Classic Maine Lobster Roll Recipe
Must Do When Visiting Maine
Visiting Maine traditionally involves eating lobster. Some want a whole Maine lobster and others want a Lobster Roll. Lately, I've become partial to the Classic Maine Lobster Roll.
Off-season or you just can't make it to Maine? With this simple lobster recipe you can get that classic lobster roll you crave right at home.
Making the classic Lobster Roll is really simple: lobster meat overflowing from a grilled hot dog bun. Not satisfied with simplicity, restaurants often want to "gussy" up the sandwich.
Frankly, the hardest part of making a lobster roll is getting the lobster, cooking it, and getting the meat out of the shell.
Save yourself some preparation time and headache by obtaining a whole lobster already cooked. Even if you aren't in Maine, you can probably pick them up at your local grocery store or seafood market. Can't find lobster available near you? You can always order on-line and have them shipped to you.
For this recipe, we'll assume you already have a cooked 1 to 1 1/4 pound soft shell Maine lobster.
Need help getting the meat out of the shell? Click on the link, "How to Shell a Whole Maine Lobster" for step by step directions or check out the video below.
How to Shell a Whole Maine Lobster
Ingredients for each Lobster Roll
- One 1 to 1 1/4 cooked soft-shell whole Maine Lobster, Shelled
- One Hot Dog Roll, Grilled
- 1 tbsp Melted Butter, (Optional)
- 1 tbsp Mayonnaise, (Optional)
- Lemon Juice, (Optional)
- Boil or Steam a 1 to 1 1/4 pound soft shell whole Maine lobster
- Remove the meat from the tail and claws of a cooled cooked lobster
- Use the lobster meat (usually served chilled) as is, or mix it with enough melted butter or mayonnaise to lightly coat the meat and help hold it together.
- Apply light coat of butter to the inside of the hot dog roll. Grill the roll until lightly toasted.
- Insert the lobster meat into the grilled hot dog roll.
- Gussy up your lobster roll as desired.
Gussy Up your Lobster Roll
The traditional lobster roll is made with a hot dog roll, but hoagie rolls, bulky rolls, or hard rolls are frequently used. Pita bread would be a great non-traditional option.
Seasoning and other ingredients:
Restaurants will often sprinkle paprika or their own special secret seasonings on top of the lobster roll. Chopped scallions or celery can be added to the lobster meat. Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
Upscale restaurants, or at least those that are attempting to look upscale, will add lettuce and tomato to the sandwich.
Lobster not available or you don't like it, you can substitute crab meat or shrimp in place of lobster meat.
|Serving size: 7 ounces of lobster meat/hot dog roll|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Carbohydrates 27 g||9%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 4 g||8%|
|Cholesterol 150 mg||50%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Lobster Roll Nutritional Facts:
Nutritional Facts for 7 ounces of lobster meat on a dry hot dog roll.
Lobster compared to other meat:
3.5 ounces of lobster (without butter or mayo) is only 90 calories as compared to 163 calories for the same amount of chicken or 280 calories for sirloin steak. Lobster also provides healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Lobster, the healthier white meat!
© 2012 Mark Shulkosky