Crunchy lettuce, red pepper and a tangy dressing are the perfect contrast to tender, sweet lobster meat in my delicious recipe for Lobster Rolls. Like my Crab Melts, they make a great light lunch or easy supper. There’s a gluten-free option too.
I have fond memories of childhood visits to Maine in the eastern United States. I remember sitting on the beach eating lobster rolls and French fries from nearby restaurants or food trucks so lobster rolls just say ‘summer’ to me. However now frozen lobster is more easily available, it means I can enjoy a taste of summer all year round!
Sourcing Lobster for Lobster Rolls
Lobster is definitely a treat, and when I do buy it it is important to me that it is sustainably sourced. This is not an affiliate or sponsored link, simply a personal recommendation but if you live in the UK I recommend Fish For Thought. I have been a customer since 2020, and the quality of their fish is excellent. They support British fishermen and women, have a short supply-chain, and champion sustainability. When lobster is plentiful they often have special offers so I tend to buy from them. They also offer both fresh and frozen 200 gram packages of claw and tail lobster meat that has been removed from the shell, perfect for lobster rolls.
You can use fresh or frozen lobster meat for this delicious recipe. If you are using frozen lobster, be sure that it is thawed completely before making the lobster rolls.
Tips For Making Lobster Rolls
If you get all the ingredients together before you start (mis en place) this recipe comes together in minutes.
I genuinely prefer Hellmann’s Extra Light Mayonnaise, however it is important to use your favourite mayonnaise so you love the flavour of this recipe. If you want to make mayonnaise from scratch, by all means go ahead.
My late Mom always added a tablespoon of Heinz or Bicks sweet green relish to her lobster rolls so I do the same. I think it adds a lovely flavour to the recipe but I sometimes struggle to source the relishes in the UK. If green relish is not your thing, or you do not have any on hand, feel free to leave it out.
I prefer to toast the buns I serve the lobster mixture on as it stops them from going soggy.
You are welcome to butter the lobster rolls before adding the filling, however I skip this step to keep things a bit healthier. They still taste amazing!
Serve the lobster rolls as soon as they are prepared, they are best fresh. You can prepare the filling in advance and keep it in the fridge if you want to get ahead.
How To Make This Recipe Gluten-Free
As long as your mayonnaise is gluten-free, all you have to do is use gluten-free buns to make this recipe gluten-free.
Lobster Rolls – Printable Recipe
- 7 ounces cooked lobster claw and tail meat, shelled and cut in small pieces
- 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
- ¼ cup red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon Heinz pickle relish (hamburger relish), optional
- 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise Use your favourite brand. I use Hellmann's extra light. You may need slightly more or less.
- 1 squeeze lemon juice You may need a little more.
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 hot dog buns I like to use brioche or pretzel buns if possible. Use gluten-free buns if required.
- Combine the lobster, celery, red pepper, spring onions, celery salt and the green relish (if using) in a medium bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise and stir through until thoroughly combined.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice and stir though.
- Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper to taste. You can add an extra squeeze of lemon juice if you want to as well.
- Toast the buns under a grill if desired.
- Divide the lobster mixture between the buns.
- Serve with salad and/or French fries.
More Easy Seafood Recipes
Salmon and Broccoli Stir Fry (gluten-free option)