Easy and Elevated Vegan Lobster Rolls
I have a confession. I have never had a lobster roll from a real, live lobster. I became vegetarian (therefore fish-free) when I was five, so it’s not that surprising I have no idea what a “traditional” lobster tastes like, besides, lobster rolls were hardly on the menu in the 80’s in South Florida. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been intrigued with the idea of making a vegan lobster roll, I do love “bay flavor” with a touch of smoked paprika and celery things on rolls, and any excuse to use fresh dill.
With just a few simple ingredients like vegan mayo, chopped hearts of palm, bay seasoning, lemon juice, and some herbs and veggies, you can swap a traditional lobster roll for a fancy plant-based heart of palm lobster with much less effort (and cruelty)!
Usually, lobster salad is paired with, well, a roll. The simplest way to prepare a lobster roll is by stuffing lobster salad into a hot dog bun and calling it a day. Instead of going this way (which you totally can and still wind up with a quick and delicious vegan lobster roll), I decided to make “cups” out of pastry dough, which wound up feeling like a total elevation when plated. It also was a great balance of textures between the vegan lobster meat and the “roll”. If you add some melted vegan butter when the “cups” are still warm, it’s irresistible.
This is a great meal to make if you want something quick, delicious, and impressive. You don’t need any special tools, just a large bowl, your ingredients, and a circle cut out that’s oven-friendly (like a cookie cutter or oven-safe bowl). This is also a great meal for people who work at home or cook on the weekend. You can prep in the morning (15 minutes tops) and plate in the afternoon (15 minutes tops).
One ingredient that may be new to you is heart of palm. Though it may seem exotic and hard to find, it’s been increasingly easier to find. You can usually find it with the canned and jar food. You want to buy the kind packed in water and unseasoned. They come in tubular strips you will need to roughly chop up. You don’t need to cook them or do anything to them, which is part of the magic that makes this meal quick and easy.
Another thing you may not be familiar with is Old Bay seasoning. This would be the quickest route to achieving the typical lobster roll seasoning goal. I happen to make my own “bay” seasoning because it’s not available where I live and it’s a very quick, cheap, and easy vegan recipe. Feel free to do whatever works for you.
For this recipe, I use a premade vegan pastry sheet. They usually have a cook time of under 10 minutes. These are often found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, rolled up. There are a ton of vegan options, but check the ingredient list to make sure there is no milk or egg.
Are you ready to get started?
First, turn on your oven according to your pastry sheet instructions.
As you can see, you don’t need a lot to make this meal. When you open up your heart of palm, make sure none of the pieces are too tough. They will not work in this recipe if they are hard to chop. You are going to chop the pieces roughly, keeping some full circles, and chopping others smaller. You will want to pat them dry and transfer them to your bowl.
Add the dill, bay seasoning, lemon juice, mayo, and dill, and gently mix until well blended. Transfer to the fridge for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
While the vegan lobster is marinating, you can make your pastry cups. When you unroll your pastry sheet, cut it length-wise, as pictured. Take one half and wrap it around your circle cut out. I am deliberately “sloppy” and dramatic when I do this. It makes for a more beautiful shape once it’s baked through. It is important that your oven is preheated in order to achieve this “sculptural effect” successfully. If you put it in too early, it will kinda meltdown a bit and now have so much flair. Once fully baked, I like to brush with a little butter and sprinkle dill on the dough cup. After the cup is fully cooled off, it’s ready to fill with your vegan lobster salad and garnish!
Easy and impressive twist on a traditional lobster roll.
- 1 tbsp bay seasoning
- 1 tsp dill (extra pinch for garnish)
- 2 tbsp vegan mayo
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 can of heart of palm
- 1 refrigerated roll of vegan pastry sheet
- parsley for garnish
- preheat your oven according to package
- prepare the heart of palm by roughly chopping it, set aside
- in a large bowl combine the vegan mayo, lemon juice and spices and mix well
- marry the heart of palm with the mayo mix and set in fridge covered to marinate while you prepare the dough cups
- unroll your vegan pastry sheet
- cut it in half, legnthwise
- use an overproof round form and wrap your dough around it to make a cup. see photos abouve for detailed instructions.
- bake your cups according to packaging.
- remove yoru cups from the oven and let cool completely and remove the forms..
- scoop cooled and marinated vegan lobster into the cup
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