This lobster roll recipe is fresh lobster chunks tossed in a mixture of mayonnaise, lemon juice and herbs, then served in toasted, buttered buns. A New England classic that’s easy to make and always gets rave reviews!

You can never go wrong with fresh seafood, whether it’s steamed mussels, a summery shrimp boil, hot crab dip or these super delicious lobster rolls. Lobster sandwiches are the absolute best way to showcase this succulent seafood variety!

A lobster roll filled with a creamy seafood mixture and served with chips.

There’s nothing better than a lobster roll, that combination of creamy lobster salad on a buttery bun just can’t be beat! My New England-style roll takes just minutes to put together, and is always a big hit.

I also love grilled lobster tail, lobster salad and my decadent lobster mac and cheese! If you are a seafood lover, you owe it to yourself to make my popular seafood boil which contains succulent lobster tails.

Lobster Roll Ingredients

To make lobster rolls, you will need lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, salt, pepper, butter, buns and chives.

Chunks of lobster meat in a bowl.

How Do You Make A Lobster Roll?

Place cubes of lobster meat in a bowl along with mayo, lemon juice, celery, chives, kosher salt and black pepper. Gently mix the lobster with the seasonings until it’s well combined. Spread butter on the outside of split top hot dog buns, then toast the buns in a pan on the stove. Place a lettuce leaf into each bun, then mound the lobster mixture on top. Add a sprinkle of chives if desired, then serve immediately.

Lobster, chives, celery and mayonnaise in a bowl.

Tips For The Perfect Lobster Roll

  • The lobster mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it.
  • This recipe is most authentic when split-top hot dog buns are used. If you can’t find split-top buns, feel free to use regular hot dog buns or even French rolls.
  • I like to serve my sandwiches with lettuce in them, but you can omit the lettuce if you just want pure lobster!
  • Any type of lobster will work for this recipe. While Maine lobster is the classic variety used, rock lobster will also work just fine.
  • Feel free to use lobster claw meat, tail meat, or a combination of the two.

Quick Tip

I recommend using fresh lobster, but frozen lobster will also work. Just be sure to thaw it completely before you cook it.

Lobster salad in a bowl in a creamy dressing.

Recipe Faqs

What is a lobster roll made of?

A lobster roll is made with chunks of lobster meat that are tossed in a light sauce, often with finely diced herbs and vegetables. The lobster meat is placed into a split top bun that is toasted with butter.

What are the two different lobster rolls?

There are two types of lobster rolls. One is a Maine lobster roll, which has a mayonnaise based sauce. The other is a Connecticut lobster roll, which is made with melted butter instead of mayo.

Is a lobster roll cooked or raw?

A lobster roll contains cooked lobster meat that is usually chilled to make a delicious sandwich.

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Lobster roll with chunks of fresh lobster meat in a buttered and toasted bun.

How To Cook A Lobster

You can use live lobsters or pre-cooked lobster for this recipe. To cook live lobsters, place 3 inches of salted water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the lobsters, cover the pot, then cook for 7-8 minutes for a 1 1/4 pound lobster. Remove the lobsters from the water, then let them cool and remove the tail and claw meat from the lobsters. Cut the meat into 3/4 inch pieces and you’ll be ready to proceed with the recipe.

If you’re cooking lobster tails, you can steam them, or roast them in the oven. Broil the lobster tails for 10 minutes or until the flesh is red and opaque. Let the tails cool, then dice the meat to use in your sandwiches. Still need more guidance? Be sure to check out my complete guide on how to cook a lobster.

Lobster Roll Variations

This sandwich recipe is absolutely delicious as-is, but you can change up the ingredients to customize it to your tastes.

  • Connecticut Style: Instead of making a cold sandwich, toss warm chunks of lobster with melted butter, parsley and salt and pepper.
  • BLT: Add cooked strips of bacon and sliced tomato to the sandwiches.
  • Avocado: You can add chunks of avocado to the lobster salad, or place slices of avocado into the buns.
  • Spicy: Add hot sauce or sriracha sauce to taste.
  • Seafood: Mix in shrimp and crab with the lobster.

Lobster rolls are one of my favorite ways to enjoy lobster. These may just be the best lobster rolls you’ll ever eat, and even better, you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home!

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Lobster Roll

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of lobster roll served with chips.
This lobster roll recipe is fresh lobster chunks tossed in a mixture of mayonnaise, lemon juice and herbs, then served in toasted, buttered buns. A New England classic that's easy to make and always gets rave reviews!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat approximately 3 1/2 cups, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup celery finely chopped, use the tender inner stalks
  • 1 tablespoon chives thinly sliced, plus more for garnish if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 split top hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened


  • Place the lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, chives, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir gently to combine.
  • Spread the butter onto the outer sides of each bun. Place the buns in a pan or on a griddle over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Divide the lobster mixture among the buns. Serve immediately, garnished with additional chives if desired.


  1. The lobster salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it.
  2. This recipe is most authentic when split-top hot dog buns are used. If you can’t find split-top buns, feel free to use regular hot dog buns or even french rolls.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I always get Lobster Rolls when I travel to Vegas. Now I don’t have to travel to get them. These were even better! Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, this Lobster Roll Recipe has me drooling! I love how simple and straightforward the instructions are, making it easy for even a seafood beginner like myself to follow along. I can’t wait to try this recipe out for myself and impress my friends and family lol. Thank you for sharing

  3. 5 stars
    First time I tried a Lobster Roll. So easy and unpretentious in the method, but divine in taste and textures! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I used half the mayo (as recommended by another reviewer) and added 1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning to the mix. Also used pairs of King’s Hawaiian Rolls split and grilled as in recipe. Absolutely delicious!! And a huge hit with the family! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 1/4 cup mayo is way to much it takes away from the lobster next time I’ll use half . But all and all good recipe. I had an extra 4lb lobster leftover from the night before broke all down tail claws and nuckles. Delicious

  6. 5 stars
    I am literally drooling all over the place right now! These lobster rolls … OMG! And to top it off they are served on toasted, buttered buns. I think I’m in love!

  7. 5 stars
    Lobster rolls are my husband’s absolutely favorite — so I think he’d die and go to heaven if I made these soon! Can’t wait to try them!

  8. 5 stars
    I’m salivating over this delicious lobster roll recipe! I’ve been craving seafood, and this would be a wonderful meal for lunch or dinner. I’m adding the ingredients to this week’s grocery list!

  9. 5 stars
    This looks so good! I love myself some lobster . A lobster roll sounds like the perfect lunch option right now!

  10. 5 stars
    OH MY GOSH. I’m drooling over this recipe. So many flavors packed into something I can hold in my hand. YUM!

  11. 5 stars
    Wow, this lobster roll was so delicious! Just whipped this up for dinner and the flavors are on point.