Gallery: How To Make Lobster, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches | The Food Lab

  • Steam

    Steam the lobster for exactly 2 minutes.

    Finished Steaming

    This will set the exterior of the lobster's flesh rapidly so it doesn't stick to the inside of the shell. But it's not cooked through yet. You need to...

    Roast it

    Roasting the lobster in the shell is gentle, which leads to even cooking and tender meat, as well as a concentration of flavor. I cook my lobster to 135°F, which takes about 7 minutes for claws in a 350°F oven, and 15 minutes for tails.

    Chop and Season

    After cooking, chill the lobsters in cold water. Then shuck, dry, and chop the meat. Season it with salt, pepper, chives, and a little bit of homemade mayonnaise. Just enough to bind it.

    Score Tomatoes

    Score ripe tomatoes in an X shape on their bottoms with a sharp knife.


    Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen their skins.


    Immediately transfer them to cold water to halt cooking, then peel off their skins. It should rub off easily.

    Quarter the Tomatoes

    Quarter the tomatoes with a sharp knife to get at their innards.


    Remove the seeds, jelly, and paler inner flesh from the tomato and save for another use (like sauce!).

    Tomato Filets

    Tomato filets, ready to go on your sandwich. This is the tastiest, juiciest part of the tomato.

    Make the Mayonnaise

    I make my mayonnaise in large batches so I'll always have some on hand. The easiest method I know is my Foolproof 2-Minute Mayonnaise. All you need is the ingredients, a hand blender, and a jar.

    Mayonnaise Done.

    In moments, you've got creamy mayonnaise worlds better than what you can get in the store.

    Shingle Bacon

    Shingle the bacon on a rimmed backing sheet, slightly overlapping each slice lengthwise and crosswise with its neighbors.

    Cook and Drain Bacon

    Cook the bacon in the oven until crisp, then drain it on paper towels, making sure to reserve the bacon fat.

    Cut Bacon

    Cut the bacon sheet into perfect sandwich-sized slabs.

    Spread Bread with Bacon Fat

    Spread rendered bacon fat on the cut surfaces of a couple small loaves of ciabatta.

    Toast Bread

    Toast the bread under the broiler until golden brown.

    Spread with Mayonnaise

    Spread the bread with mayonnaise on all cut surfaces.

    Layer Avocado

    Shingle sliced avocado on the bread in a thin, even layer, pressing the avocado down into the soft part of the bread.

    Add Bacon

    Add your bacon slab. It's ok if it breaks a little, just make sure you have 100% coverage.

    Add Tomatoes

    Shingle on the tomato filets, pressing down firmly to compact all the ingredients.

    Layer Lettuce

    Layer the crispest white and pale green or yellow parts of iceberg lettuce onto the top side of the loaf, laying it so the concave side is out, and pressing it into the bread to compress it slightly.

    Fill With Lobster

    Fill the lettuce cup generously with the lobster salad and close up the sandwich.



    Eat. With napkins.

    Lobster B.L.A.T.

    Lobster, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato in a sandwich is not a bad thing. Quite the opposite, actually.

    Kill the Bugs

    Start by dispatching your lobsters with a knife to the brain stem. It's the fastest and most humane way to do it. (Your lobster will still twitch for a few minutes after death. These are reflexes, not conscious movements.)