maine lobster rolls on a wood board with french fries

Maine Lobster Rolls

Simple lobster salad meets buttery, griddled buns in these classic Maine Lobster Rolls. A taste of a New England summer at home!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make a maine lobster roll, lobster roll recipe, lobster salad rolls
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 lobster rolls
Calories 328kcal
Author Amanda Biddle


  • Two 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pound lobsters , boiled or steamed
  • 3-4 tablespoons good mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery (optional, for those who like a little "crunch")
  • freshly-squeezed lemon juice (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 leaves lettuce (optional, I use Boston)
  • 4 top-split, flat-sided hotdog buns ("New England" style)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened


  • Remove tail, knuckle, and claw meat from the lobsters and cut into 1/2-inch chunks. You should have about 1 pound of lobster meat. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Drain lobster meat, discarding any liquid. Gently toss lobster with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise and celery (if using). The lobster should be¬†coated, but not weighed down by the mayonnaise. Add an additional tablespoon of mayonnaise, if needed.
  • Taste the lobster salad. Some brands of mayo have more tang than others. If the salad needs more brightness, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Season to taste with salt (if needed) and pepper.
  • Cover the lobster salad and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 6-8 hours.
  • When ready to serve, preheat a griddle over medium heat. Butter the sides of the hotdog buns and grill 1-2 minutes on each side, until toasted.
  • Place a leaf of lettuce (if using) into each griddled hotdog bun and mound each with 1/4 of the lobster salad. Serve immediately with french fries, kettle chips, coleslaw, and dill pickles, if desired.


To Cook Live Lobsters

For step-by-step instructions, see the Lobster Cooking Guide infographic in the blog post above.
To save time, you can also ask your seafood market or the seafood counter at your grocery store to steam the lobsters for you. Some will even remove the meat from the shells.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 297mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 1.7mg