Lobster Mac and Cheese

Comfort food for the seafood lover; an easy recipe for creamy two cheese lobster macaroni and cheese.

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

This is another one of those recipes I’d been dreaming of making for quite some time. I’m pretty sure last year I planned on making it once or twice but it never happened and eventually I forgot about it. This year I had intended on making a lobster dish or two over the summer, but yeah… that didn’t happen. I got this particular idea stuck in my head again and couldn’t let it slide. It had to be made. I wanted to make it. So I had just had a baby…I didn’t care, it wouldn’t stop me. Making a pasta dish couldn’t possibly be that labor intensive. Plus, I had a special occasion I really wanted to make it for… our 7th wedding anniversary!

The Mr is a big fan of seafood and I’m not, so we never eat it at home. The least I could do is make something special for him on our special day. I wrote up my plan and made a list of what ingredients I needed to pick up… oh plus those needed for the special anniversary dessert which you’ll have to wait to see. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

My biggest issue was figuring out what to do about the lobster meat. Do I buy a live lobster and cook it myself? Do I buy a lobster and have whoever I’m buying it from cook it for me? Do I even need a whole lobster? Would the tail be enough? Oh but what about just finding meat ready to go? And then what about where to get it… do I just go to the grocery store or do I find a fish market? You see… since I’m not a fan of seafood I clearly haven’t ever purchased lobster myself, forget the issue of preparing it! In the end I ventured into a local fish market, hoping for the best and hoping to not make a complete fool of myself. I was able to pick up lobster meat ready to go. That made my life SO much easier.

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Since the only issue was the lobster, and in the end it wasn’t even an issue, the rest was a piece of cake! Seriously easy and from what I was told, definitely delicious. If you love lobster… and of course mac n cheese, then this is a must try. It could certainly be made and eaten any day, but sometimes a dish like this deserves a special occasion. Who says Tuesdays or any other day of the week aren’t special occasions though? ;) I’d be happy to help justify any day as a special occasion for you if you need to.

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Comfort food for the seafood lover; creamy two cheese lobster macaroni and cheese. A fun addition to any meal plan!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta
Servings: 4


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 C half and half
  • 1 C sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 C Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 1/2 lb lobster meat fully cooked


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta to your liking. Meanwhile in a double boiler, set over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk to combine. Carefully pour in half and half, stir and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Add handfuls of shredded cheese to warm mixture, stirring occasionally. Continue adding cheese slowly until it has all been added to the double boiler. Season and continue to stir occasionally. Prepare cooked lobster meat by chopping into pieces no larger than bite size, set aside.
  • Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Pour cheese mixture over pasta. Stir to coat well. Toss lobster in and stir to disperse meat throughout.
  • Divide pasta among individual oven safe dishes or one large dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve warm.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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43 Responses to “Lobster Mac and Cheese”

  1. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — September 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

    YUM! I don’t even like lobster but that looks delicious!

  2. #
    The Mr. — September 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I just drooled on myself. Not cool.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — September 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I chuckled at your comment about making a pasta dish not being as labor intensive as labor :)

    I never had lobster until we went to Maine two years ago. I fell in love with it. Lobster rolls. Lobster Bisque. Lobster omelet. But, sadly, no lobster mac and cheese!

    I’ve never bought lobster before either but sounds like getting the meat was easy enough. No excuse as to why I cant make this. Great idea! (Ps – Happy Anniversary :) )

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      Rachel — September 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I realized the bad joke as I was writing it but decided to keep it in there anyway lol. So far this is the only lobster dish I’ve ever made but now that I know I can get the meat easily enough, more recipes are sure to follow!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — September 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    so, today is my birthday… you can send this to me, right!?? :)

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      Rachel — September 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

      lol I could but if it doesn’t arrive you’ll have to blame the delivery people ;) Have a great birthday!!

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    Wine and Good Food — September 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Look incredible! I have always wanted to make lobster mac and cheese too but never seem to get around to actually making it…thanks for the inspiration!

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    RavieNomNoms — September 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Lobster mac is like one of the best things in the entire world!! Yours looks amazing

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    This looks amazing, I love, love, love lobster. I’ve wanted to make lobster mac and cheese for so long but have a hard time justifying the cost of lobster when my boyfriend would be equally happy with fish sticks. Sigh.

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      Rachel — September 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      It’s definitely a pricey pasta dish but it’s worth it! :)

  8. #
    Tracey — September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Oh yum, homemade lobster mac and cheese? Now that’s how you celebrate an anniversary :)

  9. #
    nicole — September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    how do you not like lobster!?!? crazy!

    BF doesn’t really like lobster so more for me. I should make this for myself. yum

  10. #
    Amanda (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) — September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This is totally up my alley. I definitely would save it for a special occasion though!

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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — September 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Yeah, I’m with you on the lobster – blech. The mac and cheese part looks great though, and it was sweet of you to make it for hubby. Hope your anniversary was happy :)

  12. #
    Happy When Not Hungry — September 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    WOW! Looks amazing!

  13. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    How sweet are you to make this for your hubby on your anniversary, and not even like Lobster!! I don’t either, but I know my hubby would love this. I would be lost as to what to do about the lobster as well. I remember wanting to make my hubby shrimp scampi before we were married – and I was at a total loss. I didn’t want to deal with the shell and the vein!

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    Kita — September 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I have always wanted to try lobster mac and cheese but wondered if the lobster is overpowered by the cheesy awesomeness. Your’s looks amazing – love those big chunks of lobster mingling with the noodles and cheese.

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    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — September 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Rachel, this looks amazing. I am thinking up special occasions so I can make it. I love the irony of this this – the luxurious lobster and the mid-week supper meet and make magic! Wonderful photos!

  16. #
    Cassie l Bake Your Day — September 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    That lobster is beautiful! This whole things sounds delicious. Great recipe!

  17. #
    Heather — September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Ohhh, lobster mac is SO GOOD.

  18. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Yum! Seafood isn;t my favorite..but I still want it to be sometimes. What a sweet meal to make for your hubby!

  19. #
    Ann — September 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

    OH, delicious! I am SO allergic to lobster I can’t even go to a seafood restaurant…but I would LOVE to try this!

  20. #
    Michele (@AMushroomQueen) — December 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Love this recipe, thanks Rach!

  21. #
    cassandra — December 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    when you say a cup of half and half, its half and half what?

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      Rachel — December 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      In the US it is found near the milk and labeled as ‘half and half’. The mixture is typically cream and milk; often used in chowders, rich pasta dishes and drinks.

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    Neil — February 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I do a similar with shrimp, never thought of lobster sounds great.

  23. #
    jerry — April 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    could u give me a modified recipe for the Gruyere cheese live in Jamaica

    • #
      Rachel — April 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

      If you do not have Gruyere locally, I’d recommend just using your favorite Swiss cheese in it’s place.

  24. #
    Danielle Smith — June 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Sol easy to make and Delicious! !!!!! Yummy!

  25. #
    Nancy Sherburne — July 22, 2012 at 3:45 am

    It was truly a wonderful idea to create a lobster mac and cheese dish for your husband for your wedding anniversary and I do hope he appreciated your labors. I love lobster and been eating it since I ws 4 or 5 summering in five Islands, Maine with my parents and twin sister. I know how to boil them (my preferred method) and how to get out every bit of lobster meat. Still, it is nice lobster meat by itself is avaialble as it saves a lot of time and it doesn’t scald your fingers. I was wanting to see if I could whip up something I could pour into a patty shell with creeam and sherry, lobster, and who knows what else. Maybe you could come up with something along those lines. I only recently began watching Food Network shows including your 30-minute meals and love the help I have gotten in figuring out what seasonings to use on which meats and vegetables. Long live TFN!! And lobsters!!

  26. #
    Mary — August 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I am going to try this for our annual Girl’s Weekend at the Jersey shore. We come from Pa.and MD. to a friend’s house on Long Beach Island. We have been doing this for 35 years, evolving from singles to couples to families- and now just the women!! Besides celebrating beach weekends for 35 years, our wonderful hostess is celebrating her 60th birthday. Lobster mac and cheese is in order!!! And of course Champagne, wine and beer!! We can’t drink as much as we did back in the day, but we do alright! Looking forward to making this!!

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      Rachel — August 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! :) Have a great weekend.

  27. #
    Nancy Sherburne — September 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

    No feedback for my wishes. May as well delete this site from my list of Favorites. Any replies will not be read.

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      Rachel — September 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Sorry to disappoint you, Nancy but I am not Rachael Ray and do not have a show on the Food Network. I cannot devote special time to all of the requests that are made. Perhaps searching for those ingredients in a general google search will provide you with some results.

  28. #
    Danielle — December 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This is delish!!! Had it in NY at a very upscale resesturant. I made my like there’s with a small can of black truffle cream.

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    Karen — January 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Looks fantatsic! Hoping to make it this weekend. How many servings is the above recipe? Looking to make for 14 people, how should I adjust the recipe? Thanks!

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      Rachel — January 22, 2014 at 7:20 am

      It’s been a while but based on the amounts I’d guess those amounts would serve 6-8 depending on portion sizes which can honestly vary so greatly. You’ll at the very least want to double it (if not more) for the number you’re looking to serve.

  30. #
    Susanne Maizer — March 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    My granddaughters love mac n cheese and I know they will love this version … I know I will LOL.. Looks easy to prepare for a mid-week surprise dinner! Thanks!!

    • #
      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I hope everyone enjoys it! :)

  31. #
    Nick — August 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    My daughter came home from a dinner with friends and said she had lobster Mac and cheese. A real occasion as I could never get her to try lobster before. Evidently anything that includes M&C is fair game.
    I’m trying your recipe today for her. will let you know how it goes.

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      Rachel — August 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I hope everyone enjoys it! :)

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    Mary — December 25, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Just made this tonight for Christmas Eve dinner to share with friends. Very easy to do (once the lobster was purchased, as you did, at a local fish market!)…and the flavors are fantastic. I did not add the salt…really not needed with all of the cheese. Sprinkled some shredded parmesan /reggiano cheese and a little panko breadcrumbs on top. Excellent recipe!!

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      Rachel — December 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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