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Nova Scotia Lobster: 20+ Ways To Enjoy Lobster in Nova Scotia

How do you like to eat lobster? You can try so many variations of Nova Scotia lobster dishes across the province.

Nova Scotia Lobster is one of the most renowned seafood in the world and for good reason! They have made it their life’s work to bring the best Atlantic lobster to our tables.

Nova Scotia is so proud of their lobster that it’s part of their culture from seafood restaurants specializing in lobster and lobster experiences all around the province.

Something unique to Nova Scotia is The Nova Scotia Lobster Trail, which has dozens of restaurants, retail and fisheries that feature some of the freshest lobster dishes and lobster-related experiences in the Province.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua holding big stuffed lobster

Also, every year in February, Nova Scotia hosts the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl Festival, a month-long celebration about all things lobster. This annual event on the South Shore have more than unique 150 amazing Lobster experiences to sip, savour, shop, stay and enjoy.

It’s no denying that the lobster industry is huge in Nova Scotia. As a matter of fact, the Municipality of Barrington is known as The Lobster Capital of Canada.

It’s amazing how much love there is for lobster that there are so many ways to enjoy them in Nova Scotia. And some are so unique that I’ve only ever had them in the province.

So when you visit Nova Scotia, here’s a fun checklist guide of lobster dishes you can plan out for your trip!

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What is Nova Scotia Lobster?

Nova Scotia Lobster is one of Canada’s most valuable seafood export, harvested from the cold, clean, pristine waters along the Atlantic Coast.

Nova Scotia has some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds in the world, which are Marine Stewardship Council certified (MSC) to ensure wild seafood sustainability.

The short time between harvesting and processing ensures that the lobster tastes as fresh as the day it was caught.

It’s funny to think that lobster now is considered high-end that people pay good money for when, back in the day, lobsters were considered poor man’s food and were served in prisons.

Crates of Nova Scotia Lobster at Ryer's Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour
Ryer’s Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour

Is Nova Scotia Lobster Healthy?

These lobsters are healthy for most diets too. Known for its hard shell and full sweet meat, Nova Scotia lobster is low in fat and calories, and provides good amounts of protein.

Aside from being a great source of selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, they can also help protect against thyroid disease, depression, and anemia. Now that’s lobsterrific!

Steamed Lobster at Breakwater Inn in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

How Long is Lobster Season in Nova Scotia?

Though lobster is available fresh all year-round in Nova Scotia, each fishing area has different times when lobster is in season and can be harvested, which accounts for the varying lobster prices.

This is one of the ways they maintain sustainability.

Did you know? The Guinness World Record for the largest caught lobster was set in Nova Scotia. The lobster caught in 1977 and weighed 44 lbs 6 oz (20.14 kg).

Man holding lobster at Ryer's Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Lobster Dishes To Try

If you didn’t have lobster in Nova Scotia, did you even go to Nova Scotia? A visit to Nova Scotia wouldn’t be complete without having lobster.

Out of all the Nova Scotia food, Lobster is definitely the most popular. I’ve been to Nova Scotia many times and have enjoyed lobster all across the province.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua with four lobster rolls at Breakwater Inn in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Similar to when I did the BC Seafood Festival, when I did the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl Festival, I was eating lobster for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day. And I was never tired of it!

As a travelling foodie, I’m always on the look out for different ways lobster is served, and it amazes me that I’m always finding new ways. The province can get really creative with lobster.

Lady holding 13 pound massive lobster at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia

In this Nova Scotia lobster guide, I’m featuring all the ways I’ve enjoyed lobster in Nova Scotia during my trips and where I tried them.

Note: I’ll be updating this list as I try more so be sure to BOOKMARK/SAVE/PIN this page for future reference.

If you’re a visual learner, here is a video on Nova Scotia Lobster dishes, which we cover in more detail in this blog post including where to eat them in Nova Scotia.

Traditional Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner

The most common and popular way, the traditional Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner is simply steaming or boiling fresh live lobster then served on a plate with a side of melted butter and a lemon wedge.

When lobster is this fresh and delicious, simple is sometimes the best way!

And what’s the best drink to pair this with? Some Tidal Bay wine.

4 Steamed Lobsters at Peggy's Cove Lobster in Nova Scotia
U-Cook Lobster Experience at Peggy’s Cove Lobster in Peggy’s Cove – learn the traditional way of cooking lobster. You’ll even see a traditional lobster pot.
Nova Scotian Lobster Dinner at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotian Lobster Dinner as part of the Ultimate Lobster Bay & Tusket Island Tour Package at The Argyler Lodge in Argyle – Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Garlic & Dill Boiled Potatoes, and Corn on the Cob
Cracked Lobster at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia
Lobster Meal at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville – with melted butter, bib, choice of roll or coleslaw plus one side
Half Lobster from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax
Half Lobster from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax

Also Read: Best Restaurants in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Lobster Roll

The next most popular lobster dish is the lobster roll, widely available in the Canadian Maritimes and US New England.

Lobster roll is a grilled hot dog-style bun with an opening on top filled with lobster meat. Restaurants differ on a variety of ways: different bread, different garnishes, amount of mayo, and how the lobster meat is broken up.

Lobster Rolls are such a big deal in Nova Scotia that there’s even a South Shore Lobster Crawl Lobster Roll Challenge to determine which roll reigns supreme!

Lobster Roll at Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia
Cold Lobster Roll at Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage – local NS lobster, baby spinach, celery, green onion & mayo on a buttery, grilled bun served with fries & slaw.
Lobster Roll at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Lobster Roll at The Crow’s Nest in Digby – NS lobster mixed with mayo on a toasted New England style bun
Lobster Roll at Peggy's Cove Lobster in Nova Scotia
Lobster Roll at Peggy’s Cove Lobster in Peggy’s Cove – on fresh toasted bun, topped with parsley, a side of potato chips and a slice of lemon.
Nova Scotia Lobster Roll at Blarney Stone Restaurant in Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Lobster Roll at Blarney Stone Restaurant in Hebbs Cross – hot dog bun stuffed with lobster, lettuce, celery, mayonnaise and a bit of dill. Served with fries and coleslaw.
Lobster Roll at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester, Nova Scotia
The Kiwi Lobster Roll at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester – Large pieces of lobster with dill mayo, served in a buttered and toasted brioche roll

Nova Scotia Creamed Lobster

Creamed Lobster is a lobster dish unique to Nova Scotia created by Clara Harris, a local restaurant owner in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores.

A Southwest Nova Scotia staple, creamed lobster is made with four simple ingredients: lobster meat, butter, cream, and vinegar. You’ll typically find creamed lobster on the menu either as-is or poured on top of something.

The first time I had it. I was hooked.

It’s dangerously addicting. And the best part is eating whatever is underneath, like toasted bread, which has soaked up all the creamy goodness.

Hot Creamed Lobster with vegetables at La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
Hot Creamed Lobster (Homard à la crème) at La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville – creamed lobster smothered over toasted bread
Creamed Lobster on toast at The Canteen in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Creamed Lobster at The Canteen in Halifax – lobster, cream, garlic, shallots, tarragon, toasted Birdie’s sourdough
Creamed Lobster Fries at Blarney Stone in Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia
Creamed Lobster Fries at Blarney Stone in Hebbs Cross – lattice cut fries topped with mozzarella and lobster in a cream sauce with a hint of dill
Pouring Lobster Sauce over Haddock Cakes at Coastal Queens in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia
Haddock Cakes with Lobster Sauce during Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl Festival 2020 at Coastal Queens Place in Port Mouton – with biscuit, coleslaw and dessert

Creamed Lobster Chicken Kiev

This creamed lobster variant is the first I’ve seen so it deserves its own entry. Creamed lobster is commonly topped on toasted bread, fried haddock or fries.

This one has creamed lobster topped on Chicken Kiev, a Russian dish made with chicken breast stuffed with garlic butter which blended nicely when mixed with the creamed lobster.

Inside the Chicken Kiev with Creamed Lobster at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville, Nova Scotia
Chicken Lucy at The Quarterdeck Resort in Summerville – Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Garlic Butter, topped with Creamed Lobster

Lobster Bisque

A popular cream based soup, lobster bisque is the soup that best leverages Nova Scotia lobsters. The initial stock is made with lobster shells and the final bisque uses this stock along with pureed lobster meat.

It’s smooth, creamy, comforting and packed with flavours of lobster!

Lobster Bisque at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lobster Bisque by Lunenburg fishmonger Kelly Conrad of Dory Mates’ Seafood Shop during the Spirited Crustaceans event for 2020 Lobster Crawl Festival at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg – halibut, lobster stock, tomato, wine, thyme, homemade focaccia
Lobster Bisque from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax
Lobster Bisque from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lobster Beer

One of the mind-blowing lobster creations you can find in Nova Scotia is the Lobster Beer. I first had it at Saltbox Brewing and didn’t know what to expect.

But WOW!

You can taste the lobster but, interestingly enough, it’s at the finish.

The initial taste is that of pilsner that serves to palate cleanse your tongue then hits you with with the taste of lobster and sea salt along with a hint of tomalley.

Crustacean Elation Lobster Beer at Saltbox Brewing in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Crustacean Elation – Lobster Beer at Saltbox Brewing in Mahone Bay

Also Read: Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lobster Burger

Being one of the most popular foods in North America, it’s not surprising that you’ll find lobster make its way to a burger.

Unlike lobster rolls which only use lobster meat, lobster burgers tend to have a beef patty along with the lobster meat.

It’s basically Surf N Turf in burger form. And it’s delicious!

The Lunenburger (Lobster + Beef) at the Grand Banker in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Lunenburger at the Grand Banker in Lunenburg – six ounces of hand formed local ground beef, smoked mozzarella, smoked bacon, baby spinach, garlic aioli, topped with lobster knuckle and claw meat, and tarragon butter sauce. Served on a local artisan bun and picked with bacon-wrapped scallop

Lobster Canapes

Canapes are small bites made with a base (like bread or crackers) and topped with a savoury food and garnish, and typically held in the fingers and eaten in one bite.

What’s a better topping than Nova Scotia lobster.

Lobster Canapes at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lobster Canapes by Lunenburg fishmonger Kelly Conrad of Dory Mates’ Seafood Shop during the Spirited Crustaceans event for 2020 Lobster Crawl Festival at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg – fried wonton, lobster salad, celery root remoulade

Lobster Congee

Congee is a type of porridge using rice, and is a staple dish in China as an everyday meal especially for breakfast. Savoury congee is often cooked with flavourful ingredients and meats.

It’s not very common to find Asian food in Nova Scotia outside Halifax let alone find congee. So I was very excited and happy when I was served lobster congee at The Breakwater Inn.

Lobster Congee at Breakwater Inn in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Lobster Congee at the Breakwater Inn in Peggy’s Cove

Lobster Eggs Benedict

One of the most popular breakfast or brunch dishes is Eggs Benedict, consisting of two halves of an English muffin, each topped with a protein, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.

Common toppings for Eggs Benedict are smoked salmon, bacon, ham, steak, and sometimes crab cakes.

But in Nova Scotia, the common topping is lobster. Who doesn’t want lobster for breakfast or brunch?

Lobster Eggs Benedict at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Lobster Eggs Benedict at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester – garnished with homefries and micro greens

Lobster Fondue

Fondue is a melted cheese dish served in a communal heated pot and eaten by dipping bread or other bite-sized food into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.

A dessert version of fondue sees the use of melted chocolate as the dip.

In Nova Scotia, the lobster fondue is a variant of creamed lobster and fondue, where, instead of melted cheese, they use lobster cream for dipping. And you’re dipping bread and lobster into it.

Lobster Skewer dipped in cream sauce at Captain Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington, Nova Scotia
Lobster Fondue at Captain Kat’s Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage – sauteed fresh Atlantic lobster served on skewers with garlic toast and a pot of warm lobster cream for dipping

Lobster Fritters

Deep fried ball of lobster and pasta. Enough said.

Lobster Fritters at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lobster Fritters by Lunenburg fishmonger Kelly Conrad of Dory Mates’ Seafood Shop during the Spirited Crustaceans event for 2020 Lobster Crawl Festival at Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg – pasta, asiago, aged cheddar, truffle oil, panko crust

Lobster Omelette

One thing I’ve always enjoyed with omelettes is the variety of toppings you can have on it, and my favourite toppings are bacon, mushrooms, brie (or other cheeses) and, of course, Nova Scotia lobster.

Lobster Omelette at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester, Nova Scotia
Lobster Omelette and Toast at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester – with three toppings
Lobster Omelette at Breakwater Inn in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Lobster Omelette at Breakwater Inn in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Lobster Gelato

A crazy lobster creation that I’ve only had in Nova Scotia is lobster gelato. I was mind-blown with how unique it tastes.

It was slightly sweet with a slight savoury taste of lobster. It may taste weird at first as you process the idea of lobster gelato.

But once you get used to it, you realize that it’s so good!

Lobster Gelato at Acadian Maple Products in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
Lobster Gelato at Acadian Maple Products in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia

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Lobster Pasta

With the abundance of lobster, it’s not surprising Lobster Pasta is very prevalent in Nova Scotia. You can find lobster pasta in both casual and fine dining restaurants.

When it comes to lobster and pasta, the pasta-bilities are endless!

Lobster Pasta at Elliot's Dining Room in White Point Beach Resort in Queens County, Nova Scotia
Lobster Linguine at Elliot’s Dining Room in White Point Beach Resort in Queens County
Lobster Linguine Pasta at Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Lobster Linguine at Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville – Lobster pieces, linguine, tomato & scallions in horseradish cream
Noodle Lifting Lobster Linguine at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Linguine all’Aragosta at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax – with local NS Lobster, San Marzano tomato, garlic, Vino bianco, cream, Parmigiano

Lobster Pizza

Unlike Lobster Pasta which is easy to find in Nova Scotia, Lobster Pizza tends to be harder. I’ve only seen it at one place so far, The Port Grocer.

It was my first time trying lobster pizza, and it really should be more popular: an oatmeal crust with white wine sauce, mozzarella, swiss cheese and parmesan topped with big chunks of lobster. Amazing!

A Slice of Lobster Pizza at Port Grocer in Port Medway, Nova Scotia
Lobster Pizza at The Port Grocer in Port Medway

Lobster Poutine

Lobster Poutine in Nova Scotia is a twist to the ultimate Canadian comfort food poutine. Instead of the usual gravy, creamed lobster is poured on top of fries.

Lifting the Lobster Poutine at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Lobster Poutine at The Argyler Lodge in Argyle – creamed lobster over house-cut fries topped with cheese curds and green onions
Lobster Poutine at Blarney Stone in Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia
Lobster Poutine at Blarney Stone in Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia – golden fries with real cheese curds and covered with creamed lobster

Lobster Tempura

Tempura is a Japanese dish of meat, seafood or vegetables that are battered then deep fried. Typically in a Japanese restaurant, you can find shrimp, squid, scallop, crab meat, yam, onion and vegetable tempura.

It’s very rare to find lobster tempura in general even in Japan, but you can sometimes find them in Nova Scotia.

A piece of Tempura Lobster Tail from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax
Tempura Lobster Tail from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax

Poached Nova Scotia Lobster

Poached lobsters are less common to find in Nova Scotia because boiling and steaming is the traditional way. But you can get some delicious tasting lobster with this technique based on the liquid used when slow cooking at low temperature.

Bacon & Leek Butter Poached Lobster Tail from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax (top down shot)
Bacon & Leek Butter Poached Lobster Tail from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax – with Bang Bang Sauce (garlic aioli, roasted red peper coulis, micro lemon balm)

Seafood Boil

Seafood Boils are a popular way of eating seafood in the USA, where a large pot of mixed seafood is boiled with a flavourful broth.

Once cooked and removed from the pot, it is often then tossed/mixed with sauce and seasoning, commonly shaken in a plastic bag for Cajun-style seafood boil.

Seafood Boils became a food trend in Toronto back in 2015, but I’ve only seen it in one local restaurant in Nova Scotia, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar.

At Shuck, the seafood boil is tossed tableside with the boil sauce, which is a reduction from the seafood, white wine, black garlic and chive butter.

Seafood Boil at Shuck Halifax
Shuck Boil at Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar in Halifax – full NS lobster, mussels, clams, canner lobster, baby potato, house sausage, seasonal veggies, black garlic & chive butter, garlic texas toast

Seafood Chowder

The other popular cream-based soup is seafood chowder, a hearty soup chock full of chunky seafood, potatoes and other ingredients.

Seafood Chowder is serious business in Nova Scotia. In fact, every year during the Lobster Craw Festival, there’s an Annual Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown held in Chester.

Chef Alain Bosse and Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua with Lobster Mascot at Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown in Chester, Nova Scotia
For The Love of Lobster 2020’s Annual Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown with Kilted Chef Alain Bosse

In Nova Scotia, you’ll tend to find two variations for chowder. One that is milkier (more liquid consistency) and one that is creamier (thicker consistency).

Did you know? Nova Scotia chowder historically used canned milk as the base back in the day because it is more reheatable and less expensive than cream. This version tends to be less thick in consistency than what we’re used to now.

For soups with lobster, Seafood Chowder is the most common to find in Nova Scotia. But be sure to look at the menu description because not all restaurants in the province use lobster as part of their chowder.

Seafood Chowder at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Seafood Chowder at The Crow’s Nest in Digby – cup of chowder with haddock, scallops and lobster
Lobster and Corn Chowder at Elliott's Dining Room in White Point Resort in Hunts Point, Nova Scotia
Lobster and Corn Chowder at Elliott’s Dining Room in White Point Resort in Hunts Point
Lobster Chowder at The Canteen in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canteen Chowder at The Canteen in Halifax – haddock, smoked haddock, mussels, lobster, bacon, fresh dill, house made biscuit
A piece of lobster in seafood chowder during Annual Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown 2020 in Chester, Nova Scotia
Annual Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown 2020 in Chester
Spoonful of Potatoes and Lobster from Seafood Chowder at The Split Crow Pub Halifax
Queen’s County Chowder at The Split Crow Pub in Halifax – The Crow’s signature recipe: Lobster, haddock & potatoes in a creamy broth
Seafood Chowder at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville Centre, Nova Scotia
Summerville Seafood Chowder at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville Centre – Scallops, Haddock, Cold Water Shrimp and Lobster, Garnished with Mussels
Scallop and Lobster from Chowder at Tusket Island Tours Lunch in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Scallop and Lobster Chowder from Tusket Island Tours in Yarmouth
Seafood Chowder at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester, Nova Scotia
Lobster and Haddock Chowder at The Kiwi Cafe in Chester – small. Served with fresh baguette
Creamed Seafood Chowder at Argyler Lodge & Restaurant in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Seafood Chowder at the Argyler Lodge & Restaurant in Argyle – Haddock, scallops, lobster in a creamed broth

Seafood Platter

When you venture outside Halifax, seafood platters are pretty common. This is a platter of fried seafood, typically of fish, shrimp, clams and scallops.

It just makes sense to add lobster to complete the seafood platter experience, even though the lobster may not be fried.

Seafood Platter at Blarney Stone in Hebbs Cross, Nova Scotia
Seafood Patter at Blarney Stone Restaurant in Hebbs Cross – shrimp, scallops, lobster, haddock and clams

Map of Nova Scotia Lobster Dishes

Here’s a map of all the places to eat and drink covered in this list for Nova Scotia Lobster dishes!

Hope this Nova Scotia Lobster Guide gives you an idea on the different lobster dishes you can enjoy in the province. It’s really amazing to see the lobster culture here.

I’m always looking for the best places to eat and drink lobster creations in Nova Scotia. Let me know what lobster dishes I missed and where to eat them.

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Nova Scotia Guide to Lobster Dishes on TravellingFoodie.net

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