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Classic Maine Lobster Roll Recipe

Updated on September 30, 2019
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My wife and I enjoy traveling and spending time at our camp on a lake in Maine. Sharing the beauty and wonders of Maine is our passion.

Lobster Roll and Fries at Taste of Maine.
Lobster Roll and Fries at Taste of Maine. | Source

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

Cooked whole Maine lobster just waiting to loose its shell.
Cooked whole Maine lobster just waiting to loose its shell. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Use one whole lobster for each Lobster Roll.

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)
Meat from one soft-shelled Maine Lobster
Meat from one soft-shelled Maine Lobster | Source
Hot dog roll. butter, mayo, and a lemon
Hot dog roll. butter, mayo, and a lemon | Source


  1. Boil or Steam a 1 to 1 1/4 pound soft shell whole Maine lobster
  2. Remove the meat from the tail and claws of a cooled cooked lobster
  3. 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.
  4. Apply light coat of butter to the inside of the hot dog roll. Grill the roll until lightly toasted.
  5. Insert the lobster meat into the grilled hot dog roll.
  6. Gussy up your lobster roll as desired.

Gussy Up your Lobster Roll

  • Roll Options:

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.

  • Garnish:

Upscale restaurants, or at least those that are attempting to look upscale, will add lettuce and tomato to the sandwich.

  • Other Options:

Lobster not available or you don't like it, you can substitute crab meat or shrimp in place of lobster meat.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 7 ounces of lobster meat/hot dog roll
Calories 320
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 150 mg50%
* 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


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      Michelle Dee 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This sandwich seems to be popular in Maine. I never had one, but now I want one. The calorie count is low as well and that makes it even better! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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      Mark Shulkosky 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glad you liked the Hub and the pleasant memories of a warm summer day that help get thru a brutally cold Maine winter day. If you like the view from Red's head to Newbury Neck and check out the one from Perry's. Stay warm.

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      Lindy's World 

      7 years ago

      Lobster Rolls are the best!!!! Nothing in my opinion beats a summer evening eating a Lobster Roll from Red's watching the boats come in drinking an ice cold Shipyard or for my kids a bottle of Moxie. Thanks for the hub!

    • bankscottage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shulkosky 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      FullofLove, thanks for visiting and commenting. The classic lobster roll is really not that hard. The tough part is getting fresh lobster, particularly at this time of year.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Looks really scrumptious... thanks for sharing your recipe, might definitely give it go! Voted up and awesome. :)

    • bankscottage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shulkosky 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Paula. I can't decide what I like more, lobster, mussels, hot wings or beef on wick. If I add some beer, I can't lose with any of them.

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      OK, banks.....Consider yourself a magician. I do not read recipe hubs....but here I am. I believe this is spelled, L-O-B-S-T-E-R! YUM! Slurp slurp!.......and I was just dreaming about Lobster Newburg!! UP!

    • bankscottage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shulkosky 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Randomcreative. Thanks for stopping by. I could go for one for lunch today too.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The photos are mouth watering! I'm craving one of these rolls now. :)

    • bankscottage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shulkosky 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks for the otes and Pin. The sandwich does look good right now.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      Voted up and awesome. Boy does this look good. I hate bunches of these on our trip to Maine. Pinned it to0!

    • bankscottage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shulkosky 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by carol7777 as well as the votes and shares. Writing the Hub makes my hungry for lobster right now ;-)

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      All of this looks wonderful. Great photos and am certainly going to bookmark. Voting UP and sharing as well.


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