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Cream Cheese Lobster Appetizer

This phyllo cream cheese lobster appetizer recipe is mouth-wateringly delicious! Seriously, it’s little bites of scrumptious, creamy lobster goodness in a flaky cup!

Close up of the green plate of lobster filled phyllo cups with extra cream cheese lobster in the background

Are you an appetizer type of person? What I mean by that is, could you make a meal out of eating only appetizers? Or are you a person who could be satisfied with eating a few bites of appetizer but who would never make a meal of them?

I’m an appetizer type of gal. But I prefer an assortment to nosh from.

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Here are some of the appetizers I could eat as my meal:

What is your favorite appetizer to eat? Leave me a comment as I’d love to know!

Usually I blog recipes that I’ve made 3 zillion times or I blog about a recipe that I test a few times before I deem it good enough to publish for my readers!

Well, this is the first time I’ve made this one. The reason I didn’t test it before posting it is because it’s based on another of my recipes that’s tried and true. I modified my warm crab dip recipe for this phyllo cream cheese lobster appetizer so that it’s different and still delicious!!

Aren’t I clever?!

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If you can’t get fresh or frozen lobster, consider ordering some from the company Lobster Anywhere! Delicious seafood that gets delivered right to your door. How fun is that?

a green plate with phyllo cups filled with a lobster dip
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How to make the lobster appetizer


Get a medium saucepan and jelly roll pan.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – lobster, freshly cooked bacon, cream cheese, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, horseradish, mayo and Worcestershire sauce.

Lobster, cooked bacon, cream cheese and condiments like garlic powder, horseradish and mayo on a grey table

Step two

Place cream cheese and mayo in the saucepan and set the heat on medium/low. With a butter knife, cut the cream cheese in chunks and stir as the mixture melts.

Step three

Add mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish and stir every few minutes to help it melt.

Step four

Cut up the lobster and shred some sharp cheddar and Colby cheese.  Take out the sherry.

Lobster meat cut up, shredded cheese, sherry and wine in the background

Step five

Once the cream cheese mixture has melted and combined, add the lobster, bacon and cheese and stand there, stirring the mixture together until it’s melted and combined.

Step six

Place phyllo cups on the jelly roll pan.

These phyllo cups are so awesome. I love to use them. They are fairly inexpensive and come in little boxes with 15 cups.  If I were having a party, I’d double this batch and buy 30 cups, but since it was just Christopher and I, one box was enough.

Here is the lobster cream cheese mixture still in the pan and the phyllo cups behind!

Cooked and melted cream cheese with all the condiments and lobster in a pan with the phyllo tarts in the background

Step six

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fill the phyllo cups with the lobster cream cheese mixture.

You can overfill them without worrying that the mixture will bubble off onto the jelly roll pan.

Filled phyllo tart shells with the cream cheese lobster mix on a jelly roll pan

Step seven

Bake for 10 minutes.

One thing I love about phyllo cups is that they always stay crispy.  They are precooked so you can eat them straight out of the freezer if you’re filling them with something you don’t have to bake and as expected, they’re crispy.  But even after filling them with the wet lobster cream cheese mixture and baking them, which I thought might make them soften, but they stayed crispy.

I plate the lobster appetizer and gather some other easy appetizers like chips and salsa and the lobster cream cheese mixture I couldn’t fit in the phyllo cups.  You will notice it in the little glass bowl.

That’s the beauty of this recipe: it yields extra lobster mixture that you can eat by the spoonful, dip your chips into or slather over a bagel, bread or crackers.


Cooked lobster filled phyllo cups on a few plates with more appetizers in the back

I took this next angle because I wanted you to see my spread!!  Notice the wine?


A green plate with phyllo cups filled with the lobster and cream cheese with more dip in the back and a glass of wine

I hope you enjoyed this lobster appetizer recipe!  It’s so delicious and perfect as a quick appetizer for your next dinner party!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Phyllo Cream Cheese Lobster Appetizer

This appetizer is not only tasty but quick to make!!
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: lobster appetizer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 pieces
Calories: 131kcal


The goodies!

  • 8 ounces cream cheese 1 block
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard I use Guldens
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 5 ounces or more of lobster meat fresh or frozen, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1/4 cup Colby cheese shredded
  • 2 slices pre-cooked bacon cut into small pieces
  • 15 phyllo cups (15 count)


Make It!

  • Place cream cheese and mayo in medium saucepan and turn heat under it to medium/low.
  • Let mixture melt a little before adding mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish
  • Stir until melted and combined
  • Add lobster, bacon, sherry and cheese and stir until combined
  • Preheat oven 350
  • Take phyllo cups out of freezer and fill each cup with lobster mixture (you will have extra)
  • Place filled phyllo cups on medium jelly roll pan and bake for 10 minutes
  • Plate phyllo lobster appetizers
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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  • I used 5 ounces of lobster meat because that is what was in the container I bought
  • Double it if you are having a dinner party or triple it if it is a big dinner or cocktail party
  • The calories listed below are for ALL of the lobster cream cheese mixture; not just the lobster filled phyllo cups


Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 63mg | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. Woah! I’ve never seen pre-shelled lobster! That’s so cool- I’m going to have to look for it. What a great idea for when you don’t want to deal with the shells!!!

    1. Thanks Sarah! They are so easy to use. You can find them in the frozen section next to where you would get pastry sheets!

  2. I love the look of this!!! A great way of using lobster in an appetizer. Absolutely perfect for new years eve!

  3. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the first photo ~ all I can say is wow. I think I just met my new favorite food!

  4. Oh lord! When Eric sees this he is going to run out and buy lobster! Thanks, Elaine! Lobster IS NOT in the budget this week! πŸ™‚ Yum! These look delish!!

  5. I absolutely could eat appetizers for my meal. Finger foods are great, so easy to have a variety. I’d love to have a plate full of these lobster appetizers.

  6. That is indeed clever Elaine! Phyllo lobster and cream cheese, who can say no to this. In fact it’s the most perfect appetizer for a difficult crowd and for when you are in hurry. I wish I had had the idea earlier! Thanks for sharing =)

  7. My mother has made these with smoked salmon as long as I can remember – I bet they are just as delicious with lobster. Such a great party appetizer!

  8. I could ABSOLUTELY make a meal out of appetizers, especially appetizers like this one – that shell, and the lobster, especially with the convenience of having it pre-shelled! I would love to make this for a party, but then again, I’d have to share … maybe better just to test it out for dinner one night with a glass of chilled Chenin Blanc. πŸ˜‰

  9. You had me at lobster <3 I'm always so focused on ripping lobster apart as quickly as I can, I never do anything to it other than dip it in butter. I HAVE to try this!

    1. Leslie, that’s how I feel too when I eat fresh lobster, though I do save a little for a nice sandwich!! Thank you for the comment!

  10. I have finally got my husband to like lobster. Not sure it that is good or bad, since now I have to share LOL! These little gems sound so good. I would make a meal on these alone. These are party perfect, but do I really want to share??? Hmmm….once I make them….I guess that will tell the story.

    1. Lol Gloria! I’m thankful my hubby still doesn’t like lobster. More for me. But, I just thought of something, he actually ate a bunch of these and I never thought anything of it. Next time I will remind him that he doesn’t like them πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment!

  11. Just your photos alone have me wanting to try these appetizers tonight! The lobster and cream cheese just make these sounds like everything I love in an appetizer.

  12. Although I’m not really a lobster fan, I LOVE these phyllo cups! Really tasty and so easy to eat.

    1. I use cooked lobster Lynn. I’ve never tried it with raw. I say, cook the lobster before hand. The amount of time you cook it all won’t make the lobster tough.

    1. Kelly, I’ve done that a few times. Once it separated a tad but a good stir helped incorporate it again and the other time it was fine. I hope you enjoy them.

  13. I made these for Mother’s Day and they were a big hit. I’ll need to double the recipe when making them in the future.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s a appetizer that everyone keeps asking me to make! Thanks for commenting, Denie and letting me know.

  14. Could I make this the night before? Then just before heating stir in the bacon and lobster. I have to make apps for a guy’s golf weekend. I was thinking about nixing the phyllo cup and just heating up the dip and serve on crostini.

    1. You can definitely make the night before, Gordie. And it’s perfect on crostini or even with chips like the Ritz brand. Have a great golf weekend! πŸ™‚

  15. Can I use frozen pastry cups instead of phyllo ones? I found phyllo sheets but no cups anywhere here. πŸ™

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