Butter Poached Lobster Rolls with Bibb Lettuce and Spicy Mustard Mayonnaise

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Two 1 1/2-pound lobsters, par-boiled until they turn red

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 pounds unsalted butter, diced and chilled

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

2 brioche hot dog buns, edges and ends squared off

Unsalted butter, at room temperature, for brushing

1 head Bibb lettuce, outer leaves removed

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup Spicy Mustard Mayonnaise, recipe follows

2 tablespoons finely minced chives

4 lemon wedges, for serving

Spicy Mustard Mayonnaise:

1 tablespoon mustard powder, such as Colman's®

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 cup mayonnaise, such as Hellmann's®

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper


  1. Remove the lobster meat from the tail, knuckles and claws, keeping the meat intact. Split the tail down the center and clean the waste track.
  2. Heat the water and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the cold butter cubes a little at a time, being careful to make sure it forms a creamy emulsion. Rotate the saucepan off and on the heat, melting the butter until it is all incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm but not simmering; the butter must stay emulsified.
  3. Brush the hot dog buns with some room temperature butter on all sides. Toast in a large, dry skillet over medium heat, about 1 minute per side.
  4. Add the lobster meat to the butter bath and warm through until fully cooked and the tails just start to curl, about 4 minutes.
  5. Place the Bibb lettuce in a small bowl and dress with the olive oil and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  6. Fill the rolls with the butter poached lobster and drizzle with the Spicy Mustard Mayonnaise; the lobster roll should be warm. Finish with the chives. Serve each lobster roll with 2 of the lemon wedges. Plate the dressed lettuce on the side.

Spicy Mustard Mayonnaise:

Yield: 1 cup.
  1. Whisk together the mustard powder, water, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. 
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