Fish & Seafood

Eventide Oyster’s Brown-Butter Lobster Roll

Learn how to make the best warm lobster rolls with this brown-butter lobster roll recipe from Eventide Oyster in Portland, Maine.

By Yankee Magazine

Sep 14 2021

Eventide Oyster’s Brown-Butter Lobster Roll.

Eventide Oyster’s Brown-Butter Lobster Roll.

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

We love the rich brown butter sauce that the team at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine, makes by cooking powdered milk with unsalted butter until it takes on a walnut hue. This butter is the base of Eventide’s signature brown-butter lobster roll, a departure from Maine tradition served on a Chinese-style steamed bun. We’ve adapted their recipe to serve on regular New England hot dog buns, but that addictive butter is well worth a try.

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4 servings


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons nonfat dried milk powder
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
1 pound cooked Maine lobster meat, cut into medium chunks
4 New England hot dog buns, steamed
Minced chives


In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.

Whisk in the milk powder and cook, stirring often, until the solids begin to brown and take on a nutty aroma.

Pour the butter into a bowl and add the lemon juice and salt.

Wipe out the skillet and add the butter and lobster meat, cooking until just heated through.

Divide lobster evenly among the buns and top with chives; serve warm.