How to Make Maine and Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls | Easy Recipes

We list warm and cold lobster roll recipes, along with the best bread and side dishes!

Seeing the words lobster roll make us salivate. It’s best to experience this mouth-watering treat in New England, where numerous restaurants specialize in serving chunk pieces of lobster with either mayo or butter. That said, you don't have to visit Cape Cod to enjoy this delicious treat. Below, you'll discover easy to make warm and cold lobster roll recipes. We'll tell you the best bread to use, along with the perfect side dishes. Enjoy!

Connecticut Lobster Roll Recipe

If you think lobster tastes amazing with melted butter, the Connecticut lobster roll might be your favorite. It is literally pieces of lobster mixed with clarified butter and then served warm on a toasted split-top roll.  

Connecticut Lobster Roll Recipe

  • Butter both sides of split-top roll with clarified butter and then toast.
  • Sautee lobster meat in clarified butter over low heat for one to two minutes.
  • Add lobster meat to toasted roll.

How to Make Clarified Butter

Melt the desired amount of unsalted butter in a pan on low heat. Pour the melted butter into a measuring cup and let it cool. When cool, use a spoon to scrape the foam off the top and then gently pour the good stuff in the middle into another container. Avoid mixing this with the milk solids on the bottom of the cup.

Maine Lobster Roll Recipe

Maine specializes in lobster and has its own unique roll, served cold. The Maine lobster roll features a light coating of mayonnaise, and we can’t emphasis the word “light” enough. The idea is to let the famously sweet North Atlantic lobster meat shine without slathering it with mayo.  In fact, some people will coat one side of the lobster meat with mayo, or spread a barely noticeable amount inside of the bun.

Maine Lobster Roll Recipe

  • Combine cold lobster meat with the desired amount of mayo.
  • Butter both sides of split-top roll with clarified butter and then toast.
  • Add lobster meat to the roll and enjoy!

New England Lobster Roll Recipe

Think Maine lobster roll, but mixed or topped with celery and chives, with some lettuce on the bottom of the roll. It’s a generous helping of mayo, based on our experience.

Is there a huge difference between Maine and New England lobster rolls? Depends on whom you speak to. Some people consider them the same, but with subtle changes. Instead of using Maine, restaurants simply list the sandwich as a New England lobster roll.

New England Lobster Roll Recipe

  • Combine cold lobster meat with the desired amount of mayo.
  • Add celery/chives/onions to the mixture, or use to garnish.
  • Butter both sides of split-top roll with clarified butter and then toast.
  •  Put lettuce into the roll, then the lobster meat.

Lobster Roll Facts

  • McDonalds sells lobster rolls (celery, lettuce and mayo) in New England during the summer.  The McLobster costs $8.99, making it one of the most affordable lobster rolls in the area.
  • Many restaurants in New England serve lobster rolls with pickles and potato chips.  If you don’t live nearby, grab a bag of Cape Cod chips to pair with your lobster roll.
  • New England style split top rolls have flat sides instead of curved, allowing you to easily butter and toast these rolls before piling on the lobster.
  • Lobster was initially served to prisoners and used as fertilizer.  It didn’t become popular until the mid 19th century. Incredible.

Now you know how to make Connecticut and New England (Maine) style lobster rolls. Do you prefer buttered or mayo-covered lobster rolls? What about hot or cold lobster rolls? Let us know in the comments, and happy eating.

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