Hot Lobster Roll

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

Hot Buttered Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

My husband is from Connecticut and always talks about his love for hot lobster rolls. In fact, he always likes to remind me that hot buttered lobsters rolls are the BEST type of lobster roll there is. While both type are good {it’s lobster, how can it not be good?} I will have to agree with him on this one. Hot and buttered is the way to go.

Hot Lobster Roll by Nutmeg Nanny

We don’t make a lot of lobster in our house because it’s such a process BUT I just found out last weekend that the grocery store will steam the lobster for you! The lobster was priced at $9.99 a pound and for no extra charge they will steam and cool your lobster. Ummm yes. I will totally talk them up on their offer. It takes me almost 30 minutes just to heat up the pot for lobster boiling so if I don’t have to clean that I’m more than happy.

Connecticut Style Hot Buttered Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

Since my husband knew he was getting lobster rolls he was more than happy to clean and pick off all the meat. For the most part lobster is pretty easy to clean and it’s nothing compared to the hassle of trying to clean crab.

Plus I’m super high maintenance in this department and have zero desire to clean lobster.

Hot Lemon Cilantro Buttered Lobster Roll by Nutmeg Nanny

If you feel like spending lots of money you could also buy store bought picked lobster. But yeah, it’s crazy expensive. I took a quick look at it was $18.99 for a HALF POUND.

Hell. No.

I will gladly let my husband take 20 minutes of his day to clean the lobster for me.

Aren’t I nice?

Lobster Roll Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

Now before any Connecticut hot lobster roll residents come at me with pitch forks I will address the giant elephant (giant lobster?) in the room. Yes, I added lemon and cilantro to the butter. The traditionalist will say this is wrong. That there should be nothing but plain butter  on a hot buttered lobster roll.

However, I really dig the fresh lemon and cilantro flavor. Lemon naturally pairs with lobster and cilantro is just a big bunch of summertime flavor.

Trust me, just give it a try.

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

If your not a fan of cilantro I think tarragon, chives or thyme would all be an awesome substitute!


Connecticut Style Hot Lobster Roll with Cilantro Lemon Butter

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.

Yield: 4-6 rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 (1-1/2 pound) steamed lobsters
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) salted butter
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon zested and juiced
  • 4-6 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 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.

Note: 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.

32 Responses to “Hot Lobster Roll”

  1. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — June 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    We spent a week last summer on Cape Cod and my mission was to eat as many lobster rolls as possible. The hot buttered style was my fave! I mean…butter. Lobster. What isn’t to like?

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    Katie — June 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I’ve never had a hot lobster roll. I think I need to change that! Every year we say we are gonna go down to the keys to go lobstering. I suspect I’ll be waiting a other few years to do so. In the meantime I’ll be stalking lobster prices so I can make this!

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    Jacque Herron — June 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Had the best Hot Lobster Roll at Lobster Landing, Clinton, CT….so delicious! We also make them at home, but it’s definitely lacking the ambience of the quaint shack on the waters edge.

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    tanya — June 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Oh these look so good! They look fresh and declines! I totally admit I’m squeamish when it comes to lobster, BUT not when they are tucked into a bun!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — June 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Just look at all that lobster deliciousness!!! I’ve only made lobster once in my life but if I could find a place that sold it for $9.99 cooked and cooled, I’d snap it up too. Your photos, once again, leave me drooling!

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    mimi — June 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

    wow. I’m so jealous that you can get fresh lobster! I’d definitely have it already cooked by someone else. I’m still traumatized from watching my mother boil one when we lived in NY!!!

  7. #
    Christie - Food Done Light — June 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh my gosh! This looks so delicious. I love how the lobster shines through.

  8. #
    DessertForTwo — June 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I’m pretty sure hot buttered feet would taste good on a roll if you made it like this. Love!

  9. #
    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — June 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    YUM, these look delicious! I love lobster and I will be making these for sure this summer! 🙂

  10. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — June 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I love your photos!!! I can literally reach out and grab one these bad boys!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I need these like I’ve never needed anything more.

  12. #
    The Food Hunter — June 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

    great photos…I love lobster!

  13. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — June 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

    There is nothing better than a lobster roll in the summer!!!

  14. #
    taylor @ greens & chocolate — June 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Mmmmm butter and lobster!! Brandy you’re killin’ me! These look incredible.

  15. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This roll looks pretty darn amazing. I’ve never had a lobster roll and each year I keep telling myself that I will make one.

  16. #
    Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) — June 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I have a confession to make… I have never had lobster before! Seafood in itself is somewhat new to me as I didn’t grow up with it. But I have been intrigued when I see a lobster roll and your looks delicious! I might give lobster a try!

  17. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — June 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I am now craving lobster in the worst way!! I’ve never had a lobster roll, believe it or not

  18. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — June 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    You married a good man that will pick lobster for you. He’s a definite keeper!

  19. #
    Ginny McMeans — June 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

  20. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I have never had a lobster roll hot or cold. In my small town lobster is rarely available. I would ride my bike on a busy street with a pack of dogs chasing me to get one these rolls! Sigh—–

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This reminds so much of the time we spent in the northeast when my husband was in the Navy. Cheap lobster everywhere so we had lobster rolls pretty often! And I really like the idea of the lemon and cilantro. Nothing wrong with shaking up a traditional recipe a little bit 🙂

  22. #
    cheri — June 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Oh what a way to start the week-end, these look amazing! So nice your husband will help out in the kitchen! Happy week-end!

  23. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Sooooo this looks amazing. And that lemon-cilantro butter? I may or may not want to drink it (hint: I do).

  24. #
    Samantha — June 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I had no idea the grocery store will steam lobsters for you! That is EPIC! I also just found out that the bakery will slice the freshly baked bread for you. I really had no idea…. Love the new table. The photos are so awesome for this!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — June 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    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!!

  26. #
    Norma | allspice and nutmeg — June 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

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

  27. #
    Joanne — June 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

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

  28. #
    Luce — August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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


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