Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

Our local Whole Foods advertised a 1-day lobster tail sale on Saturday. The price of lobster had kept me from purchasing in the past and I guess I never thought of an occasion special enough to make it. I had to jump on this deal, though. After picking up my CSA at the farmers market, I made a trip to Whole Foods. I couldn’t get lobster rolls off of my mind. Every summer, someone posts a beautiful New England vacation on Instagram or a blog and inevitably there is a dreamy picture of fresh lobster meat tucked into a buttery roll. That’s when I get really jealous. One summer I’ll get back to New England, but until then, I now know how to make a proper lobster roll.

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

I brought my beautiful tails home and did some quick research on how long to cook the tails. I remembered a simple recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP blog and read over the easy directions. You start with bay leaves and peppercorns in the water to help flavor the lobster meat. It might seem like that little step couldn’t yield much of a result, but the aromatics are the perfect complement to the sweet seafood.

I removed the tails from the water and let them cool until I could safely handle them. I snipped into the soft underside of the tail with kitchen shears and the incredible scent of fresh lobster hit me. I was instantly taken back to the Maine vacation I took with my family years ago. My Dad, the lobster lover, had lobster every night. I remember how each restaurant seemed to have a 2 lobster meal on the menu for under $20. I can’t remember what I ate on that vacation. I was a little iffy on seafood back then and I’m sure I wasted the opportunity to eat the freshest seafood. I was more interested in begging for a hunter green windbreaker and short set that had an iridescent shimmer. Unfortunately, my parents gave in and bought me that outfit.

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

Maybe I should start a tradition where we pick an average summer weekend, make these lobster rolls and talk about the things that make us happiest in between big bites of this sandwich. You know, like a summer Thanksgiving. Who’s with me?

Lobster Roll Recipe // Dula Notes

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  1. I love the idea of Summer Thanksgiving! and Sean has been talking non-stop about a lobster roll he had in DC a few weeks ago. Apparently they are what seafood dreams are made of!

  2. I went on vacation to Maine a few years ago and had the best lobster roll of my life at Red’s, a tiny little shack of a place. We chose melted butter instead of mayo for the sandwich and it was a great choice, but this looks so great too. I’ve never cooked lobster either because of the cost, but I’m curious to try it out myself!

    • The dressing is really light and I feel like that’s the key to a good roll. You could definitely use all butter and I’m sure it would be delicious! I mean, how could it not be, right? You should try making them!

  3. Swooooon. My husband and I got lobsters once and it didn’t go well. At ALL. So i like the idea of just tails, and I really, really, really like the idea of lobster rolls. I’ve honestly never thought to make my own. As always, thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

    • Aw, thanks Elizabeth! The tails were very easy to work with and overall it took very little time to pull together pretty impressive lobster rolls 🙂

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