Lobster Delight Dip is a creamy, bubbling hot “mock” lobster appetizer that can be made on a budget! No deep pockets needed for this appetizer recipe!
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An Inexpensive Appetizer Recipe For A Crowd!
Christmas is my favorite holiday, but with two kids (and a wife) it definitely leaves my wallet feeling a little lighter when it’s over.
And then there’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to get through. I don’t mean “get through” because I do love a good party on New Year’s Eve, but it’s a lot of cash going out the window this time of year.
So I put my brain to work and tried to come up with some inexpensive but still show stopping appetizers…because we don’t want to be just throwing down chips and salsa around the holidays.
In comes this Lobster Delight Dip. Bubbling, creamy cheese and big chunks of – nope – not lobster. Lobster Delight. But you really don’t have to tell anyone it’s not actually lobster…
What Is Lobster Delight?
Lobster Delight is an imitation lobster meat product that contains mostly Alaskan Pollock and some lobster meat. So yes, there is lobster in lobster delight, just not a lot of it.
This product makes having a lobster flavor and texture much more affordable which, for me, allows me to have it more often! An 8 ounce bag is only going to run you about 3 dollars, so stock up and make this Lobster Delight Dip more often!
Less than 10 dollars is all you need to make an awesome, hot lobster appetizer recipe that your guests are going to flip for. You can get creative with the dippers, we like keeping it simple with Ritz crackers.
How Do You Make A Lobster Dip?
Just grab a few of these simple ingredients and stir them together in a bowl.
Pour the dip into an 8″ x 8″ baking dish, top with shredded cheese and bake. I actually made my lobster appetizers in 2 crocks instead of one larger one.
One larger baking dish will cook in just about the same amount of time. Bake this lobster dip for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbling.
What Can You Use For Dipping In This Hot Dip Recipe?
Like I said before, we love Ritz crackers for this lobster appetizer. Buttery Ritz crackers go so well with this dip recipe, you have to put them out as an option! Some other ideas for dipping are:
- Tortilla Chips
- Saltine Crackers
- Pretzel Chips
- Vegetable Sticks (carrot and celery)
- Toasted Bread Slices
- Thick Sliced Potato Chips
Can You Freeze This Dip?
You can! We all need appetizer recipes for parties or the holidays that can be done ahead of time and this is one of them! Make this recipe up until baking, then wrap with heavy duty foil and freeze.
When you’re ready to bake, remove the lobster dip from the freezer and let defrost in your refrigerator. Bake following the recipe here but add about 15 minutes to the baking time.
If the dip is getting too brown on top just cover with foil until the center of the dip is hot.
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Lobster Delight Dip
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
This Lobster Delight Dip is a creamy, bubbling hot “mock” lobster appetizer that can be made on a budget! No deep pockets needed for this appetizer! The perfect, easy finger food recipe for parties.
- 1 (8 oz.) package Louis Kemp Lobster Delight
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated (divided)
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (divided)
- 1/4 cup red bell peppers, diced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- crackers or tortilla chips for dipping
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop the Lobster Delight into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
- Add the lobster delight, a 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, a 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, pepper, mayonnaise, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, dry mustard, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix together.
- Pour into a 8″ x 8″ square baking dish or you can use 2 (8 oz.) gratin dishes.
- Top with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is brown and bubbling.
- Serve hot with crackers, tortilla chips or pita chips.
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: lobster appetizer, lobster delight, appetizer recipe, dip recipe, hot dip recipe, holiday appetizers, new years eve food, new years appetizers
Have you ever made it with real lobster meat??? If not on a budget.
Hi Sandra – yes we have. We’ve actually made it with both lobster and crab. It’s even better!
I see garlic in your photo of ingredients, but it’s not in the recipe?
You’re right, Lisa it’s not. We tend to put garlic in everything so it would go great in here but in trying to keep the recipe simple we decided to leave it out.
Can you add other things to this? Like crab and shrimp?
Yes, you could definitely swap out crab or shrimp in this recipe!
Have you ever made this ahead of time? I was thinking about putting it together today no baking tomorrow.
Yes, it’s totally fine to make today and bake when you’re ready! Might just need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
Thanks Dan! I’ve made this dish several times and it’s always a crowd favorite! Glad you shared it. Have a good holiday weekend
Thank you so much! Have a great weekend too – cheers!
Will be making this recipe for thanksgiving dinner with my family
So happy to hear that Carol! I hope they like it!
I tried this tonight and for the most part it was good but was very very salty!
I’d cut the salt and Worcestershire sauce at least in half. I think I’ll add sautéed onions and celery next time too.
Made this recipe with langostino from Trader Joe’s. It tasted great, and looked amazing. I know langostino isn’t lobster, but it looked like it was full of baby lobster tails. Thank you Dan!
Langostino is probably a step up from the lobster delight that is actually used in this recipe! I bet it was amazing!
Would be better to shred the lobster chunks and seems a bit salty.
Patti, the instructions do say to chop the lobster delight into smaller pieces. I’m not sure how shreddable that product is but maybe you missed that step?
Can this be made in a crock pot? Love the taste but want to bring to a party and triple the recipe
I’m sure that you could, but my advice would be to triple the recipe (just use a larger baking dish) and bring that over to your party and bake it there. The melted cheese layer on top id the best part and I feel like the oven does the best job for that!
Can this recipe be frozen?
ream bases recipes often aren’t best frozen, are you looking to make it ahead of time?
Yes I am. I’ll be using langoustines which I thought were completely defrosted. Turns out they were still partially frozen so I popped the pkg back into the freezer. I’ll make the dip day before I need it. Thanks for your reply!
I really do not like mayonnaise. What can you substitute for mayonnaise?
It is a mayonnaise based dip so I’m not really sure. A lot of people substitute greek yogurt for mayonnaise, maybe give that a try?