A lobster roll is a kind of sandwich filled with lobster
meat. A traditional lobster roll contains the fresh cooked meat of a lobster,
tossed with mayonnaise and served on a grilled
hot dog bun or similar roll, served
so that the opening is on the top rather than on the side.
Left: A lobster roll.
may also contain diced celery and/or scallion, or may use drawn butter instead
of or in addition to mayonnaise. The sandwich can also contain lettuce, lemon
juice, salt and black pepper. Traditional New England restaurants serve lobster
rolls with potato chips or
on the side.
Lobster rolls in the U.S. are especially associated with the state of Maine, but
are also commonly available at seafood restaurants in the other New England
states and on Eastern Long Island in the U.S., where lobster fishing is common.
They are a staple summer meal throughout the Maritime provinces in Canada,
particularly Nova Scotia where they may also appear on
baguettes, or other types of bread rolls — even
pita pockets. The traditional
sides are potato chips and dill pickles.
There is also a variant called the Connecticut Lobster Roll, which is
warm lobster, fresh from the shell with drawn butter.