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Classic Maine Lobster Roll: A Recipe

Updated: Jul 11

Lobster Rolls served with potato chips

Embark on a culinary journey to coastal New England with our classic Maine Lobster Roll recipe, a dish steeped in rich maritime tradition and culinary heritage. The origins of the lobster roll can be traced back to the early 20th century, when it emerged as a beloved staple among seaside communities along the rugged shores of Maine. While the exact origins are shrouded in legend and lore, it is believed that the lobster roll was first created as a simple yet indulgent way to showcase the bounty of freshly caught lobster, a prized delicacy abundant in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, this humble yet iconic dish has evolved into a quintessential symbol of summer dining, celebrated for its exquisite simplicity and unmatched flavor. With our recipe, you can recreate the timeless allure of the Maine Lobster Roll in the comfort of your own kitchen, bringing a taste of coastal charm to your table and honoring the rich culinary heritage of New England's seaside communities. So, channel your inner lobsterman, roll up your sleeves, and prepare to savor the taste of history with each delectable bite of our classic Maine Lobster Roll. 

Lobster roll served on a bun and in a pita pocket

Classic Maine Lobster Roll 

Makes 4 servings 


  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat, chopped into bite-sized pieces 

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced 

  • Optional: 1 green onion, finely diced (this can be removed if you want to skip the onion flavor) 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped 

  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

  • 4 top-split hot dog buns or New England-style split-top rolls 

  • Extra melted butter, for brushing 

  • Optional: lettuce leaves for serving 


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped lobster meat, mayonnaise, melted butter, lemon juice, diced celery, and chopped chives. Mix gently until all ingredients are well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  • Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush the outsides of the hot dog buns or split-top rolls with melted butter. 

  • Place the buttered buns on the skillet or griddle, cut side down. Toast them until they are lightly golden brown and crispy on the edges, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from heat. 

  • If desired, line the toasted buns with lettuce leaves for added freshness and crunch. 

  • Spoon the lobster mixture generously into each toasted bun, dividing it evenly among the rolls. 

  • Serve the Maine Lobster Rolls immediately, accompanied by extra lemon wedges and your favorite sides such as potato chips, coleslaw, or pickles. 

  • Enjoy your delicious and classic Maine Lobster Rolls! 

This recipe captures the essence of a traditional Maine Lobster Roll with its creamy lobster salad filling, buttery toasted buns, and simple yet flavorful ingredients. It's a perfect dish for summer gatherings, picnics, or anytime you're craving a taste of the Maine coast. 

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