All-Butter Lobster Roll

All-Butter Lobster Rolls

Lobster rolls have become a thing – epitomizing summer, but eaten all year around.  Served at road side stands by the beach and from food trucks dotted across all of New York’s boroughs.  There’s now even an annual Lobster Roll Festival, where for a couple of hundred bucks (yea, that’s right – lobster is expensive!) you can try as many different lobster rolls as you want. And I can see why you would because everyone seems to have their opinion of what kind of lobster roll is best. So might as well try them all!  What kind is your favorite? 

Lobster Rolls

If you’re in Maine, I’d be willing to guess you prefer a little bit of mayo. If you’re in Connecticut, it’s all-butter baby, what is this mayo business? Anywhere else? Well it’s pretty much chef’s pick.  Whatever your opinion of what constitutes the best lobster roll around, I think most of us agree that lobster rolls, no matter how they are prepared, are always best eaten at the beach, overlooking a blue ocean on a perfect summer day. Or are they best sitting on a picnic bench in a city park? Alright maybe we can just agree that lobster rolls are the best.  Period, hands down.

Lobster Rolls

I personally like them prepared every way, but my favorite is drenched drizzled in butter (like, a lot of butter), served with some crisp romaine lettuce, fresh local tomatoes, and of course, Cape Cod potato chips.  Make sure to serve some mayonnaise on the side to make those Maine lovers happy. Gorgeous ocean view is optional but highly recommended.

All-Butter Lobster Rolls

All-Butter Lobster Roll

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note: I absolutely HATE – can not stress hate enough – cooking lobster.  Putting those cute little sea creatures in a pot of boiling water is something I just can’t bring myself to do.  But I absolutely love eating lobster, so I was very happy and relieved to find out that most grocery stores and fish markets will actually cook the lobsters for you, for little to no extra money!  Just ask your fishmonger to drop those guys in the pot when you order them, and a couple minutes later you’ll get perfectly cooked, beautifully red lobsters handed to you.  No mess, no tears.  


For the lobster roll:

  • 4 large lobsters, about 1 1/2 pounds each, cooked and de-shelled.  Claw and tail meat roughly chopped
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hot dog buns, lightly toasted

To serve on the side:

  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 leaves of crisp romaine lettuce
  • Mayonnaise (for the Maine lovers)
  • Pickles
  • Cape Cod p
  • otato chips (Note – this is not a sponsored post for Cape Cod potato chips, I just think they are the best and only potato chip worth eating.)


In a large bowl, mix the chopped lobster meat, 6 tablespoons of the melted butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper until butter evenly coats the meat. Brush the toasted buns with the remaining melted butter and spoon the lobster onto the toasted bun until they’re overflowing with meat.

Serve at room temperature alongside chopped celery, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo (if you’re into that kind of thing), kosher pickles and Cape Cod potato chips.

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