This lobster artichoke dip is a delightful appetizer for seafood lovers with a surprise of lobster meat tucked into a rich and creamy, savory sauce.
It’s a perfect appetizer to serve with a homemade seafood dinner menu or any special dinner you are hosting.
Growing up, it was a tradition for our family to have artichoke dip on Christmas Eve. My aunt made it for us one year and it was of course so good that we just had to have her repeat it each year.
I would always look forward to that dip, with the creamy artichoke pieces that tasted so amazing on Triscuit crackers.
This lobster artichoke dip reminds me of that flavorful artichoke dip. It brings back memories of celebrating with family and the joy of the holiday season.
We still serve it for Christmas and special occasions.
And, this lobster artichoke dip recipe is also similar to Red Lobster style, with lobster and seasoning added.
Content in this Post
- Ingredients in Lobster Artichoke Dip
- How To Make Lobster Artichoke Dip
- STEP 1: Add Ingredients To A Large Bowl
- STEP 2: Mix Well
- STEP 3: Transfer To Oven Safe Dish
- STEP 4: Sprinkle Paprika and Bake in Oven
- What To Serve With Lobster Artichoke Dip
- More Easy Red Lobster Style Appetizers
- Preparation and Storage Tips
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Ingredients in Lobster Artichoke Dip
Many artichoke dip recipes include mayo, but this recipe is without mayo.
- Lobster — lobster meat, cut into bite sized pieces. We cook our lobster tails according to this lobster tails recipe. You can choose to make the lobster tails with or without seasoning.
- Artichoke — one can of artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and cut into bite sized pieces.
- Cream Cheese — four ounces (half of a standard package) of softened Philadelphia cream cheese. It should be at room temperature to mix easily with the rest of the ingredients.
- Sour Cream — use full fat sour cream or if you’d rather you can substitute Turkish labneh or Greek yogurt.
- Parmesan — freshly grated parmesan cheese from a block of Parmigiano Reggiano is recommended for best results.
- Cheddar Cheese — use shredded cheddar cheese, or other favorite cheeses, like mozzarella or Monterrey Jack if you prefer.
- Garlic — use fresh cloves, peeled and minced. Fresh garlic is a nice touch, but if you usually find fresh garlic too strong, you can omit or substitute with a pinch of garlic powder.
- Hot Sauce — a dash of Frank’s Red Hot, or similar hot sauce, if you like it, or you can omit.
- Paprika — sprinkle some smoked paprika over top of the lobster artichoke dip before serving. This adds flavor and adds to the presentation of this appetizer.
- Salt — ground Himalayan pink salt added to the dish enhances all of the flavors.
- Pepper — you can add some freshly ground black pepper to this dip.
How To Make Lobster Artichoke Dip
This is a really simple dip to prepare when you have cooked lobster meat. But, it is also easy to make your own cooked lobster. Follow the steps in our baked lobster tails recipe.
When you have your cooked lobster meat ready, then you’re off to the races!
STEP 1: Add Ingredients To A Large Bowl
Place the diced lobster meat, chopped artichoke hearts, softened room temperature cream cheese and remaining ingredients into a large bowl.
STEP 2: Mix Well
Combine the ingredients thoroughly, using a spoon or spatula.
STEP 3: Transfer To Oven Safe Dish
Use a spatula to transfer the ingredients from the mixing bowl over to an oven safe baking dish.
Ideally, the oven safe baking dish can also function as the serving dish. That way, you won’t need to transfer the dip from the baking dish to a serving dish.
STEP 4: Sprinkle Paprika and Bake in Oven
Sprinkle on some smoked paprika for added flavor and garnish. The red color gives it a nice pop for presentation!
Place the oven safe dish with the lobster artichoke dip into the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until melted and heated through.
Serve with crackers, pita bread wedges and nacho chips.
What To Serve With Lobster Artichoke Dip
With the dip, you can serve crackers, nacho chips (colorful ones are a nice touch!), pita bread wedges, and Pico de Gallo.
Any of the following Red Lobster inspired main dishes:
Include any of these Red Lobster style side dishes:
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf
- Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
- Garlic Green Beans
- Instant Pot Seasoned Broccoli
- Instant Pot Orzo
More Easy Red Lobster Style Appetizers
- Red Lobster Style Crab Pita Pizza (shown below)
- Stuffed Mushroom Caps With Crabmeat
- Parmesan Crab Dip
- Escargot Stuffed Mushrooms
Preparation and Storage Tips
It’s super convenient to prepare this dish the night before your event and cook and serve it the next day. Just cover and keep in your refrigerator until you need it.
You can keep leftover lobster artichoke dip tightly covered in fridge for up to three days. This dip is best enjoyed while freshest, soon after baking.
Although, leftover lobster artichoke dip can be frozen for up to a month, if needed. But, we’d be very surprised if there would be any leftovers to freeze!
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Red Lobster Style Crab Pita Pizza is another favorite appetizer, with its fresh basil, lobster or crabmeat, diced tomatoes and melted cheese.
Lobster Artichoke Dip
- 1 cup Lobster Meat, diced into bite sized pieces
- 14 ounces Artichoke Hearts, canned, rinsed and drained, remove excess liquid
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened, room temperature
- ½ cup Sour Cream, full fat, not light
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- ¼ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced, or 1 if you like less
- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, optional
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Paprika
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place diced cooked lobster meat, chopped artichoke hearts, softened cream cheese, and remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
- Mix well until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Transfer the lobster and artichoke mixture into an oven safe baking dish. Use one that also functions as a serving dish so you won't need to transfer the mix again.
- Sprinkle with smoked paprika. Place the oven safe baking dish with the lobster artichoke dip into the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and the dip is heated through.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.