Lobster Roll

Nothing marks the start of summer in the Northeast like a buttery bun piled with lobster meat. Although Maine is best known for lobster, the lobster roll reportedly originated in a Milford, CT, restaurant in 1929; it was served warm like this one.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 lobster rolls
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Ingredients

Kosher salt

3 live lobsters (about 2 pounds each)

1 stick unsalted butter

4 top-split hot dog buns

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

Paprika, for topping

Directions

  1. Bring 2 inches of salted water to a boil in a large stockpot. Add the lobsters, cover and steam until bright red, 9 to 10 minutes. Remove the lobsters to a baking sheet with tongs and let cool.
  2. Remove the meat from the lobster shells: Twist off the claws, then break off the tail. Pull off the flippers. Insert your thumb into the flipper end of the tail and force out the meat. Crack the claws with the flat side of a knife or a lobster cracker; remove the meat. Cut the lobster meat into 3/4-inch chunks, discarding any cartilage from the claws.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the buns and toast, turning, until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter and the lobster meat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring gently, until the lobster is just warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chives and tarragon; season with salt. Divide among the buns; sprinkle with paprika.
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