The Lobster Roll 10 Ways
Lobster rolls are a beloved culinary delight and serious topic for seafood lovers everywhere. When done right they make for an unforgettable entree. The definition of the “right” way to make a lobster roll is often up for a bit of debate. There are many takes on this long time classic and we have rounded up the best of them. But, whether you want to make a simple, more traditional lobster roll, or you are interested in putting a unique spin on this delicious sandwich, these recipes cover it all.
10 Easy Ways to Make a Perfect Lobster Roll
First let’s cover the basics before you decide which approach you want to take when making your own lobster rolls at home.
The most important thing to know:regardless of which recipe you choose, you will want fresh high-quality lobsterlump meat. You can either purchase meat that has already been taken from the lobster for you. Maine Lobster Now offers this options by the pound. You can also order live lobstersovernighted from Maine, cook them fresh at home, then take the meat out yourself. Either way, you will end up with a delicious sandwich.
Next, let’s go over what a traditional lobster roll is all about. There are two well known versions of this decadent sandwich. People often argue over which is the best. We are partial to the Maine versian, but we recommend that you try them both and decide for yourself.
1. Maine Lobster Roll
The important things to remember with the Maine lobster roll are that it is served cold with mayo. This recipe from Destination Kennebunkport covers all the bases.
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2. Connecticut Lobster Roll
This roll differs from the Maine lobster roll drastically. The Connecticut lobster roll is served warm with butter instead of mayo. This recipe from Food Network gets it right.
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3. The Classic Combo Lobster Roll
If you just can’t choose between the two, you can always try a little of both. This recipe from The Suburban Soapbox is crazy good, combining both butter and some mayo, along with a few other zesty ingredients.
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The previous recipes are the most well known. From these you can branch out and add all sorts of delicious ingredients. The following recipes will give you some ideas.
4. BLT Lobster Roll
You can’t go wrong with a BLT. This recipe from Rachel Ray is a refreshing twist on this beloved classic. Thick cuts of crispy salt bacon pairs perfectly with the soft, juicy hunks of lobster meat, while the lemon and tomato add the perfect bite of acidity.
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5. Lobster Grilled Cheese
This is a Maine Lobster Now staple. One of our own in-house chefs designed this recipe to add the perfect amount of creaminess and zest to our fresh lobster lump meat. If you’ve never added lobster meat to this comfort food before, you are truly in for a real treat.
6. Blue Cheese Lobster Beignets
This is a drastic twist on the classic, but it is so good. We promise it is worth a try. The blue cheese adds a bite against the sweet lobster meat, while the creamy avocado sauce brings everything together. Just be warned, these beignets are addicting.
(Photo from Half Baked Harvest)
7. Lobster Roll with Uni and Caviar
The chef who created this recipe was most inspired by the focus of the lobster roll being all about fresh, high-quality ingredients. Alongside the lobster, this roll features other gourmet components, including caviar, sea urchin, terragon, and fennel fronds. It’s as fancy as it gets when it comes to a lobster roll.
(Photo from Food Republic)
8. Korean Lobster Roll
If you love anything with a mixture of playful flavors, this lobster roll packs a punch of it. It’s not only a unique twist on a lobster roll, but on a classic Korean banh mi sandwich as well. The flavors compliment one another, while also adding a layer a surprise to each that will keep you craving it again and again.
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9. Sriracha Lobster Roll
You might like just a kick of flavor rather than a full on punch like the Korean lobster roll offers. This is the one to try if that is the case. The Sriracha adds just a little heat to the classic lobster roll, which is contrasted perfectly with the generous amount of mayo, butter, and cooling celery you also get in every bite.
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10. Lobster Roll Salad
If you aren’t eating any bread, or just want to opt for something a bit lighter, this lobster roll salad recipe is the perfect thing. You get all of the same mouthwatering flavors that you crave in a lobster roll, with some additional nutrient dense ingredients, like peas and basil. It even makes for the perfect side dish when enjoying crab or seared scallops.
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You can use any of these recipes as a jumping off point to create your own version of the lobster roll. Or, if you don’t feel like anything needs to be added to it because it’s perfect as is, that’s fine too.
Along with live lobster and fresh lobster lump meat, Maine Lobster Now also offers classic Maine lobster roll kits. Order these if you want to cut down on the cooking time and get straight to enjoying this New England comfort food.