Build the Classic Maine Lobster Rolls

Get Coastal Vibes with these Classic Maine Lobster Rolls

The summers on the east coast are gorgeous! Perfect weather, the water is pristine and the people know exactly what to do with fish. When you’re there you absolutely NEED to have a lobster roll. Who makes them better than Maine? Transport your girlfriends to New England with these classic Maine lobster rolls. They’re simply irresistible, and basically summer on a bun! In Maine, you're likely to find lobster rolls served two ways: a simple combo of sweet, tender lobster and mayonnaise, or a crunchy, tangy and slightly spicy version of the lobster salad that includes celery, lettuce, lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne. Since we like a little kick, use this recipe if you want to add a little flair to a classic roll.


Ingredients for 4 lobster rolls

Four 1- to 1 1/4-pound lobsters 

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 

Salt and freshly ground pepper 

1/4 cup finely diced celery 

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

Pinch of cayenne pepper 

4 top-split hot dog buns 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 

1/2 cup shredded Boston lettuce


Step 1    

Prepare a large ice-water bath. In a very large pot of boiling salted water, cook the lobsters until they turn bright red, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, plunge the lobsters into the ice-water bath for 2 minutes, then drain.

Step 2    

Twist off the lobster tails and claws and remove the meat. Remove and discard the intestinal vein that runs the length of each lobster tail. Cut the lobster meat into 1/2-inch pieces and pat dry, then transfer to a strainer set over a bowl and refrigerate until very cold, at least 1 hour.

Step 3    

In a large bowl, mix the lobster meat with the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the diced celery, lemon juice and cayenne pepper until well blended.

Step 4    

Heat a large skillet. Brush the sides of the hot dog buns with the melted butter and toast over moderate heat until golden brown on both sides. Transfer the hot dog buns to plates, fill them with the shredded lettuce and the lobster salad and serve immediately.

We bet your lobster rolls turned out great, but for a taste of the real thing, go right to the source. Check out  Where to stay in Maine for a perfect Girls Weekend.


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