the kernels are tender but still hold their shape when bitten into!
17. Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
This dish is super easy to make too—just roast some cauliflower until it’s tender and then combine it with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, feta cheese (or goat cheese), olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
It tastes great with lobster rolls because it has all those fresh ingredients that keep things interesting but aren’t too heavy on their own.
18. Arugula Salad
This salad is also simple but pretty, with a bright lemon vinaigrette dressing that goes great with the lobster meat.
I love adding fresh herbs like parsley and basil to salads like this one; they add so much flavor without being overpowering.
19. Lobster Roll With Avocado Mayo
You can get this one right at home with a few simple ingredients: avocado, mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
You just mash everything together in a bowl until smooth and creamy, then spread it on your roll before adding the lobster meat.
It’s so good that you won’t even miss the fuss of making your own lobster roll!
20. Lobster Mac and Cheese
This is a classic pairing that really works well together.
The macaroni noodles soak up some of the buttery cheese sauce, while the lobster meat adds a nice flavor to everything else.
A great way to make your own version of this is by using a boxed macaroni and cheese mix and adding chopped up bits of lobster meat into it while it cooks.
You can also add some chopped scallions or chives on top for added color and flavor.
21. Mango Chutney
Mango chutney is a great way to add some sweet and tangy flavor to your lobster roll.
It’s also pretty versatile—you can use it as an appetizer or a dessert topping or just on its own as a snack or even as an ingredient in some recipes.
22. Lobster Roll With Garlic Aioli
This is another super-simple recipe that will take zero time to prepare at home.
Just mix together plain Greek yogurt with some minced garlic and lemon juice until smooth—it’ll taste great with any kind of bread!
The best part is that you can use this garlic aioli as an accompaniment for just about anything from chicken wings to burgers to grilled veggies…so why not keep it around all summer long?
23. Potato Chips
Here’s another simple side dish that goes great with lobster rolls: potato chips!
- Just slice up some potatoes into thin slices (as thinly as possible) and fry them until they’re golden brown.
- Sprinkle on some salt right after they come out of the oil, and eat immediately while they’re still hot!
24. Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are another great option for adding something light and refreshing to your meal—they are particularly good when paired with seafood such as lobster rolls because they provide contrast to the rich flavors found there.
- This recipe is simple enough for even someone who isn’t much of a cook: just cook some pasta according to package instructions (you can use whatever shape you like).
- Then toss it together with some fresh vegetables such as sliced cucumbers or tomatoes.
- Add in some cooked shrimp or crab meat if desired.
- Top with cilantro leaves or freshly chopped herbs such as parsley or basil.
- And add a light dressing made with olive oil and vinegar.
25. Deviled Eggs
Another great side dish for lobster rolls is deviled eggs!
- You can make these ahead of time, too, so all you have to do is throw them in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes or so until they’re cooked through and the yolks are firm.
- Then just scoop out the egg yolk and mash it up with a fork until smooth before adding it back into the white (which should be cooled off in the meantime).
- Then add some mustard, mayo, salt/pepper, paprika and/or dill pickles (if you’d like), and voila—you have yourself a delicious deviled egg to go along with your roll!
What Wine to Serve with Lobster Rolls?
You’re having a lobster roll party, and you want to impress your guests with some great wines.
You might think that your options are limited—but you’d be wrong!
Here are three wines that complement the rich, bold flavors of a lobster roll:
- A dry rosé: The sweetness of this wine will balance out the savory taste of the lobster, allowing for an easy pairing. Plus, it’s bright pink! Your guests will be impressed.
- A sparkling rosé: This is a great choice if you want something bubbly but aren’t super into white wine. It has that same floral scent as the regular rosé, but with fizz!
- A sparkling Shiraz: This Australian red is made with grapes that have been aged in oak barrels and left to ferment on their skins; it has a rich flavor and soft texture that makes it perfect for seafood like lobster rolls.
What Dessert Goes with Lobster Rolls?
Lobster rolls are already a perfect meal, but if you want to go all out and make your lobster roll even more of an experience, consider adding these 5 desserts to your order:
- Cheesecake: Cheesecake is the perfect complement to lobster. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and it has a smooth texture that will help to counterbalance the chewiness of the lobster roll.
- Vanilla ice cream: Vanilla ice cream is another great option for pairing with lobster rolls because it’s light and refreshing—it’ll cut through the heaviness of the meat without overpowering it or making it seem too rich.
- Apple pie: And, apple pie can be a great choice for dessert if you’re looking for something seasonal and warm—the cinnamon flavor of the apples will complement the saltiness of the lobster perfectly!
- Chocolate cake: Chocolate cake is one of the most classic options for dessert when you’re serving lobster rolls. It’s rich enough to feel like a decadent treat, but it also has a sweetness that will balance out the saltiness of your meal.
- Banana split: Or, if you’re looking for something sweet and fruity, a banana split could be just the thing. The creamy ice cream, fresh fruit and chocolate sauce on top will be a nice contrast to the salty lobster meat.
What Sauce Goes with Lobster Rolls?
If you’re looking for some fun and easy ways to spruce up your lobster roll, here are 7 sauces that go great with this classic summer treat:
- Mustard sauce: All you need to do is mix equal parts mayonnaise and dijon mustard together, then add a little bit of lemon juice and salt. This sauce is best served chilled or at room temperature. It will go great with any type of lobster roll, but especially well with traditional Maine-style rolls, which are usually served cold.
- Tartar sauce: This is a classic accompaniment for seafood (and you can even make it yourself), but if you want to take it up a notch, try making your own homemade version using Greek yogurt instead of mayo and fresh dill instead of dried dill weed or pickles! This sauce should be served cool or at room temperature so that it doesn’t get too runny when combined with hot lobster meat—just make sure not to overdo it on the lemon juice!
- Sriracha mayo: This spicy yet cool combination has become a staple in many restaurants’ Asian fusion menus since its inception in Vietnamese cuisine more than 100 years ago! If you want to make your own, simply mix equal parts mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce (or any other chili-garlic sauce), then add a little bit of lime juice and sugar to taste. It’s the perfect way to add some extra zing to your lobster roll!
- Horseradish: This spicy root has been used as a condiment for centuries and is often paired with seafood. It’s made by grinding up horseradish root (which can be purchased at most grocery stores) and mixing it with vinegar, sugar and salt—the perfect addition to any lobster roll!
- Chili sauce: Nothing says “seafood” like a little kick. Chili sauce is made from chilies, vinegar and salt, and can be purchased at the grocery store in a bottle or tube. Just squeeze a little bit onto your lobster roll for an extra dose of heat!
- Soy sauce: This salty condiment is made from fermented soybeans and has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. It’s perfect for adding some extra flavor to a lobster roll—just drizzle some on top!
- Mayonnaise: This creamy condiment is made from eggs, vinegar and oil, and has been around since forever. It’s often used as a spread on sandwiches—but why not try it on your lobster roll? Just dollop some mayonnaise onto your roll and enjoy!
What Beer Goes with Lobster Rolls?
When you’re celebrating the end of summer with a lobster roll, it’s important to have a beer that will complement the flavors in your food.
Here are 7 beers that I recommend:
- A hoppy beer: There’s nothing like a hoppy beer to pair with something rich and creamy like lobster. The citrus notes in a hoppy beer will cut through the buttery texture of the roll, while also balancing out its sweetness. Try one with an IPA-style brew or an American pale ale.
- A Belgian blonde ale: If you’re looking for something lighter than an IPA, but still flavorful enough to stand up to your lobster roll, then try this option! A Belgian blonde ale has hints of orange peel, coriander and other spices that will go well with your seafood dish without overpowering it or being too sweet on its own.
- A floral wheat beer: Wheat beers are known for their mild flavor profile and crispness from having higher carbonation levels than other types of ales or lagers—and they’re also great for pairing with seafood because they tend not to overpower flavors in dishes like these! They’re especially nice if you’re looking for something refreshingly light after indulging in heavy seafood dishes all day long!
- A German Kolsch: This kind of beer is known for its crisp, light body and subtle malt sweetness—which makes it a perfect choice to pair with seafood! It’s also a great option if you’re looking for something that won’t overpower other flavors in your dish, but will still give you that refreshingly crisp taste.
- A Saison: This Belgian-style beer is known for its fruity, spicy flavor, which makes it a great option for pairing with seafood! It’s also got a nice, light body that won’t overpower the flavors in your dish—but will still give you plenty of refreshingly crisp taste!
- A Sour Ale: This beer is known for its tart, fruity flavor—which makes it a great option for pairing with seafood! It’s also got a nice light body that won’t overpower the flavors in your dish—but will still give you plenty of refreshingly crisp taste!
- A German Pilsner: This German-inspired beer is known for its crisp, clean taste that makes it perfect for pairing with seafood! It’s also got a nice light body that won’t overpower the flavors in your dish—but will still give you plenty of refreshingly crisp taste.
What Soup Goes with Lobster Rolls?
Lobster rolls are a favorite summertime snack, but what soup should you eat them with?
Here are 6 of the best soups to pair with your lobster roll:
- Lobster bisque: This creamy soup is made with cream and butter, so it really complements the savory flavor of the lobster in the roll. It’s also spicy, so it helps cut through some of the richness of the roll.
- Clam chowder: This New England classic is a great match for lobster rolls because it has potatoes and milk in it, like the roll does! The two flavors play off each other really well.
- Tomato bisque: If you don’t feel like having something too rich or heavy, then tomato bisque might be a good option for you—it’s light, but still flavorful enough to satisfy your palate after eating that delicious roll! Ramen: Ramen is a Japanese soup that’s made with noodles and meat, so it’s similar to the roll in that respect. The roll has butter on it, so having some salty broth to balance out all of that richness is really nice!
- Cream of mushroom soup: Cream of mushroom soup is a classic; it’s something many people grew up with and still love. It’s easy to make, too—all you need to do is heat up some milk and add mushrooms and onions until they’re soft.
- Chicken noodle soup: Chicken noodle soup is another classic, and it’s hard to beat. It’s made with chicken broth, carrots and celery, so it’s light but still flavorful.
- Beef stroganoff: Beef stroganoff is a classic, hearty dish that’s made with noodles and lots of sauce. It’s great for cold days or when you’re feeling under the weather because it warms you up right away!
What Salad Goes with Lobster Rolls?
Sometimes you want to make the meal a little more interesting.
- You want to add some texture!
- You want to add some crunch!
- You want something that will make your mouth water at the sight of it.
Here are 5 salads that go well with lobster rolls:
- Avocado Salad: It’s easy to think of a salad as just lettuce and dressing, but we think avocado salad is one of those things that elevates your salad game by 100%. Add some avocado slices and red onion, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with salt. Bonus points if you mix in some croutons or even some bacon bits!
- Caprese Salad: All right, so this one might be cheating a little bit because caprese salad isn’t really a “salad” per se—it’s more like an antipasto platter with tomatoes on top. But whatever you call it, it’s delicious when paired with lobster rolls! Just slice up some fresh mozzarella balls and add cherry tomatoes cut in half, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, and basil leaves, and you’re done!
- Kale Salad: Kale is all the rage these days, and for good reason—it’s healthy, it’s flavorful, and it’s versatile. For this salad, simply massage some kale with olive oil and lemon juice, then top with shaved Parmesan cheese, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries. Season with salt and pepper, and you have a salad that’s both healthy and delicious!
- Chicken Salad: Chicken salad is a classic, and it’s one of my favorite go-to lunches. Simply cook up some chicken breasts and shred them into bite-sized pieces, then mix with diced celery and sweet pickles. Top with mayonnaise or Greek yogurt (for a lighter option), salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
- Tuna Salad: This is another easy lunch recipe that’ll have you feeling like an accomplished chef in no time at all! Just combine canned tuna with diced celery, sweet pickles, mayonnaise or Greek yogurt (for a lighter option), salt and pepper to taste. If you want to spice things up, add some mustard and relish as well! Then just wrap it all up in a tortilla or lettuce leaf and enjoy!
What to Serve with Lobster Rolls (25 Best Sides & More)
- Potato Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Cucumber Salad
- Creamy Ranch Dressing
- Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
- Cocktail Sauce (for dipping)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Creamed Spinach
- New England Clam Chowder
- French Fries
- Onion Rings
- Tater Tots
- Baked Beans
- Green Salad
- Corn on the Cob
- Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
- Arugula Salad
- Lobster Roll With Avocado Mayo
- Lobster Mac and Cheese
- Mango Chutney
- Lobster Roll With Garlic Aioli
- Potato Chips
- Pasta Salad
- Deviled Eggs
- Pick any of the dishes from this list to serve with your lobster rolls.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Serve it up and enjoy in less than 20 minutes!