This healthier take on a lobster roll uses crab because it's usually easier (and less expensive) to buy. But by all means use lobster if you prefer. Serve with coleslaw and an ice-cold beer.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, hot sauce, pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Thoroughly mix in shallot, celery and 3 tablespoons chives. Mix in crab very gently so it doesn't break up too much.

  • Line each bun with lettuce and divide the crab filling among the buns. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the crab filling (Step 1) for up to 1 day.

Tip: Crabmeat (already removed from the shell) can be purchased canned, in shelf-stable pouches, frozen or pasteurized. Pasteurized usually has the best flavor; look for it in the fresh seafood section of the market. Crab from the U.S. and Canada are both considered good choices for the environment. If you live in an area known for crab, you may be able to get freshly cooked crabs at the seafood counter of your local market.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 21.5g; carbohydrates 29.3g; dietary fiber 4.1g; sugars 5.4g; fat 4.9g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 102.5mg; vitamin a iu 1306.9IU; vitamin c 10.4mg; folate 47mcg; calcium 162.3mg; iron 5.8mg; magnesium 46.2mg; potassium 269mg; sodium 768mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 4g.

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Rating: 4 stars
shellfish allergy I became allergic to shell fish after moving from Maine to Washington State. One thing I missed the most was the lobster and crabmeat rolls. After seeing your recipe I thought I would try some of the leftover grilled salmon I had in the fridge shredded it mixed it with the ingredients in your recipe and added it to the rolls. It was amazing!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Looks Great... This looks like an awesome summer lunch or dinner; Just served with some salty potato chips - like New England. I'm making this over the weekend...maybe start with some potato leek soup Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicious! wonderful for a hot summer meal. we loved them. my husband is from New England and he ate two. We will definitely make this again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Good recipe. I used a lot less lemon more celery a small amount of red onion and added some avocado and chopped tomatoes to the mix. Great mix of flavors. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is sooo delicious. My husband from New England loved it! The pasteurized crabmeat was so subtly sweet. This is a perfect easy to make hot summer night supper. We will make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved it I used imitation crab and it was still delicious! I will make this again. Healthy fast and tastes great. Pros: Easy & delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Crab Roll it was absolutely delicious and so simple to make. My husband loved it and I will be making it again for sure!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved it. I will cut down on the lemon next time. Will make this again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So good This was delicious. I wanted to make lobster rolls but couldn't find any fresh lobster so I used pasteurized crab meat instead and was not disappointed. I will definitely make this again. Read More