It’s that time of year again here in Maine, where lobster is here, there, and everywhere. Lobster rolls especially.
There are two ways Maine locals dress their lobster rolls: with a coating of mayonnaise or the latter, with a touch of melted butter. In fact, there’s a great debate across the state on how a lobster roll should be dressed, or not at all and unadulterated.
Normally, I like a little mayo on mine, but ever since I had the brown butter lobster roll at one of my favorite local restaurants, I’ve been keen on lobster rolls dressed with browned butter.
Guys, can we talk about brown butter for a moment? It just makes everything taste better. Its nutty and toasted flavors will compliment any dish—savory or sweet. The best part is that it’s the easiest to make. Literally, all you need is butter and a small pan.
Then when you mix in dry milk powder to it, it becomes even more magical because you’re getting more brown butter milk solids (where all the flavors are). Mix in a little lemon juice and salt, and you’ve got the perfect dressing for lobster.
Normally, I only eat lobster once or twice during the summer months, as its flavor can be too rich for me at times. With these Maine Brown Butter Lobster Rolls though, I’ll happily eat one per week!
Recipe adapted from New England Today.
- 4 potato hot dog buns
- 1 tablespoon salted butter (for toasting buns)
- 9 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- sea salt, to taste
- 1 lb. cooked Maine lobster meat, cut into medium-sized pieces
- chives, minced
- Toast hot dog buns with salted butter on a large skillet, over medium heat. Transfer to a plate.
- Melt stick of unsalted butter in a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat. After butter has melted, whisk in milk powder. Make sure to whisk often, as the butter can burn quickly. Cook until butter is browned and has a nutty aroma.
- Pour the butter into a small bowl. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towels. Add lemon juice and salt to the butter. Return the butter to the skillet, then add the lobster meat. Cook until lobster is heated through, about 3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the lobster.
- Spoon lobster meat into hot dog buns, then drizzle lobster with leftover browned butter. Sprinkle chives on top. Serve immediately.