How to Make Authentic Lobster Rolls

There's only one recipe that fully captures the flavors of the East Coast—and it's easy to make, too.

Conjure a lazy evening on the Maine shoreline with our authentic lobster rolls: The delicious, buttery flavors and crunch of celery will become your go-to recipe throughout the warm months (and probably beyond!).

Nervous to cook lobster? No need! Here’s a step-by-step guide to cooking it right.

Keep It Simple

Before you dive in to making these easy lobster rolls, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

  • Lobster’s in the spotlight with this dish so purchase it fresh if possible.
  • While it might be tempting to add some flair with a garnish, a good lobster roll doesn’t need extra adornment to make it stand out. A pinch of paprika or a light splash of lemon juice will be more than enough.
  • This rule should also apply to your sauce: Don’t let the mayo overpower your lobster by adding extra.

How to Make Lobster Rolls

Lobster rolls might not seem like a contentious topic, but diners in Maine and Connecticut probably wouldn’t agree. Maine’s take uses cold lobster and mayo, while in the Connecticut version, warm seafood is tossed with butter. We say you can’t go wrong, but here’s a Maine version to get you started.


  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 5 cups cubed cooked lobster meat (about 4 small lobsters)
  • 8 hoagie rolls, split and toasted

Step 1: Make the lobster salad

In a large bowl, combine the celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed. Gently stir in lobster.

Step 2: Let the flavors meld

Place the lobster salad in the fridge for up to 10 minutes. This will help draw out and accentuate the flavors. (While it’s chilling, you can get started on a refreshing summer dessert—we’re fans of this Maine blueberry tart.)

Step 3: Serve it up

Scoop lobster salad onto rolls, lined with lettuce leaves if you like. The prepared salad will last up to three days in the refrigerator.

Get Authentic

To make your lobster rolls even more legit, follow these tips.

  • If you can, buy New England-style hot dog buns, which are able to hold their shape well when stuffed with the lobster salad.
  • Instead of cutting the buns along the side like the traditional hot dog bun, split them from the top. This will cradle the lobster salad so it won’t fall out the sides.
  • Toast the buns and brush with melted butter before loading in the lobster salad.
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Kim Bussing
Kim is a writer and creative consultant with more than a decade of experience publishing content about food and drink. She has told food and wine stories for top brands with household names, including Hilton and Marriott. Kim also writes about health and wellness topics, home decor and baking. For Taste of Home, she’s tackled stories about canned wines, cocktail kits, wine Advent calendars and much more. Kim’s passion is bringing together nutrition and joy in every meal and she’s always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.