Sous Vide Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls (With Lemon and Butter) Recipe

J. Kenji López-Alt

Why This Recipe Works

  • Sous vide lobster comes out with an extra-intense lobster flavor and butteriness built right into the meat, making it perfect for lobster rolls.
  • Toasting buns in butter adds crisp, buttery crunch to each bite.

If you've already experienced the magic of sous vide lobster, this is the only logical next step. Lobster rolls may not be very fancy, but there's no better way to experience lobster in its briny, sweet, buttery glory than stuffed into a top-split hot dog bun that's been griddled in butter until golden brown.

This version is made in the classic naked style you'll find in Connecticut, dressed with nothing more than a little butter and lemon juice.

Recipe Details

Sous Vide Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls (With Lemon and Butter) Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 4 lobster rolls


  • 2 tablespoons (30gunsalted butter

  • 4 hot dog buns, preferably top-split (see note)

  • 1 recipe Sous Vide Lobster

  • Fresh juice of 1 lemon, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon (7g) minced fresh chives

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)


  1. Heat butter in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add hot dog buns, with exposed crumbs down, and griddle until golden brown. Flip and griddle second side. Transfer to a serving platter.

  2. Discard any herbs from sous vide lobster bag. Remove lobster meat from bag and chop into large bite-size pieces. Transfer to a large bowl and add butter and juices from bag. Season with lemon juice to taste. Add chives and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. (Sous vide lobster is typically well seasoned even without additional salt.) Divide mixture evenly between hot dog buns and serve.


Top-split buns are not widely available outside of New England. If you can't find them, you can use regular hot dog buns with the crust along the sides very carefully sliced off, to expose the soft interior crumb for toasting.

Special Equipment

Sous vide precision cooker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
293 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 293
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 553mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 244mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)