Lobster Roll

August 13, 2014

A lobster roll is simple to make. There are a couple of things that make a perfect roll: minimal mayonnaise and generously buttered and toasted rolls. The hardest part is just preparing the lobsters and extracting all that good meat out of every nook and cranny. It gets a bit messy but I personally find it fun picking through the shells. Just try not to eat all the meat before it makes it into the sandwich!

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Start by cooking your lobsters. Allow them to cool before extracting the meat.


To remove the tail meat, start by detaching the tail by twisting the head and tail in opposite directions. Place the tail on its side and using the palm of your hand push down to crack the shell in half.

Removing lobster tail

Pry open the shell and remove the tail.

Removing lobster tail

Using the back of the knife and crack the claw shell open. Remove the meat. Also, don’t forget about the meat in those little legs! Use a rolling pin and roll from the tip of the leg up, squeezing the meat out. Like a straw o’ lobster meat!

Claw meat

Chop the lobster meat in large chunks. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, and a small pinch of salt. Toss to mix. Aggressively butter your bread and toast on a pan.

Lobster roll bread

Pile the lobster meat into the buns.

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Serve with a side of chips and enjoy!

Lobster rolls



  • 2 live lobsters (cooking instructions here), or about 2 1/2 cups of lobster meat
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • juice of one small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of chives, chopped
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 lobster roll buns


  • Cook lobsters.
  • Once cooled, remove the tail by twisting the head and tail in opposite directions
  • Lay the tail on its side and using the palm of your hand press the shell until it cracks. Pry open the tail and remove the tail meat.
  • Using the back of a knife, smash the claw until it cracks in several places and remove the meat.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the meat out of the legs from the ends of the legs to the opening.
  • Chop the lobster meat into large chunks.
  • In a medium bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives and salt and mix.
  • Butter the sides of the buns and toast in a pan on medium high heat until golden brown.
  • Pile lobster meat onto buns.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


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can you please tell me where you found these mini lobster rolls?

Hi – So pretty! Were did you find the rolls. They look smaller than normal and just what I’m looking for for a a party of 200,

Split Top rolls are made by Pepperidge Farm, they are the size of a hotdog bun. Hope this helps you.

The best food and drink blog I have found in a while! I’m bookmarking you right away and getting busy in the kitchen cracking open some lobsters.
Love how your recipes look so tempting and not at all intimidating! 😀

Than you so much for the kind words and hope you have fun w those lobsters!

These look so delicious! Can’t wait to give these a go. And great tutorial on how to extract the meat.

Ahhhh….my beloved lobster roll. Currently I am living in lobster roll Hell…also known as Connecticut. Here they put hot lobster meat, drowned in butter on a hot dog bun and will fight you to the death calling it a Lobster Roll. Hethens….I just about fell out of my chair the first time someone brought me one of those nasty things and having the nerve to tell me it was the correct way to make one. I still have nightmares.

Your “proper” lobster rolls bring a tear to my eye they are so beautiful. I think I will have to give these a go.

Thank you.

stunning photos!! I love the photo tutorial on how to open the lobster and that rolling pin on the legs is a GREAT tip!! Definitely have to make these before the summer comes to an end!

I’m drooling as I’m reading this. And thanks for providing such a great tutorial for shelling a lobster. : )

Great tutorial. I’m originally from New England and we are crazy for lobsta rolls there! And I agree – minimal mayo is key!

There is nothing like a good lobster roll, nothing. Those rolls are almost as good looking as the lobster itself.

These are the best looking lobster rolls I’ve ever seen, must be those gloriously golden buns!

WOW! This looks so delicious! Love the simplicity of the lobster roll you have created (you actually made getting the lobster meet out of the lobsters seem do-able!)

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