Lobster Rolls

Maine Lobster Rolls vs Connecticut Lobster Rolls

Which do you Prefer?

Lobster Meat

During these hot summer months anyone that loves lobster will tell you that there’s no better summer meal than a delicious lobster roll packed with lobster meat. Bring a little Maine home with you by learning how to make two different types of lobster rolls. Close your eyes, imagine looking out into the Atlantic and feeling the ocean breeze, then get ready to dig in.

In New England, there are two different variations of lobster rolls – Maine style and Connecticut style. It’s all about personal preference as both are delicious, so we’re going to go over how to make both of them for you to enjoy. When you make a lobster roll, the most important thing is the lobster meat. Generally lobster rolls are made with the lobster claw, knuckle and leg meat however you can also use the lobster tail meat if you so choose! At Lobster Trader, we always have lobster tails for sale at the best prices anywhere online, and will get them delivered to you overnight to your doorstep anywhere in the contiguous United States of America.

Maine Versus Connecticut Style – What is the Difference?

Two of the main differences may be subtle if you aren’t from the areas that they originated, but to natives the debate is strong. There’s a difference in the style of roll between Maine and Connecticut Lobster Rolls, as well as whether the meat is hot or cold. Maine lobster rolls also generally lightly season their lobster meat. The major difference outside of roll and lobster meat temperature is whether you are going to go with mayonnaise or butter. Maine lobster rolls generally are lightly coated with mayonnaise and sometimes a small amount of finely chopped celery, while Connecticut lobster rolls are topped with warm butter.

So which is better?

For generations, there has been an ongoing debate between which lobster roll is better, whether it is Maine or Connecticut style. This debate is completely subjective, and with the right lobster meat either will make a delicious meal. Here at Lobster Trader we are unbiased, and will take them any way! To help you out in creating the perfect lobster roll, we’ll go over both ways to make a lobster roll so you can try each out and make your own decision!

Maine Lobster Rolls are delicious. Lightly tossed in mayonnaise, Maine Lobster Rolls are served cold with light seasoning and herbs.
Maine Style Lobster Roll

How to Make a Maine Lobster Roll

First let’s start with the Maine lobster roll. Because Maine lobster rolls are generally served with cold meat, our pre-cooked and shelled lobster claw meat is perfect for making them.

Gather the following ingredients…

  1. Pre-cooked and shelled lobster meat
  2. Mayonnaise
  3. Dill & Parsley
  4. Garlic Powder
  5. Salt and Pepper
  6. New England Style Frankfurter Buns
  7. Butter

Begin with the Preparation for Maine Lobster Rolls

  1. Place the lobster meat in a mixing bowl & add the mayonnaise, a pinch of dill and parsley, a pinch of garlic powder, and some salt & pepper.
  2. Lightly toss the ingredients to coat the lobster
  3. If the mixture is warm, make sure to chill it.
  4. Toast the buns by spreading them flat with generous amounts of butter. Toast until golden brown.
  5. Fill each roll with 4 ounces of the lobster mixture.

That’s it! Your Maine Lobster Roll is ready to serve!

Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls are coated with butter and served on a hot dog bun.
Connecticut Style Lobster Roll

How to Make a Connecticut Lobster Roll

Because Connecticut Lobster Rolls are served with warm lobster meat, we recommend using lobster tails or a whole lobster. You can find lobster tails for sale here, as well as read this recipe on how to cook lobster tails two ways.


  1. 4 4-5oz Lobster Tails
  2. 1 Stick of Butter
  3. 8 Top-Split Hot Dog Buns
  4. 1/4 Cup of Finely Sliced Scallion green or chives

Let’s Prepare our Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls

  1. Cook the lobster tails by either steaming, boiling or broiling the tails. You can read how to cook lobster tail here, or if you plan to boil them, the general rule of thumb is one minute per ounce of tail.
  2. Once you have cooked your frozen lobster tails, remove the meat as soon as it is cool enough to handle. Roughly chop into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet and coat the pan to toast the hot dog buns. Place the buns with the cut side down and gently press and move them around until golden brown. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Melt remaining butter in the skillet over medium heat. Once melted gently coat the lobster meat and add the scallions.
  5. Divide the lobster between the rolls (around 4 ounces per roll) and pour remaining butter over the meat.

Your buttery Connecticut Style Lobster Rolls are now ready to serve. Great pairing with a white wine or crisp lager!

In Conclusion

Although the debate between which is the superior style lobster roll will always be fierce, both Maine Lobster Rolls and Connecticut Style lobster rolls are a delicious meal. We would be happy to take either one! To recap, the major differences between the two are the following…

  1. Maine Lobster Rolls are served cold while Connecticut Lobster Rolls are served warm
  2. Maine Lobster Rolls are coated with mayonnaise while Connecticut Lobster Rolls are topped with butter
  3. Maine Lobster Rolls tend to be lightly seasoned while Connecticut Lobster Rolls are generally just seasoned with butter
  4. The bun difference between Maine & Connecticut lobster rolls can be different.

We hope this article was informative and you have everything you need to make your decision!

If you are looking for a simple, quick and easy recipe for a potluck style gathering, check out our last blog on lobster dip. This is one of our favorite new recipes that is a great way to really kick off a meal. We’ve also recently written about a great lobster mac n cheese recipe that is also great for a family dinner or larger gatherings.

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