The Very BEST Lobster Roll Recipe // Video

Skip the overpriced restaurant version and make your own Lobster Roll recipe at home.  A much more cost-effective way to enjoy this classic New England treat.  Lightly dressed in lemon mayo and melted butter, served on a toasted roll and sprinkled with chives….Lobster Rolls are what summer is all about.

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. |

I LOVE the beach.  I, seriously, think I was born with sand between my toes.  There’s nothing more relaxing to me than a beach vacation…..the food, the sand, the ocean and a good book.  But mostly the food….and the book.  

Oh, the book(s).  I used to read 3, on average, while spending a week at the beach. That was pre-Landon.  Now, I’m lucky if I get to finish chapter 2.  It’s fine though, I enjoy digging a giant hole and looking for shells just as much as a book.  Plus, my last book recommendation wasn’t really beach material.

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. |

A couple of year’s ago, a friend recommended I take “Fifty Shades of Grey”……to the beach.  Yes, she said to read this on the beach.  I had already seen all the hype and didn’t really feel a strong pull to read something racy where everyone could see.  

The only way I could pull this off without feeling like I was leafing through something dirty in public was to cover it with a Harry Potter dust jacket.  It just wasn’t going to happen.  Not there.  No thanks.  Sooooo, I still haven’t read the book.  And I don’t really care.

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. | I’d rather eat beach food. Without a book.  Or a steamy movie.  How about some steamed lobsters?  Or a buttery Lobster Roll recipe made from scratch in just a few minutes?

What is a Lobster Roll?

A Lobster Roll is a sandwich traditionally found in New England made of a simple Lobster salad stuffed into a toasted roll and drizzled with butter.  

Lobster Rolls can be served cold, tossed with mayonnaise, or hot with drawn butter, but the more traditional Lobster roll is served simply with melted butter.

This easy Lobster Roll recipes is quick to prepare and uses common kitchen ingredients….other than the lobster, unless you’re super fancy like that.

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. |

How to Make Lobster Rolls

This Lobster Roll recipe is super simple to make. Chopped lobster meat blended with a lemon-y mayonnaise dressing and served in a lightly toasted roll…it doesn’t get any easier than that.

I didn’t want to overpower the flavorful lobster meat with tons of mayo….but I did drizzle the beauty with some melted butter.  Okay, I drenched the beauty with some melted butter.  It was the right thing to do. Perfect Lobster Rolls.

Here’s how to make a Lobster Roll:

  1. Whisk together the mayonnaise with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss the lobster meat with the dressing and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a skillet and toast the rolls until golden brown.
  4. Fill the rolls with equal amounts of lobster meat and drizzle with melted butter.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve immediately.

How heavenly does that look???

Super easy to make Classic Lobster Rolls are ready in minutes. The BEST way to celebrate summer in style. |

What kind of bread is used for Lobster Rolls?

While the normal hot dog rolls will do in a pinch, I like to search out the traditional top split, white bread hot dog rolls since that’s how New England Lobster Rolls are served. 

Lightly toasted, these Lobster Roll buns are the perfect companion to an authentic Lobster Roll recipe.

What sides to serve with Lobster Rolls?

Because the very best Lobster Rolls are fairly simple, I like to serve equally classic sides with my rolls.

Here are some reader favorites:

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If you love Lobster Rolls as much as I do, then I know you’ll love this crab recipe and this to die for Lobster bisque   OR this easy Lobster Mac and Cheese.….OR you can host a big bash and serve them this amazing salad.  So…tell me…have you read the book?  Will you go see the movie?  In a theater with strangers chewing in your ear? ๐Ÿ™‚

Overhead shot of Lobster Bisque in a white bowl with bread on the side and a lobster claw in the center of the soup.

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Easy Classic Lobster Rolls

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lobster roll
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 483 kcal
Author: Kellie

perfect summertime lobster roll



  • 3 1-1 1/2 pound lobsters steamed and meat removed (about 3 cups lobster meat)
  • 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 New England Style hot dog rolls you can use regular if you can't find New England style
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. Chop the tail into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl with the claw and leg meat. Whisk the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss the dressing with the lobster meat and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add two tablespoons of butter. Toast the outside of the hot dog roll in the skillet until golden brown. Flip and toast the reverse side. Repeat with remaining rolls.
  3. Open each roll and fill with 1/4 of the lobster salad. Drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter over each roll and top with 1 tablespoon chives. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Classic Lobster Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 1091mg47%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 11.1mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


48 comments on “The Very BEST Lobster Roll Recipe // Video”

  1. What a light and delicious dish for summer. Wish I could dig into one right now.

  2. I am seriously so in love with this post. I can’t WAIT to make these!!!

  3. I love these classic lobster rolls, perfect for summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I used to live on the coast of Maine…and boy do I miss these!

  5. I have actually never tried lobster before! But these rolls look delicious! I too love a week at the beach with a good book(s)!

  6. I’ve never had lobster rolls but I would love to try them

  7. These look perfect! I had one recently from a “famous” Lobster Roll truck (in another state) and not so good! Yours look better by a mile!

  8. Shades of the Northeast. Love it!

  9. No skimping on filling here! These look delicious!

  10. My favorite summer beach treat!! I remember the delicious ones we had when my husband was stationed in Maine with the Navy years ago. Yum.

  11. “Good quality mayo” – haha! I just had to chuckle a little. I love that you included that in the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ The lobster rolls look GREAT!! I don’t think I ever had lobster rolls so I will have to try your recipe!!

    I watched the 50 shades trailer last night… not too impressed. I read the first 50 pages of the first book and was just bored lol! The style of writing… not my cup of tea. Funny story – my husbands aunt gave me her copy. Aaaawkard ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. It looks absolutely delicious and your cole slaw looks fabulous too! I love living in RI and enjoy “lobsta” rolls without the bun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I have always wanted to try lobster rolls but have yet to. Yours look delicious, I think I just might have to try them soon now. I also have never read Fifty Shades, despite many of my friends telling me to, it’s just not my thing. I probably won’t see the movie either but I don’t see many movies now a days with a 2 1/2 year old and a 2 month old at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I haven’t read the book…but know it’s very popular! LOVE these rolls…they scream of summer!!

  15. I have read it. It was terrible, but it still hooked me in. And yes, I’ll see the movie. The husband made me go see Die Hard on Valentine’s Day two years ago. It’s payback time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This lobster roll looks great. I was just thinking the other day how it’s a shame I haven’t had one yet this summer.

  16. I have never had a lobster roll, but I’ve always wanted too. Looks like I don’t have an excuse anymore. ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. This is a great looking lobster roll, yowsa!

  18. My dad was from the east coast and loved lobster. He would have gone crazy for these. So gorgeous.

  19. Recipie looks great and the story is fantastic. I can top a previous comment. My soon to be mother in law had me read the books when we visited one time. As a picky New Englander, technically these are classic lobster salad rolls. Classic lobster rolls are just lobster and butter on a hot dog roll. Sorry you never grow out of the CT/ME lobster roll rivalry even when you move out to the midwest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. The lobster rolls look fantastic with the chive sprinkled on top! If you’re ever in a pinch for lobster meat, you can always go with frozen Claw and Knuckle meat. We think knuckle meat is the sweetest part of the lobster

  21. Thank you!

  22. Have you read 50 shades of chicken? Great cookbook by FL Fowler. You read the recipes in the privacy of your kitchen. Reads like fifty shades of grey with its touchy feely seductive prose.
    The recipes are incredible. Tasty and succulent

  23. I would love to try your recipe! We live in New England and there’s lobster everywhere and whenever we have lobster roll, I want some more! Now I can make as much as I want at home!

  24. I’m basically obsessed with these.

  25. This looks fantastic! Beautiful photography, as well!

  26. These are seriously so good – and so easy! Cant wait to make again!

  27. This turned out fabulous. We gobbled them up so fast!!

  28. I’ve always wanted to make lobster rolls at home but have always been too intimated to try. Such a great recipe!.

  29. These are one of my favorite things to eat in the summer! I love how packed they are too!

  30. We love lobster rolls! These are fantastic!

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