Classic Shrimp Rolls

This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a…

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This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a warm, toasted bun.

Shrimp Roll

Who doesn’t love a lobster roll? They’re a pinnacle of deliciousness: that savory, creamy tender filling encased by a warm, buttery bun. Here in the Midwest though, lobster is a bit of a delicacy. So we wondered…why not make it with shrimp? Introducing…the Shrimp Roll! It takes all the goodness of a lobster roll and makes it with more economical, easy to find shrimp. We served it for a dinner party with corn on the cob and watermelon sorbet, and everyone raved.

Ingredients in a shrimp roll

Researching this recipe, we found that the filling for a shrimp roll is actually a shrimp salad. Not a green salad, mind you: the 1950’s mayo-based salad that’s more familiar with tuna or egg. It’s got crunchy veggies, mayo and just the right amount of savory, creamy sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shrimp
  • Celery
  • Green onions
  • Chopped chives or dill
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Old Bay
  • Salt and pepper
Shrimp Roll recipe

The key: a butter-toasted split top bun

What makes a shrimp roll? The warm, buttery toasted bun. Do not skip the step! We were curious and tried it in a plain old bun. Don’t waste your time on it, folks. It doesn’t taste like a shrimp roll. Here’s what you’ll need to pull this off:

  • Grab split top hot dog buns. Split top buns are loaded from the top down, and are customary in a lobster roll. You’ll need them to make a killer shrimp roll recipe!
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the buns cut-side down into the skillet and cook for 20 to 30 seconds until browned.
  • Flip the buns. Then flip and continue frying about 10 to 15 seconds on the other side. They come out beautifully buttery and toasted. Perfection!

This shrimp roll recipe makes 6 to 8 sandwiches

Most of our recipes here at A Couple Cooks are for 4 servings. But this shrimp roll recipe is so good, we like making it serve 6 to 8 sandwiches. Here’s why you may want to make a big batch:

  • The shrimp rolls are so good, you may want to eat two. Or you can eat the extra filling without a bun. That’s what we did at our dinner party!
  • Leftovers also save well. Extra filling lasts up to 3 days refrigerated.
Shrimp Roll

Boil the shrimp, or it’s ideal for leftover cooked

You can use fresh shrimp for this shrimp roll recipe, or it’s actually a great use for leftover cooked shrimp! Boiling is the quickest method to get from raw shrimp to cold shrimp, but you can use whatever cooking method you like.

  • Boil the shrimp for 2 minutes, then remove to an ice bath. The ice bath stops the cooking immediately, and gets the shrimp cooled down and ready for the salad.
  • Or, use leftover cooked shrimp. This is actually a great use for shrimp leftovers, which can be unappetizing on their own. Got leftover shrimp cocktail? Make shrimp rolls!

The secret spice? Old Bay

One last thing about this shrimp roll recipe. It’s nice to use this secret seasoning if you have it. Old Bay! It’s not required, but Old Bay is a seasoning blend that’s traditionally used in New England seafood recipes (like a shrimp boil). We added a hint of it to this recipe, and rounded it out perfectly.

Where to find Old Bay? In the US, you can find Old Bay in your grocery store in the spices aisle. Or, you can buy Old Bay online or make homemade Old Bay!

Shrimp roll recipe

More shrimp recipes

Love shrimp? (Us too.) Here are a few more tasty recipes to add to your repertoire:

This shrimp roll recipe is…

Pescatarian and dairy free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free buns.

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Shrimp Roll


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8

Description

This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a warm, toasted bun.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound medium or small shrimp, peeled and deveined*
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or dill
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 split top hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for dairy free)

Instructions

  1. Boil the shrimp: Boil 2 quarts of water, seasoned with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Add the shrimp and cook about 2 minutes (more or less time depending on size of shrimp), until bright pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and place it directly into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  2. Chop the shrimp: Remove the shrimp from the ice bath with a slotted spoon. Pat the shrimp dry with a few paper towels as you place them onto the cutting board. Then chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Make the filling: Finely mince the celery and thinly slice the green onions. Finely chop the chives. Stir together the chopped shrimp with the celery, green onion, chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Old Bay, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Toast the buns: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the buns cut-side down into the skillet and cook for 20 to 30 seconds until browned. Then flip and continue frying about 10 to 15 seconds on the other side.
  5. Serve: Place the shrimp filling into the buns and serve. Leftover filling keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 

Notes

*You can also use leftover cooked shrimp for this recipe: it’s an ideal use!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce. Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think). Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted! To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods: Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the […]

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Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.

Portobello mushroom burger

Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think).

Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted!

To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods:

  • Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the grates.
  • Roasted portobello burger: You need only 15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit to roast up your mushrooms! Make sure to drain the extra liquid. Sometimes we like to add a few shakes of liquid smoke before roasting to emulate a grilled flavor. Just be careful not to overdo it!
Grilled portobello mushrooms

Two important things to know about portbello burgers

The key to the perfect portobello mushroom burger is the toppings. An important thing to keep in mind: portobello mushrooms have a soft texture. Sometimes they can get a little lost in the bun. This is why the toppings are so important. They add contrasting textures to make for a satisfying sandwich.

Another thing: portobello mushrooms are not filling! Because you’re using them in place of a protein, you’d think that they’d be just as filling as burger. Nope! A portobello mushroom burger is not filling unless you add toppings that have some protein. That’s why we like to load ours with cheese…

Portobello burger

Load on toppings to add texture and keep it filling!

With those two things in mind, you can construct a portobello mushroom burger that has texture and is filing! Here are the toppings that we chose — but of course, you can get creative and use whatever you’d like:

  • Lots of cheese! To keep it filling, we like to add lots of cheese (two slices). Substitute your favorite vegan cheese for a plant-based sandwich.
  • Crunchy veggies: Lettuce and red onion help to add texture and crunch
  • Tomato: Because it’s just good.
  • Sauces: It’s also important to add some great sauces to amp the flavor. We like adding Basil Pesto because it’s garlicky (optional), and then of course our Special Burger Sauce that’s super tangy, creamy and savory all at once.
Burger sauce

Top with special sauce

This Special Burger Sauce we created just for these portobello mushroom burgers! Veggie burgers in particular need good sauces, because they can be dry or bland without them. This burger sauce is like all your favorite burger condiments in one, and tastes a little like a Big Mac sauce. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Organic ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard (either yellow or Dijon)
  • Pickle juice
  • Hot sauce
Portobello mushroom burger

Make it a meal! What to serve with portobello mushroom burgers

These portobello mushroom burgers are a great vegetarian or vegan dinner idea! There are lots of sides that go well with burgers: here are some of our favorites:

This portobello mushroom burger recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use vegan cheese or omit and load with other toppings!

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Portobello mushroom burger

Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.


Ingredients

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices provolone or sharp cheddar cheese (or substitute vegan cheese)
  • For serving: Buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Basil Pesto (optional), Special Burger Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) or preheat an oven to 450 degrees*.
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems. Place them on a baking sheet gill side up. Drizzle the tops the olive oil and use your hands to rub on the bottoms. Then place them back on the sheet gill side up and sprinkle with garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt and several grinds of black pepper. Rub them until evenly coated.
  3. For the grilled method: Place the mushrooms directly on the grates gill side up, and grill 10 to 14 minutes until tender and juicy. Liquid will pool in the cap. Flip the mushrooms (this drains the liquid into the grates). Then top with the add cheese slices and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. Tip: Step up your burger and grill the burger buns for about 1 minute on one side until lightly toasted!
  4. For the roasted method: Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes until tender. Drain of any excess liquid, then top with cheese and roast another 1 minute until the cheese melts.
  5. Serve: Place the mushrooms on buns. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, basil pesto (optional), and Special Burger Sauce.

Notes

*If you want to infuse a little smoky flavor to the roasted version, add a few shakes of liquid smoke to each mushroom (it’s potent, so don’t overdo it).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled or Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

More great veggie burgers

There are lots of other great ways to make a veggie burger! Try them all:

  • Best Veggie Burger This mouthwatering veggie burger is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! It’s truly the best you’ll find.
  • Best Chickpea Burgers A hugely satisfying plant-based dinner! Here they’re painted with BBQ and served topped with vegan bacon and spicy mayo.
  • Black Bean Burger Bursting with flavor! Gluten free and topped with spicy mayo & sprouts.
  • Falafel Burger Easy to make and healthier than traditional falafel! Serve with or without a bun, topped with any sauce you like.

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Hot Cross Buns

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