Hot Lobster Rolls


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time50 mins
Hot Lobster Rolls

For The June Motel, nothing says summer like lemon lobster butter running down your hands. Get the recipe for their hot lobster roll.


  • 4 top-sliced hotdog buns (or buy unsliced buns and slice yourself)

  • 14 oz (400 g) cooked lobster meat

  • 1 cup salted butter

  • 1 tbsp finely diced shallots

  • 4 premium pieces of leaf lettuce

  • 4 lemon wedges


  • In a shallow pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots, and sauté until soft, translucent, and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cooked lobster, and sauté for about 2 minutes, until the lobster is heated through.

  • Place a frying pan over medium heat. Butter the outsides of each hot dog bun and toast each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

  • To assemble, line each bun with your premium piece of lettuce. Using a slotted spoon, to the best of your ability, scoop, strain, and spoon 3½ oz (100 g) of lobster into each cradle of the lettuce-lined buns. Reserve leftover butter for another use. Garnish with a lemon. Have napkins at the ready because some lobster dripping is inevitable.

Before Heydays was Heydays, we believed the one thing a beach town always needed was a delicious lobster roll. For us, nothing says summer like lemon lobster butter running down your hands as you take a New Englander–size bite. In Connecticut, the lobster rolls are hot. Cape Codders and the odd Mainer might take issue with this and try to convince you that a lobster roll should be served cold, tossed in mayonnaise, but if they did, they’d be sorely and resolutely wrong.

Lobster is meant to be tasted. So we serve it Connecticut-style, sautéed in butter and shallots, on a bun that’s been toasted with more butter. Our roll is served with a lemon wedge on the side to give just enough brightness that the whole thing really pops. — Freddy & Katie Laliberté and Evan & Emma Baulch

Excerpted from Heydays at the June Motel: Beach Town Classics by Freddy Laliberté and Evan Baulch, with Katie Laliberté and Emma Baulch. ©2024 Home Phone Holdings Inc and 2745690 Ontario Ltd. Published by House of Anansi Press.

Hot Lobster Rolls