When you splurge on a meal of steamed lobster, the accompaniments should complement the lobster but not compete with it. Melted butter is traditional for dipping, but Chowhound biondanonima loves to use mayonnaise mixed with mustard and tarragon, and FriedClamFanatic recommends mayo spiked with vinegar and garlic.

On the side, hounds like to serve steamed or roasted red potatoes and a simple green salad or steamed green beans. For an extra-special meal, start with a round of oysters. To drink, you can’t go wrong with Champagne, but cold beer also pairs well with lobster, C. Hamster says.

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Photo of CHOW’s Basic Steamed Lobster by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

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