How To Make A Lobster Roll
Illustration - Lobster Roll If you’ve ever been to the New England coast, you’ve likely at some point sampled one of the region’s most renowned dishes: the lobster roll, which can also be described as heaven on a plate....
If you’ve ever been to the New England coast, you’ve likely at some point sampled one of the region’s most renowned dishes: the lobster roll, which can also be described as heaven on a plate. While the lobster roll is often associated with the rocky coasts of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, there’s no reason you can’t make your own.
Here are some tips for preparing a lobster roll.
Preparing The Lobster
There are two ways to prepare the lobster when making a lobster roll. You can do it the hard way, which involves taking apart the lobster and extracting the meat from the shell. This can be a bit sloppy, but nothing good comes easy! You can also buy prepared lobster meat. In New England, this is known as the Lazy Man's Option. Look in your grocer’s frozen section for canned, frozen meat, or ask at the fish counter if they can prepare the meat for you.
Mixing The Lobster
This is where many attempts at making lobster rolls go wrong. While there are many variations, you may find that many of New England’s most renowned lobster roll spots, such as Red's in Wiscasset, Maine, tend to keep it simple. Adding too many seasonings and spices can drown out the delicious taste of lobster meat. Want to play it safe? Use a bit of mayonnaise or drawn butter and some salt and pepper, and you can’t go wrong.
Spice It Up
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add tarragon, celery, lemon juice, fine-chopped lettuce, or even Cayenne pepper. As long as you don't overdo it, nothing is off-limits. Do you love blackened seasoning on fish? Try a little. Just don’t be surprised if you find you prefer the simpler version!
You might think that a fancy lobster roll calls for artisan bread, but a simple, split top hot dog bun is the standard. That said, you do have a bit of prep work to do. To prepare the bun for a classic lobster roll, brush it with butter, and then toast it slightly, just enough so that it turns golden brown.
While lobster may be considered a high-end food, along the New England coast it’s also a familiar part of local cuisine, and is by no means restricted to fancy restaurants. You might even find lobster rolls in many New England gas stations! Many renowned lobster shacks serve these delicious sandwiches with French Fries and onion rings, and perhaps a bit of cole slaw. You can also serve corn on the cob, potatoes, pasta salad, or your choice of veggies as sides.
Easy Seasoned Lobster Roll Recipe
With a little time and effort, you can make this tasty lobster roll that is sure to satisfy family and friends. The recipe below makes 4 lobster rolls.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
- 4 Hot dog rolls
- 1/4 c. of unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 c. mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. of white truffle oil (Substitute with butter)
- 2 tsp. of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1/4 c. of celery, chopped finely
- 2 tbsp. of shallots, minced
- 2 tbsp. of chervil, minced
- 1 tbsp. of parsley, minced
- 1 tsp. of chives, chopped finely
- 1 lb. of lobster tail/claw meat, cubed
- Potato chips
- Make sure to allot around 20 minutes worth of time for prep work. While you are doing the prep work of cutting the ingredients, preheat your grill. Once the grill has become hot enough, you can begin the process of toasting the rolls.
- Use a pastry brush to lightly cook the rolls with butter. If you do not have a pastry brush, a basting brush will suffice. Grill the rolls for a couple of minutes to allow the butter to melt and crisp the rolls. Remember to flip the rolls and cook both sides.
- Next take a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise, truffle oil, lemon juice, and salt. Mix the ingredients until it has an even consistency.
- For the next ingredients you will want to make sure to use a spatula to avoid mashing the ingredients. Add the celery, shallots, chervil, parsley, and chives and stir lightly with the spatula, making sure to not apply too much pressure.
- Lastly, add the lobster meat and stir lightly. Stir until the ingredients are mixed to your liking.