Budget-Friendly Lobster Rolls

Budget-Friendly Lobster Rolls

The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry.

Lobster rolls aren’t just for the rich, but boy are my Budget-Friendly (otherwise known as Poor Man’s) Lobster Rolls are rich! Like many, I LOVE seafood – especially lobster, but I don’t always have the “Benjamins” for it in my budget. So I decided to come up with a way to binge without breaking the bank.

Budget-Friendly Lobster Rolls

I asked the gentleman at Heinen’s seafood counter to give me a 1/4 lb. of fresh lobster meat and a couple of the claw pieces. I then picked up a couple cans of Albacore Tuna. Here’s the twist…I mixed the tuna and the lobster together. It gives the impression of more meat, but you won’t know you’re not eating all lobster (whaaaaaat?). The difference between my lobster rolls and a traditional roll is the cheese sauce. It makes for a more decadent dish.

If you’re trying to keep things low carb, this recipe is fantastic without the bread, too! Spoon the lobster and the sauce over salad or in a lettuce cup – it’s also divine over zoodles or cauliflower rice! You can also make this as an easy lobster pasta by spooning the sauce over pasta or even rice.

Budget-Friendly Lobster Rolls


  • 1/4 lb. fresh lobster meat
  • 2 cans of Albacore tuna (I used the one canned in water instead of oil)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp. of butter
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. fresh diced garlic
  • 3 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped thyme
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chives or green onion, to garnish


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add chopped garlic and let the mixture come to a simmer. Let simmer for approximately 3 minutes on medium heat (don’t let the garlic burn). Add flour and whisk together until it starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat, add the cheese and mix together. Now it will really begin to thicken!
  4. Whisk in the milk. Add more if you find it too thick for your taste.
  5. Add the remaining herbs and mix well.
  6.  Add your lobster meat and tuna.
  7. Serve in your favorite style of roll (I used brioche buns) and enjoy!

Budget-Friendly Lobster Rolls

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Lauren Schulte
Posted by: Lauren Schulte
This is the place where I share simple and quality recipes that readers can easily make at home. I’m cooking up some fun in the kitchen in a really delicious way!

Well hello there! I’m Lauren “just a girl from Cleveland” and I really love food! I started cooking at age 6 when I put a half cup of baking soda into a batch of cookies instead of a half teaspoon. Because…what’s the worst that could happen, right? The cookies were a spectacular fail and it got me interested in cooking.

I’m a family taught cook and I say that instead of “self-taught” because it was with my family where I developed my love for cooking. Anyone can achieve what they want and they don’t have to follow the traditional path to do it. Thanks to the wonderful internet world I’ve been able to pursue my dream of cooking, all while staying at home. Sometimes it seems like a lot, but like I said, I just love food! And I love sharing that love with others.

Obviously food is my greatest passion in life, but I suppose there is a little more to me than just food. I am a fur-mama to two wonderful rescue pups, Herbie and Nelly and, our cat Grayson, who are all part of The Bite Size Pantry household. They love to follow me around in the kitchen and make the cleanup process a whole lot simpler. Simplicity is the main part of all my recipes, quick and simple meals with a creative uniqueness. And my mission in the kitchen is to make food, fun, accessible and simple for all.

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