Lobster Rolls with Lemon Herb Butter

Once you try warm Lobster Rolls with Lemon Herb Butter, you’ll never go back to the New England version again.  Packed full of sweet lobster, fresh herbs, lemon zest and butter this roll is what summer is about. 

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Summertime cooking is all about two things for me, fresh food and keeping things easy.  I don’t want to think too hard about my dinner but I still want it to be delicious.   Just a few ingredients, simple but bold flavors can really make a dinner go from boring to stand out delicious.  Which is why I always have fresh herbs on hand to make my meals pop!

We always had a bounty of herbs around the house growing up, our vegetable gardens might have failed but my mom’s herb garden thrived every summer.  It was conveniently planted right outside our front door, which meant as she was cooking dinner she pop outside with kitchen shears to snip off a little basil or parsley to finish off the dish.

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I on the other hand, did not get that green thumb.  Granted, I have no outdoor space to practice it on but I swore that with enough sunlight my herbs last summer could still thrive.  Nope, totally wrong by August they were a sad shriveled mess.   It was a familiar sight as the same thing happens each time I buy herbs for a recipe.  I use half, put them in the fridge and they are forgotten until a clean out a few weeks later.

You know the story.

Apparently, mine is that I can’t grow them or keep them fresh when I buy them.  Which is why I was thrilled when I discovered Gourmet Garden’s new line of Lightly Dried Herbs.  You may be familiar with with their stir in paste, which is fantastic for soups, chili, stews and sauces but the lightly dried herbs is a total game changer.   They stay fresh for 4-weeks (!) and are dried only slightly, you still have that fresh herb taste and appearance.  Plus no chopping of herbs, probably my least favorite thing to do.

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While recipes are endless using the lightly dried herbs, the first thing that came to mind was to make a hot lobster roll, aka Connecticut-style – because Lobster = summer.

I love traditional lobster rolls but who can resist a roll smothered and covered in warm butter?  This version is made even better with a healthy dose of parsley, basil, a kick of pepper and lemon zest.  The hardest part is cracking open the lobsters but summer is about getting a little dirty and messy anyway.

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Lobster Rolls with Lemon Herb Butter
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  • 2 - 1 1/4 lobsters, steamed
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil, such as Gourmet Garden
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley, such as Gourmet Garden
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, such as Gourmet Garden
  • 4 hot dog rolls, top-split preferred


  1. Pick the meat from the claws, knuckles, and tails of the lobsters. Be careful to avoid pieces of shell when removing the meat from the lobsters. Roughly chop up the tail meat and try to leave the claw pieces intact. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the softened butter, lemon zest, basil, parsley and red pepper flakes. Mix until spread thoroughly throughout the butter.
  3. Scoop the herb butter into a large saute pan over medium heat and melt. Add the lobster and coat until the lobster is warm, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Divide the lobster between the 4 rolls and serve with a sprinkling of herbs on top.
Recipe Type: Main, Seafood

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28 thoughts on “Lobster Rolls with Lemon Herb Butter

  1. Carla

    I would never, ever say no to a lobster roll. I hear you on the herbs – mine always shrivel up in the fridge. Thank goodness for brands like Gourmet Garden!

  2. Kimberly

    umm … I just drooled on my keyboard!

    Seriously, I love lobster rolls … and your version sounds amazing! I truly prefer this method to the mayo laden ones … and I’ve got to get my hands on these herbs. I never use all my fresh ones either!

  3. Maureen

    I always have lemon in my kitchen. And thank goodness there’s Gourmet Garden. Now it’s time for me to look for some delicious lobster. I love this version of yours! You made it look easy and fun. Lots of yumminess from this recipe!

  4. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    Wow this looks awesome! I’ve only cooked (live) lobster once. That was interesting. I feel you on the growing fresh plans. I finally figured out how to keep a basil plant alive for a few months. Lots of sun and ideal moisture level. Plus picking off the flower buds.

  5. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Oh, that big chunk of lobster on top in that final photo is calling out to me! I want to pluck it off and pop it right into my mouth. I love the kick of spice from the Lightly Dried chili pepper in these. Such a mouthwatering recipe!


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