Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles Recipe (Copycat)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a plate of hot, creamy noodles topped with decadent seafood.

That’s why Yard House’s Lobster Garlic Noodles have become so popular among fans of the restaurant. But what if you don’t live by a Yard House and you still want to enjoy this rich pasta dish?

This copycat recipe offers easy-to-follow instructions and only requires a few common ingredients to recreate.

And thanks to its versatility, you can easily add or subtract as many different varieties of seafood as you’d like.

Whether you’ve had the Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles or you’re simply a fan of seafood pasta, this recipe is undeniably tasty and ready in under an hour from start to finish!

All you need to create this dish are the ingredients below, a dutch oven, skillet, and saucepan. 

Here’s What You’ll Need  

  • 1 lb. uncooked fettuccine (or a pasta of your choosing)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (approximately 4 lobsters) or 1 package of imitation crab meat
  • 1 lb. shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • ½ C flour
  • ½ Tsp ground black pepper

Optional:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spring onions, chopped for serving
  • ½ Tbsp parsley
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

Here’s How To Make Copycat Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles

Step 1: Cook Your Lobster

Place your lobsters (approximately 4) in a pot of hot, salty water and boil for 12-18 minutes of medium heat. Once it’s done, drain the water and set it aside to cool.

Step 2: Prep Sauce Ingredients

Peel your garlic and separate out three cloves. Chop the cloves until finely minced. If using freshly squeezed lemon juice, cut 2-3 wedges from a fresh lemon to obtain 2 tbsp of lemon juice.

Step 3: Begin The Sauce

Take three tbsp of butter and place it in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add in half of your minced garlic and stir. Cook garlic on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.

Add ½ C of flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. Turn your heat to medium-low and allow it to cook for 5 minutes when the sauce has thickened.

Step 4: Prep The Lobster Meat

Either cut the lobster shells up the middle or twist the bodies to expose the meat. Pull all of the meat from the body and claws. Next, chop all of the meat into 1-inch pieces.

Step 5: Cook Your Pasta

In a large dutch oven, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt then place 1 pound of fettuccine noodles into the water. Cook for 9 minutes or until al dente.

Once your pasta is cooked al dente, strain and set it aside.

Step 6: Cook Shrimp 

Add ½ C of vegetable oil to a skillet and add in the remaining half of your minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, approximately 30 seconds. Add in the shrimp and saute until cooked, 4-6 minutes.

Add in the chopped lobster and cook until brown around the edges. Pour lemon juice atop your seafood mixture.

Step 7: Bring Your Ingredients Together

Add your fettuccine noodles to the lobster mixture. Then pour your butter sauce over the hot noodles, lobster, and shrimp. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Serve with a pinch of parsley or a few sprigs of spring onion.

Optional:

Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top of the pasta once plated.

Optional Modifications and Substitutions

While you aren’t going to want to alter this recipe too much due to its likeness to Yard House’s Lobster Garlic Noodles–there are more than a few ways to make it your own without taking away from its original flavors.

If you’d like to add your own little twist to this fan-favorite dish, check out the following herbs, spices, and protein substitutions for some ideas.

Herbs and Spices

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Onion powder
  • Sage

Protein Ideas

  • Scallops
  • Crawfish
  • Crab
  • Imitation crab

Alternative Recipe Ideas

Whether you’re on a keto diet or you prefer not to eat meat or seafood, there are several ways to adapt this recipe to fit your diet.

Below are a few suggestions for alternative versions of Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles.

Yard House Tofu Garlic Noodles

If you’d rather leave the seafood out of it, a block of firm tofu can do quite nicely. When chopped into bite-sized chunks and cooked with the spices and sauce in this recipe, the tofu takes on the flavors of the recipe for a tasty, meaty dish everyone will love.

One of the best parts of substituting tofu for the seafood in this recipe is that it will save you a whole lot of time.

Keto Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles

For those on the keto diet, lobster and shrimp happen to be very keto-friendly! However, as you are likely aware, noodles are persona non grata.

In order to adapt this recipe to meet your dietary needs, you’ll need keto-friendly noodles.

In order to make keto-friendly noodles, you will need full-fat shredded mozzarella cheese, xantham gum, and large egg yolk.  

Vegan Yard House Garlic Noodles

To make this recipe vegan, you’re going to need tofu as mentioned above. Alternatively, you can make just the noodles. Either way, simply substitute the butter for vegan butter and you’re good to go!

Can You Prepare This Recipe Ahead of Time?

Unfortunately, this is not the best recipe to prepare in advance. Both lobster and shrimp are known to not reheat very well. In fact, they can often give off a rubbery texture that is quite unpleasant.

Can It Be Frozen and Stored for Future Use?

If you’d like to freeze this dish for future use, lobster and shrimp dishes can be frozen for up to 3 months without losing flavor.

Once you’re ready to use it, it is recommended that you reheat it in a skillet rather than the microwave.

You might want to check out our Longhorn Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe.

Other Tips and Tricks

We can’t all afford to throw down on a bunch of lobsters. If that’s the case in your situation, imitation crabmeat works just fine!

Not only is it made of real fish, but it also adds a great boost of protein and is easy to prepare.

Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles Recipe

Yard House Lobster Garlic Noodles Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Yard House is known nationally for its array of great American dishes ranging from pasta and steak to stir fry and everything in-between. Their Lobster Garlic Noodles is one of their more popular dishes featuring shrimp and lobster in a creamy garlic butter sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb uncooked fettuccine noodles
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces or imitation crab
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp salt
  •  ¼ C flour
  • ½ Tsp ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spring onions, chopped for serving
  • ½ Tbsp parsley
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Place lobsters in a pot of hot, salty water and boil for 12-18 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  2. Peel garlic and mince three cloves. Squeeze lemon wedges to obtain 2 Tbsp lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Add butter to the pan and cook until melted. Next, add half your garlic and cook it for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add salt, pepper, and flour, and cook for 5 minutes or until your sauce has thickened.
  4. Remove lobster meat from the shells and chop it into 1-inch pieces.
  5. Bring 8 cups of salted water to a boil and add in your fettuccine. Cook for 9 minutes or until al dente. Strain and set aside.
  6. Add ½ C vegetable oil to a skillet and add in the remaining half of your garlic. Cook for 30 seconds before adding in the shrimp. Cook for 4-6 minutes then add in your lobster and cook until brown around the edges. Add the lemon juice.
  7. Toss your noodles into the seafood mixture and pour the butter sauce over top. Mix until well combined. 

Notes

While you might think imitation crab is a no-go, it actually provides a similar flavor to lobster meat–plus it saves a whole lot of money.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 855Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 370mgSodium: 2126mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 74g
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