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Introduction:

As summer approaches, there’s one culinary delight that captures the essence of the season like no other – lobster rolls. These iconic seafood sandwiches, with their succulent chunks of lobster meat nestled in a buttery bun, are a beloved favorite among food enthusiasts and beachgoers alike. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the delightful world of lobster rolls, exploring their origins, variations, and why they’ve become a quintessential summer treat. ANNNNND If you’re feeling like a baller, top some with Caviar (pictured in the middle) and really impress your guests.

The Origins of Lobster Rolls:

The exact origins of the lobster roll are somewhat debated, but it’s widely believed to have originated in New England, particularly in the coastal regions of Maine. In the early 20th century, lobster was abundant and inexpensive, making it a popular choice among fishermen and locals. The lobster roll, with its simple yet delicious combination of lobster meat and bread, was born out of a desire to enjoy this prized seafood in a convenient and portable form. Over time, the lobster roll gained popularity and spread beyond New England, becoming a beloved summer staple across the United States and beyond.

Variations and Ingredients:

While the classic lobster roll typically consists of lobster meat tossed with mayonnaise, celery, and seasoning, there are countless variations and adaptations of the dish to suit different tastes and preferences. Some versions are served hot with melted butter, while others are served cold with a creamy dressing. Some recipes call for the addition of herbs or spices, while others keep it simple and let the sweet, briny flavor of the lobster shine through. The type of bread used can also vary, from traditional New England-style hot dog buns to buttery brioche rolls or even toasted sourdough bread.

Today, we are doing a bit of a hybrid (aka my favorite version) where we are tossing the lobster meat in some garlic butter, seasoning to taste, and THEN adding to your mayo mixture. Basically if the Maine Style and Connecticut Style rolls had an offspring, here she is. And she’s spoiled, because we topped it with caviar lol.

For your Mise en place, grab some celery (for texture, but optional I suppose), garlic, 8 oz of Lobster Meat, Garlic, Chives, 1 lemon, and Fresh Dill. We are going to finely dice the dill, chives, and celery and use the zest and tbsp of juice from the lemon. All bright and aromatic flavors here.

For the mayo mixture we need good quality mayo, the chives, dill, celery, lemon, and seafood seasoning. I use my Lemon Bae but feel free to use your favorite. Cajun or creole seasoning works nicely here as well.

After you make the mayo mixture, it’s time to saute the lobster in a garlic butter bath. The lobster is already cooked, but we want to infuse it with some flavor.

Allow the lobster to cool before adding to the mayo mixture, otherwise it will separate.

Tips for Making the Perfect Lobster Roll:

Making the perfect lobster roll at home is easier than you might think. Start by cooking or steaming fresh lobster until the meat is tender and opaque. Once cooled, remove the meat from the shell and chop it into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, gently mix the lobster meat with mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon juice, chopped celery, salt, and pepper. Toast the rolls until golden and crispy, then fill them with the lobster mixture. For an extra touch of indulgence, brush the rolls with melted butter before filling them with the lobster mixture. Serve your lobster rolls with a side of potato chips, coleslaw, or a crisp green salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Why Lobster Rolls are a Summer Must-Have:

Lobster rolls are more than just a delicious sandwich – they’re a celebration of summer, sunshine, and seaside living. With their fresh, briny flavor and buttery richness, lobster rolls capture the essence of the season and evoke memories of lazy days spent by the shore. Whether enjoyed at a seaside shack, a backyard barbecue, or a fancy waterfront restaurant, lobster rolls are a quintessential summer treat that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and a taste of coastal bliss to your palate.

In a world filled with culinary delights, lobster rolls stand out as a true summer classic that’s beloved by seafood lovers and food enthusiasts alike. With their succulent lobster meat, buttery buns, and endless variations, lobster rolls capture the essence of summer in every bite. So why not treat yourself to the taste of summer and indulge in a delicious lobster roll? Whether enjoyed by the sea or in the comfort of your own home, lobster rolls are sure to delight your taste buds and leave you craving more. Cheers to summer, sunshine, and the simple pleasures of deliciousness!


Lobster Rolls

By: Mr. Make It Happen
Servings: 4 people
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
In this blog post, we'll dive into the delightful world of lobster rolls, exploring their origins, variations, and why they've become a quintessential summer treat. ANNNNND If you’re feeling like a baller, top some with Caviar (pictured in the middle) and really impress your guests.

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Mr. Make It Happen Chef Knife or preferred knife
  • 2-3 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Mr. Make It Happen Skillet or preferred skillet

Ingredients 

Seafood

  • 8 oz lobster meat
  • Caviar, optional

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsps Sweet relish
  • 2 tbsps butter

Dry Ingredients

  • Top split brioche buns
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

Produce

  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/4 cup Diced celery
  • 2 tsps Lemon zest
  • Fresh dill/chives/parsley, 1 tbsp each

Seasoning

  • Lemon bae to taste
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Instructions 

  • For your Mise en place, grab some celery (for texture, but optional I suppose), garlic, 8 oz of Lobster Meat, Garlic, Chives, 1 lemon, and Fresh Dill.
  • We are going to finely dice the dill, chives, and celery and use the zest and tbsp of juice from the lemon. All bright and aromatic flavors here.
  • For the mayo mixture we need good quality mayo, the chives, dill, celery, lemon, and seafood seasoning. I use my Lemon Bae but feel free to use your favorite. Cajun or creole seasoning works nicely here as well.
  • After you make the mayo mixture, it’s time to saute the lobster in a garlic butter bath. The lobster is already cooked, but we want to infuse it with some flavor.
  • Allow the lobster to cool before adding to the mayo mixture, otherwise it will separate.
  • Start by cooking or steaming fresh lobster until the meat is tender and opaque. Once cooled, remove the meat from the shell and chop it into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a bowl, gently mix the lobster meat with mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon juice, chopped celery, salt, and pepper.
  • Toast the rolls until golden and crispy, then fill them with the lobster mixture.
  • For an extra touch of indulgence, brush the rolls with melted butter before filling them with the lobster mixture.
  • Serve your lobster rolls with a side of potato chips, coleslaw, or a crisp green salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Notes

Allow the lobster to cool before adding to the mayo mixture, otherwise it will separate.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Seafood Recipes

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I’m Matt Price – A self taught “Home Chef”, or “Internet Chef”, lol, from Virginia. I’m super passionate about cooking and sharing recipes and techniques to elevate home cooking. Too many of us have drifted away from the kitchen – and my goal is to change that! Let’s Make It Happen.

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