Lobster Ravioli Sauce

For the best sauce to serve with lobster ravioli, try this easy recipe. This garlic cream sauce with browned butter is so rich, fancy, & decadent.  This homemade sauce cooks up quickly and as the shallots and garlic infuse flavor into the browned butter, the kitchen smells amazing.  The nutty brown butter then gets some heavy cream and a touch of magic, brandy.  Once it comes together it turns into a beautiful light pink creamy sauce perfect for lobster ravioli.  

Wondering why this is the perfect sauce to serve with lobster ravioli? Well, it is simple and it complements the rich flavor of the delicate shellfish filling.  I wanted something creamy to serve with lobster ravioli. I didn’t want pesto or a tomato sauce.   I tried browned butter sauces, lemon sauces, and cream sauces. I liked them all but wanted more. So to make the best easy sauce to toss with lobster ravioli, the perfect combination of browned butter, cream, and garlic is my all-time favorite.  I think my family agrees.  Both my husband and Enzo fell in love with this sauce so much that Enzo literally scraped the plate clean to get every drop of sauce. 

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Lobster Ravioli Sauce PN1 plated with red napkin and fork



Ingredients for Lobster Ravioli Sauce 

This browned butter and creamy lobster ravioli sauce recipe call for only a few ingredients.  To make the best sauce use good quality ingredients that are full-fat, do not use low-fat dairy when making this pasta sauce.  Salted butter, heavy whipping cream, and freshly shaved parmesan create the creaminess that makes this lobster ravioli sauce so comforting.  A few spices and aromatics like shallots and garlic bring in a sharp bite to cut the richness of the cream sauce.  For a decadent touch, the brandy is the final touch that sets this sauce over the top.

This sauce recipe goes well with any brand of store-bought lobster ravioli.  So whatever your favorite is, this recipe for a cream sauce pairs perfectly.  It is a good sauce for all the common brands of lobster ravioli like  Costco, Trader Joe’s, Rana, and more. If you love seafood ravioli from restaurants like Carrabba’s, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster,  this sauce recipe is so much better.  This creamy garlic sauce is good with shrimp, crab, and butternut squash ravioli. 


Lobster Ravioli Sauce ingredients



How to Make the Best Sauce for Lobster Ravioli

This recipe only takes a few minutes to make.  By the time the fresh pasta is done cooking, the sauce has come together.  This is a quick and easy meal that is great for a weeknight. However, lobster ravioli with this gourmet recipe is fancy enough to enjoy for a special meal, with guests, or for a date night at home. 


Boil the Store-Bought Lobster Ravioli

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add a large pinch of salt. Cook the ravioli to al dente according to the directions on the package.  Make sure not to overcook the ravioli so it doesn’t fall apart and the filling starts to come out. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking water.



Lobster Ravioli Sauce cook pasta in boiling water


One-Pan Lobster Ravioli Sauce

Grab a skillet that will be large enough to make the sauce and hold all the cooked ravioli, start warming it up on medium heat.   Add the butter and stir to melt.  Be sure to not leave it unattended so that it doesn’t burn.  Once it is melted, lower the temperature to medium-low.  You will want to brown the butter but not too dark. 

Once the butter is foaming and golden brown in color, turn the heat down to low.  You do not want it a dark brown color as it will continue to cook when adding the other ingredients.  Next, add the garlic and shallots to the butter sauce.  Cook for 1-minute stirring.  You want them to soften and infuse flavor into the butter.  


Lobster Ravioli Sauce stir in shallots and garlic

Add Brandy or Lemon Juice to the White Sauce

Depending on if you want to use brandy or lemon juice,  it will be a different timing of when you add it to the cream sauce.  When using brandy, add it before the cream.  However, when using lemon juice, add it after the cream.  The lemon juice should be the last ingredient for the sauce just before you add the lobster ravioli.  This is so the cream and lemon juice do not curdle which can happen sometimes.  

For Brandy Cream Sauce

Once the garlic and shallots have just started to brown, it is time to add the brandy.  Add it to the pan.  Cook for 1 minute to allow the alcohol to cook a bit off.  The last step will be to add the cream and season with salt & pepper to taste.   The beautiful pink color of this sauce will come together. 

For Lemon Butter Sauce 

If you want a lemon cream sauce for lobster ravioli, simply omit the brandy and replace it with fresh lemon juice.   When using lemon juice, you will want to add the heavy cream to the sauce right after the garlic and shallots are ready.   Next, stir in the heavy cream and combine.  The last step will be to turn the heat of the pan off and add the lemon juice and stir.  

Lobster Ravioli Sauce browned butter with shallots and garlic in the pan while adding the brandy



Best Way to Sauce Ravioli

Once the lobster ravioli is done, the best way to sauce it is to add it to the sauce that is now ready in the skillet.  So that the ravioli does not fall apart or break open, I like to add 1-2 ravioli at a time either with my hand or gently with tongs.  To begin, add the cooked lobster ravioli in a single layer over the browned butter cream sauce.  Spoon in the reserved pasta water. This will help thicken the sauce and make it a bit sticky to adhere to the portions of ravioli.  Finally, gently stir the sauce over the pasta to coat.   Plate in a pasta bowl and top with shaved parmesan and fresh parsley.  

How to Store and Reheat Lobster Ravioli

It is best to eat this lobster ravioli and cream sauce immediately.  However, if you do make a large batch and have leftovers, you can store them for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Place the leftover lobster ravioli that has been sauced in an air-tight container. If you have not combined it all, you can store each separately in air-tight containers.   To reheat, microwave on low and add a touch more cream to bring the sauce back to a creamy texture; otherwise the cream does separate and it is more of a butter sauce.  

Lobster Ravioli Sauce add pasta to the sauce in the pan with shaved parmesan in a bowl to the side




What to Serve with Lobster Ravioli

For the best side dishes to make and serve with this lobster ravioli recipe, try some of these ideas.  These go well with the rich seafood ravioli and the cream sauce to make a complete meal at home.

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Lobster Ravioli Sauce plated and topped with shaved parmesan parsley flakes with wine bottle and fork in the background





Lobster Ravioli Sauce PIN plated with parsley and shaved parmesan




Lobster Ravioli Sauce PINREDO overhead close up of plate ready to eat with parsley on the side and sprinkled on top


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Lobster Ravioli Sauce overhead plated topped with shaved parmesan and parsley garnish fork red napkin

Lobster Ravioli Sauce

For the best sauce to serve with lobster ravioli, try this easy recipe. This garlic cream sauce with browned butter and brandy is rich, comforting, and gourmet.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 1 package lobster ravioli 8-10 oz package
  • 3 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small shallot minced (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon brandy
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons reserved pasta water
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan
  • fresh parsley optional topping
  • lemon juice optional to replace brandy if you do not use alcohol


  • Prepare garlic and shallot by mincing, set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add a large pinch of salt. Cook the ravioli to al dente according to the directions on the package.  Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
    You can start making the sauce at this time since it only takes about 10 minutes to make it.
  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring. Once it is melted, lower the temperature to medium-low. Continue to stir and cook for 1 minute.
    Once the butter is foaming and golden brown in color, turn the heat down to low.  You do not want it a dark brown color as it will continue to cook along with the other ingredients.  
  • Next, add the garlic and shallots.  Cook for 1-minute stirring.  You want them to soften and infuse flavor into the butter, not turn brown.
  • If using brandy, add it now.  Cook for 1 minute to allow the alcohol to cook a bit off. (DO NOT add lemon juice at this point if you are using that instead of brandy)
  • Add the cream and season with salt & pepper to taste.  
  • OPTIONAL - If using lemon juice instead of brandy, turn the heat of the pan off and add that now. Stir to combine. 
  • Add the pasta water 1 TB at a time, stirring consistently. Cook until the sauce is creamy & evenly combined. Add the ravioli and gently toss to coat.  I like to use tongs at this point. 
  • Serve with plenty of freshly shaved parmesan & parsley. Enjoy!


THIS NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS FOR THE SAUCE ONLY  (since the lobster ravioli will depend on which kind you use)
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 399
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 23.3g 117%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 3.5g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0.1g  
Protein 5.5g  
Vitamin D 35mcg 177%
Calcium 161mg 12%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 78mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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3 thoughts on “Lobster Ravioli Sauce”

  • 5 stars
    Wow. You are right this sauce is worth scraping ever last bit off your plate. I followed the exact recipe with brandy and it was probably the best pasta dish I have ever made at home. Crazy good.

  • OMG that sauce looks amazing. While I am not a ravioli fan, I’m intrigued enough to make the sauce and drink it. . . just kidding, but maybe make it and add shrimp or scallops for a quick cook? What do you think of that?

    • Yes, you can do that. I was just daydreaming today about making this with some steak tips, sauteed onions, and mushrooms. You can try it on other pasta or low-carb/gluten-free variations like spaghetti squash or Palmini (which I personally love). Please let me know how it goes and what you think of the sauce.

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