The ramen lobster roll, because summer's not over yet

Published On 08/21/2014 Published On 08/21/2014
Ramen Lobster Roll — Thrillist Recipes
Drew Swantak
Drew Swantak

Ramen Lobster Roll Recipe

Total Time:  2 hours
Yield:  1 roll


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages instant ramen, noodles only
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash Tabasco hot sauce
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 4 ounces cooked lobster meat
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced celery


  • Bring 2 quarts of water and salt to a boil. Add noodles and cook until noodles separate but aren't completely soft, about 2 minutes.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the egg, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and potato starch in a small bowl. Spread a 2-foot-long sheet of plastic wrap on the counter, with a long side near you.
  • Drain noodles and add to egg mixture. Using tongs, gently toss the noodles to coat them.
  • Transfer to the plastic wrap and let cool enough to touch. Gather noodles into a pile in the center. Pull the bottom of the wrap up and over the ramen and compress into a loaf (like you’re making a fat sushi roll). It should be 3 inches thick. Once rolled up, twist one end tight while pushing air out toward the open end. Mash and mold the noodles until the loaf is 6 inches long. Twist the other end shut to compress and tuck both ends underneath the loaf [SEE PHOTOS BELOW]. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, water, mustard, and hot sauce. Salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate along with the noodles.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray it with cooking oil.
    Remove noodles from the plastic wrap. Slice a narrow "V" lengthwise down the center, making sure not to cut through to the bottom. Gently remove the noodles that were cut. Transfer bun to baking sheet and bake until noodles start to crisp up, 20 minutes. 
  • Combine lobster and celery with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate while the bun bakes.
  • Remove bun from oven and brush remaining butter (you may need to re-melt it) all over. Return to oven and bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.
  • Let the bun cool for 5 minutes before stuffing it with lobster salad.
Drew Swantak
Drew Swantak
Drew Swantak
Drew Swantak