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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.
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
- Melt butter in a saucepan.
- 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.
- Remove from heat, add the cheese and mix together. Now it will really begin to thicken!
- Whisk in the milk. Add more if you find it too thick for your taste.
- Add the remaining herbs and mix well.
- Add your lobster meat and tuna.
- Serve in your favorite style of roll (I used brioche buns) and enjoy!