Best of Both Worlds Lobster Roll

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Lunch, Main Course, Sandwich American
By Bon Appétit Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 40 Minutes

Maine and Connecticut Lobster Roll styles come together in this buttery, creamy lobster roll recipe.


  • 3 1.75-lb. Live Lobsters, or 6 Lobster Tails
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Diced Celery
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Chives, plus more for serving
  • Kosher Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 4 New England Style Split Top buns, or hot dog buns with the top and bottom sliced off
  • 2 Green or Red Lettuce Leaves



Fit a large pot with a steamer basket and pour in water to come to top of basket. Place over high heat.


If using live lobsters, dispatch lobsters by using a sharp chef’s knife (and one fell swoop) to split the front section of each between the eyes. Place lobsters in pot, cover, and steam (the pot should be actively filled with steam) until shells are bright red and tails are curled, 6–8 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle, 12–15 minutes.


Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, celery, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. chives in a medium bowl to combine; season dressing with salt and pepper.


Remove lobster meat from shells and cut into large pieces; discard shells.


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; transfer 2 tablespoons melted butter to a small bowl and set aside for brushing buns.


Add lobster meat to remaining butter in saucepan and toss to coat. Cook, tossing occasionally, until just warmed through (it should not be hot; you don’t want it to overcook), about 4 minutes. Season with salt, then spoon lobster meat into bowl with dressing with a slotted spoon and gently toss to coat.


Heat a dry large skillet over medium. Brush reserved butter over outsides of buns. Toast, buttered side down, until golden, about 3 minutes per side.


Line each bun with a piece of lettuce and spoon in dressed lobster; top with more chives.