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Luke's Lobster Rolls Recipe

The only place for mayo in this lobster roll recipe is spread on the buns (for the lobster, we prefer straight up butter and seasoning).

by Ben Conniff and Luke Holden
Jun 22 2016, 12:04pm

Servings: 4
Total time: 15 minutes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 New England-style split-top hot dog buns
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 pound freshly cooked Maine lobster meat, chilled (you can buy it cooked, or use meat from a lobster you steamed yourself)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Brush half the butter onto the outer sides of your buns. Heat a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron pan over medium heat for 2 minutes, then toast the buns in the pan until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the buns from the pan and gently pry open the tops.

2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise on the inside of each bun. Arrange a quarter of the lobster meat inside each bun. Reheat the remaining melted butter, if necessary, and stir in the lemon juice. Drizzle the mixture evenly over the lobster in each sandwich. In a small bowl, stir together the celery salt, oregano, thyme, and pepper, then sprinkle a pinch of the seasoning mixture over each sandwich.

From Real Maine Food (Rizzoli) by Ben Conniff and Luke Holden.