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Easy Florida Lobster Roll Recipe

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Lobster made portable

Florida lobster roll: a bit more prep work, a lot less cleanup. Guests will love the clean, crisp presentation.

There’s a big difference between American lobsters (Homarus americanus) and Florida, or Caribbean, spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus). Taste. To me, and other Floridians, there’s no comparison. Think of the difference between wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp. Bland v. tasty!

I offer a couple of tips to making your lobster meal a success. After splitting the tail with a pair of kitchen shears and a heavy knife, drop them into boiling, unsalted water. If you want to finish them on your grill to add some color to the meat, boil for 2 minutes, then grill. Otherwise, boil for 4 minutes. But if you don’t want to watch lobster-wrestling tableside, consider the portability of the lobster roll. You’ll spend a bit more time preparing the dinner, but I promise your guests or family will be just as happy—and likely not to need Wet Wipes to clean their hands, arms and upper bodies.

Watch the timer carefully, overcooking a lobster is one way to ruin your day.

With the exception of removing the meat from the cooked tails, this recipe is a no-brainer. But you’ll be the one who gets messy, and the resulting lobster salad part can be refrigerated for a few hours in advance of service.

Florida Lobster Rolls

(Serves 1)

Lobster is best served simply, only a few ingredients needed here!


    • Meat of two cooked Florida lobster tails
    • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
    • 1 teaspoon chives, chopped
    • Leafy, soft lettuce (Bibb or curly)
    • Soft baguette, preferably brioche


  • Chop the meat into bite-sized chunks and mix with one tablespoon mayonnaise and half-teaspoon of tarragon.

  • Lightly buttering and toasting the baguette under your oven’s broiler is optional, but not necessary.

  • Load up the sandwich, then sprinkle with the chives just before serving.

Enjoy Florida seafood at its best. FS

Florida Sportsman Magazine August 2019

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