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Hot Lobster Roll

This Connecticut-style hot lobster roll recipe is packed full of fresh lobster that has been tossed in lemon cilantro butter. Say hello to lobster happiness.

Hot Lobster Roll

Who doesn’t love a soft, delicious roll, filled to the brim with sweet and buttery lobster?

These hot lobster rolls are super easy to make and even easier to eat.

How easy, you ask? Your local grocery store can steam the lobsters for you, at no extra cost! 

And if you want to take it a step further, you can even purchase pre-picked lobster that has already been steamed and the shells picked clean; for a premium price, of course. 

It’s fresh summertime in a roll, made super fast and easy, so you can get to eating and enjoying them.

Trust me, you’re going to love these hot lobster rolls.

Hot Lobster Roll by Nutmeg Nanny

Ingredients for a hot lobster roll

  • Lobster – The star of the show! Lobster is sweet and tender.
  • Salted butter – I used salted butter here to really help balance and bring out the flavors of both the butter and the lobster.
  • Cilantro – A fresh and green herbaceous flavor.
  • Lemon – Fruity and citrusy, lemon brings a freshness that complements the lobster.
  • New England split-top buns – These buns have a lot of surface area on the sides, so they can get extra toasty. If you can’t find them, you can take a regular hot dog bun and trim the sides down. 
Connecticut Style Hot Buttered Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

Hot or cold lobster rolls?

These hot lobster rolls are also known as Connecticut style.

That means that they are served hot, with lots of melted, delicious butter. 

The alternative lobster roll is called “Maine” style.

Those are prepared using cold lobster meat, mixed with mayonnaise and sometimes celery.

It’s more like a lobster salad if you will. 

Hot or cold, you simply can’t go wrong with lobster rolls!

How to steam a lobster

So let’s say you didn’t get your lobster steamed by your local fishmonger. 

How do you steam a lobster at home?

It’s super easy!

First, take a large stock pot that has a tight-fitting lid, and add about 2 inches of water to the bottom.

Next, bring the water to a simmer and immediately add the lobsters to the pot.

Cover with the lid, and let cook for about 8 minutes (for 1 lb) up to 11 minutes (for 2 lbs). 

After the time is up, remove the lobsters, and voila!

Cooked lobster!

Hot Lemon Cilantro Buttered Lobster Roll by Nutmeg Nanny

Using a different type of butter

For this recipe, I wanted to bring in a little extra flavor by making homemade cilantro and lemon butter.

However, if you’re not a fan of cilantro you can opt to leave it out or use a different herb in its place.

The lemon helps bring a brightness to the dish so I think it works really even if you opt to not include the cilantro.

I used salted butter for this recipe as it will be the only salt added to the dish.

Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

Storage and leftovers

I only like to make as much as I need for this recipe.

However, you could steam your lobster up to 2 days in advance. 

Steam the lobster as directed, pick out all of the meat and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator. 

Alternatively, you can freeze your freshly steamed lobster meat!

Steam as before, pick out all of the meat and store in a vacuum-sealed, or freezer-safe zip-top bag. These will keep in your freezer for up to 2 months!

Connecticut Style Hot Lemon Cilantro Butter Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

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Connecticut Style Hot Buttered Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

Hot Lobster Roll

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This Connecticut style hot lobster roll recipe is packed full of fresh lobster that has been tossed in a cilantro lemon butter. Say hello to lobster happiness.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 rolls


  • 2 1-1/2 pound steamed lobsters
  • 1 stick 4 ounces salted butter
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon zested and juiced
  • 4 New England split top buns


  • Clean lobsters and pick out all the meat. Try to leave the claws whole but give the tail a little chop to break up the meat. Keep the meat cold until ready to use.
  • In a small saucepan set over low heat slowly melt the butter.
  • Once melted add in cilantro, lemon zest, and lemon zest.
  • Add in lobster and let sit over low heat while the lobster slightly warms in the butter.
  • While the butter warms lightly toast the outside of the buns in a toaster oven or under the broiler of your oven. You can also lightly oil the outside of the bread and toast it in a pan as well.
  • Stuff the lobster into the toasted rolls and drizzle the tops with any leftover butter in the pan.
  • Eat the rolls hot with a cold beer.


I bought fresh lobsters from the store and they steamed them for me at the store for no extra cost! Just ask if your store does this. It saves a lot of time and cleanup to have someone else do the steaming.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 237mg | Sugar: 1g
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword Connecticut lobster roll, fresh lobster roll, hot butter lobster roll, hot lobster roll, lobster recipes, lobster roll, lobster roll with butter, new England lobster roll, seafood roll, shellfish recipes
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Sunday 25th of June 2023

We just got back from a camping trip in our RV in Maine, and I had whole lobster, or a fresh lobster roll EVERYDAY! But after seeing your pictures of a CT lobster roll (I live in CT) I am again craving lobster! I can't get enough! Luckily, they are readily available here, but as with everything else, quite pricey. Worth it, though.


Saturday 30th of August 2014

Jacque-thanks for the tip. Next time I'm home (Westbrook) I'll drive on over to Clinton.


Wednesday 11th of June 2014

Of COURSE your hubby cleaned the lobster! Isn't that what these boys are here for anyway?

Norma | allspice and nutmeg

Sunday 8th of June 2014

I seriously love lobster roll. And that butter oh my!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

Sunday 8th of June 2014

I would be terrified to make fresh lobster. But if it results in these lobster rolls I might just have to think about it. Your pictures are stunning!!


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