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Lobster Roll with Spicy Mayo

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    When you’re craving for some sweet, succulent lobster meat coated with spicy mayo piled into a buttery toasted bun, here’s the recipe you need to make hassle-free lobster rolls at home.

    Lobster Roll served along with potato chips and lemon.

    I rarely make sandwiches with seafood, but I always have a special spot for lobster roll ever since I had the best one in Boston. There is something magical about the sweet and succulent lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise on a buttery roll. Hmm, just the thought of it is already making my mouth water.

    What is Classic Lobster Roll?

    The lobster roll is a sandwich that originated in New England. It’s made of just a few ingredients: large chunks of lobster, butter, lemon juice, and mayonnaise, stuffed into a grilled hot dog bun. Some versions may contain diced celery or scallion. Potato chips or french fries are the typical sides.

    Lobster Roll served in a white dish along with potato chips and lemon.

    Lobster Roll with Spicy Mayo

    There are variations of this sandwich from different parts of New England. Some may or may not contain diced celery, scallion, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, or lettuce. For this recipe, instead of making them with Japanese mayonnaise like I always use, I went with my Homemade Spicy Mayo!

    A wooden bowl containing spicy mayo.

    Use Lobster Tail for Lobster Rolls

    Although the word “lobster” might discourage you to try this recipe at home, I highly recommend you giving it a try. It is super easy requiring just a few simple ingredients. I suggest getting lobster tails for hassle-free cooking. Lobster tails are easy to work with – simply defrost and boil. You can peel off the meat easily with hands.

    Lobster Roll Buns

    Split-Top Buns for Lobster Rolls

    To make my lobster rolls a bit more authentic, I used split-top New England style lobster roll buns. Luckily, I found out that a local lobster restaurant carries 12 rolls in a bag for sale. They are made by Le Boulanger. You can also check out your local specialty grocery stores. You might be lucky to find a bag of top-split buns like these.

    Hot Dog Buns in packages.

    Now I almost feel like I’m back in Boston! I may not win the best lobster roll competition, yet I’m simply content with my homemade version. I can’t wait to go back to the northeast one day and try all the different versions. If you are a fan of lobster rolls, where did you get the best lobster roll?

    Watch How To Make Lobster Rolls

    Sweet, succulent lobster meat coated with spicy mayo is piled into a buttery toasted bun, simply irresistible!

    Luke’s Lobster Rolls

    During our visit to the Boston area, we tried many New England lobster rolls from various restaurants and our favorite one was Luke’s Lobster.

    exterior of Luke's Lobster

    They have stores all over the US but if you want the convenience of eating their lobster roll at home, you can order them online at Luke’s Lobster.

    lobster roll at Luke's Lobster next to chowder on a red tray
    The lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster

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    Lobster Roll served along with potato chips and lemon.

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    4.72 from 7 votes
    Lobster Roll served in a white dish along with potato chips and lemon.
    Lobster Roll
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
    When you're craving for some sweet, succulent lobster meat coated with spicy mayo piled into a buttery toasted bun, here’s the recipe you need to make hassle-free lobster rolls at home.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: lobster salad, sandwich
    Servings: 2
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 10 oz lobster tails with shell (283 g; When you estimate how much lobster tails to purchase, calculate 5 oz of lobster tail (with shell) per roll)
    • 4 inch celery (10 cm)
    • chives (for garnish)
    • WAFU Spicy Mayonaizu (See Notes for the homemade Spicy Mayo recipe, click here.)
    • kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 New England style split-top hot dog buns (See Notes)
    • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 lemon (optional)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Lobster Roll Ingredients
    Defrost the lobster tails
    1. Place the lobster tails in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours (or place them in a bowl of cold water for a quick defrost).
    Boil the lobster tails
    1. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tsp. of salt for each quart of water. Bring the water to a rolling boil and add the lobster tails into the pot.
      Lobster Roll 1
    2. Boil the tails for about 8 to 12 minutes until the shell is bright red color. Do not cover. Stir the lobsters half way through cooking. Remove the lobster tails from pot when done.
      Lobster Roll 2
    3. Let the lobster rest for 5 minutes or so after cooking to allow the meat to absorb the moisture inside the shell.
      Lobster Roll 3
    Make the lobster salad
    1. Cut celery into thin strips lengthwise and chop into small pieces. Finely cut the chives.
      Lobster Roll 4
    2. Cut the lobster shell in half lengthwise and remove the meat from the lobster tails. Cut the lobster meat into ½ inch pieces.
      Lobster Roll 5
    3. In a large bowl, mix the lobster meat, celery, and chives with spicy mayo and season with salt and pepper. If you have time, place the lobster salad in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes which allows the salad to absorb the flavorings.
      Lobster Roll 6
    Prepare the buns
    1. If your buns are not split yet, make a slit on the top of buns with knife.
      Lobster Roll 7
    2. Heat the griddle or a large skillet and melt the butter over medium-low heat. Place flat sides of buns on melted butter and gently move around to let them absorb the butter.
      Lobster Roll 8
    3. Brush the top side with butter. Toast the buns until golden brown on both sides.
      Lobster Roll 9
    Assemble the lobster rolls
    1. Divide the lobster salad evenly and fill the buns. Drizzle with lemon to enhance the flavor.
      Lobster Roll 10
    Recipe Notes

    * I bought the lobster tails at New England Lobster Market & Eatery.


    * I bought my top-slit buns at Old Port Lobster Shack.


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