BEST Lobster Ravioli Sauce with Lemon Brown Butter

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This indulgent BEST Lobster Ravioli sauce with Lemon Brown Butter recipe is ready in 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients! Easy recipe for weeknights and special enough for a date night at home.

If you love seafood, try these Classic Lobster Bisque Recipe (Easy) , Seared Scallops Charred Lemon and Butter, Spaghetti Frutti di Mare (Seafood Pasta), Orzo Pasta with Shrimp, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Artichokes, and King Crab Salad Recipe (Simple and Easy).

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BEST Lobster Ravioli Sauce with Lemon Brown Butter

Why I love this meal

Have you ever tasted lobster ravioli? If you haven’t, now is the time! You’ve seen it on the menu at Italian restaurants, and now you can make it right at home for a cozy date night or special occasion.

You will crave this delicious sauce with lobster ravioli regularly!

To make it easy, I use good quality store-bought lobster ravioli. You can make your ravioli with my detailed guide- How to Make Homemade Ravioli- Italian Recipe! You can also try Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce, and Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce (Pasta al Limone). If you’ve never made ravioli before check out my guide on how to cook frozen ravioli.

Ingredients for Lobster Ravioli Sauce

Optional: black pepper, red pepper flakes, or a dash of Old Bay seasoning for spice and a splash of heavy cream for richness.

See the recipe card for amounts

Ingredients for lobster ravioli on a white counter.

Instructions- How to Make Lobster Ravioli Sauce (step-by-step photos)

This delicious brown butter sauce is both fresh from the lemon and rich from the brown butter. It’s the perfect sauce for lobster ravioli.

  1. Place butter in the pan on medium heat in a large sauté pan.
  2. Brown the lemon slices on both sides. This will release a little lemon flavor into the butter sauce.
  3. Remove the lemons and set them aside on a clean plate.
  4. Add the remaining butter. When the butter begins bubbling slightly, add minced garlic and stir.
Cooking ingredients for lobster ravioli in a pan.
Making the brown butter lemon garlic sauce
  1. Stir the butter until the fat solids start to brown a little- a few minutes. Make sure not to burn the butter. 
  2. Boil a large pot of salted water. Add ravioli and cook until al dente.
  3. Add a 1/2 cup of the pasta water and let cook or an additional minute or so until velvety sauce forms!
Sauce for lobster ravioli in a pan.
The sauce will thicken a bit after adding the pasta water and letting it simmer for a minute
  1. You will know the ravioli are done cooking when they all rise to the top. Read How to Cook Fresh or Frozen Ravioli Pasta (Instructions) for precise details!
  2. Add the ravioli to the pan, using a slotted spoon, and stir gently to combine.
  3. Top with freshly grated parmigiano, parsley, and lemon zest, if desired.
  4. Serve with charred lemon on the side of the plate. Mangia! (eat)
Lobster ravioli in a pan.
Cooking the ravioli and adding them to the sauce. Garnish with browned lemons, parsley, and parmigiano cheese.

How to Properly Cook Store-Bought Ravioli

For this recipe, I use refrigerated Giovanni RANA brand Maine lobster ravioli. Buy these, or other varieties, at most grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Kroger. They are kept in the refrigerated section.

There will usually be directions on the package, but in the event you can’t find them:

  1. Bring a large pot of water (about 4 quarts of water and 1-2 tablespoons of salt).
  2. Add the ravioli and return to a gentle boil for 3-5 minutes. The ravioli should float to the top when they are done.
  3. If your ravioli is frozen, keep it in the freezer until the water is boiling, then cook for 7-8 minutes or until it floats to the top. Stir gently in the beginning and middle of cooking to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
  4. Drain the cooked ravioli and reserve some of the cooking water, about a cup.

Read How to Cook Fresh or Frozen Ravioli Pasta (Instructions) for more!

Lobster ravioli on a white plate.
Lobster ravioli on a plate with a side of grilled lemons.

What Type of Sauce is Best for Lobster Ravioli?

The best lobster ravioli sauce is typically a cream or butter sauce.

The sauce should be subtle yet flavorful to complement the lobster. I love to taste the flavor of lobster meat.

In this recipe, we use brown butter. It adds a depth of flavor without overpowering the dish.

Restaurant Style Lobster Ravioli Sauce

Lobster ravioli is a special treat in our home! I love the taste and don’t like overcomplicating the sauce to let the lobster taste shine.

The easy rich garlic butter sauce comes together in minutes while the ravioli are boiling. This luxurious lemony brown butter sauce with a hint of garlic is the perfect match!

Lobster ravioli on a white plate and a fork.
Lobster ravioli with delicious brown butter sauce!

Lobster Ravioli Sauce Recipe Tips

  • Use a Microplane for grating the cheese and the lemon zest. Read why I recommend grating your own cheese.
  • Lobster ravioli brands I recommend:
    • Giovanni Rana
    • Any locally made lobster ravioli works great as well
  • Good quality salted butter such as Kerrygold brand. This will level up your sauce!

Tips for Browning Butter

  • Make sure to brown butter over medium heat. There is a few seconds between brown and burnt butter. Keep an eye on it.
  • Use a light-colored pan so you can notice when the butter begins to brown.
  • When the butter begins to brown, immediately add the reserved pasta water.

More recipes with brown butter: BEST Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto Brown Butter, Gnocchi in Garlic and Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Brown Butter Basil Pasta Recipe- (Video), and Best Brown Butter Apple Pie.

Why I Love this Meal

This meal is both fancy and easy. It is a meal you might enjoy at a fancy Italian restaurant, yet you can make it at home in under 20 minutes!

We sometimes make this on weekdays as a special treat. My children love it too!

Lobster ravioli in a white bowl.
Irresistible lobster ravioli with grilled lemons.

Variations for Lobster Ravioli Sauce

If you want to add extra protein to this meal, try adding grilled shrimp or even chunks of fresh lobster tails!

To make the sauce extra creamy, you can add heavy cream.

This sauce also works well for other stuffed ravioli such as spinach, butternut squash, and three cheese.

Try adding fresh herbs that pair well with seafood, such as thyme.

If you like tortellini (a cousin of ravioli), try these easy recipes: Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad, Easy Cheese Tortellini in Broth with Spinach, and Tortellini in Brodo- a Christmas Eve Tradition.

More seafood pasta recipes: Shrimp Scampi Pasta Recipe (with Fettuccine), Spaghetti Frutti di Mare (Seafood Pasta), and Orzo Pasta with Shrimp, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Artichokes.

Serving Suggestions for Lobster Ravioli and Brown Butter Sauce

Here are a few of the best side dishes to serve with this lobster ravioli sauce recipe:

You will definitely want to serve some delicious homemade bread to soak up the sauce! Try one of these: Fast Italian No Knead Ciabatta Bread, No Knead Italian Focaccia Bread, Easy Soft Italian No Knead Bread. If you want to go all out serve these as an appetizer Best Italian Zucchini Fritters (easy recipe)!

Don’t forget a salad to go with your meal: Italian Fennel, Citrus, Pomegranate, and Salad, or Italian Salad Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

I particularly love Roasted Fennel Recipe (Italian Style) as a warm side dish for this meal.

Don’t forget dessert! Frozen Lemon Dessert (Creamy Lemony Treat)

If you make this recipe please write a comment! I want to connect with all of you through your experience with my recipes.

Do you need more ideas? Here are some: What to Serve with Ravioli (50 best side dishes)!

Lobster ravioli in a white bowl with a fork.
Scrumptious bite out of the lobster ravioli.

BEST Lobster Ravioli Sauce with Lemon Brown Butter

Get ready for your new favorite lobster ravioli sauce! The lemon brown butter sauce is easy to make and complements the lobster flavor well!

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Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce on a plate with a side of grilled lemons ready to eat!.

Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

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This indulgent Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce is ready in 15 minutes with only 5 ingredients! Easy for weeknights and special enough for a date night at home.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 (13 oz) package lobster ravioli
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into 1/2 slices
  • Reserved pasta water from cooking
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
  • 1 extra lemon, zest only, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan or other large saucepan on medium high heat. Once the butter is melted add the lemon and cook until brown on both sides (about 2 minutes per side). Remove lemons from pan and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous amount of salt. Cook the ravioli until al dente according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, add the remaining butter. When the butter starts to bubble slightly- add the garlic. Stir the butter until the fat solids start to brown a little- a few of minutes. Make sure not to burn the butter. 
  4. Drain the ravioli, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta water to the pan and let simmer until shiny sauce forms, about 1 minute. 
  5. Add the ravioli to the pan and stir gently to combine. Top with freshly grated parmigiano and lemon zest, if desired. Serve with charred lemon on the side of the plate. Mangia! (eat)
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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  1. I used this today for my ravioli and it was so good! I kept looking at sauce recipes and they all had heavy cream, which is too much with lobster ravioli. This was so tasty and easy to make. One thing I changed was instead of zesting the lemon on top, I squeezed some fresh lemon juice into the pan after adding the ravioli and it came out very citrusy and light.






  2. Delish!! I used a stick of butter and 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese and a little moe pasta water. My husband usually hates lemon, but the lemon comes through softly and the sauce helps maintain the lobster flavor. If you close your eyes, you get the taste of a steamed lobster…wonderful recipe.
    Thanks! Marianne Franklin






  3. I want to make this for Christmas Eve dinner. I have 7 people and want to make sure I have enough lobster ravioli. I have 8 pks of 13 oz each (the Costco double pack)
    Not sure how much to make . Would I triple the recipe? Thank you!

    1. Hi! Depends on how much your people eat. Plan on 80-100 gr pasta per person, but if you have sides and dessert maybe less? I hope that helps!