New England Style Shrimp Rolls

New England Style Shrimp Roll with chips

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of…jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn’t get any better.

*Today I’m partnering with Marina Del Rey Foods ~ Marina Del Rey sells top quality wild, responsibly caught, frozen seafood.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

these meaty shrimp rolls have a sweet taste that resembles lobster

The first time I tasted Marina Del Rey Wild Caught Argentine Red Shrimp I got a flashback to the amazing lobster rolls I enjoyed every summer on the coast of Maine. If you’ve ever spent any time in New England you’ll know all about lobster rolls. People look forward to them for months, and they’ll drive all day and all night just to satisfy their craving.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

the secret to great shrimp rolls

You don’t want to overwhelm the delicate flavor or texture with lots of extras. Purists will tell you that the classic New England roll is done in one of two ways ~ dressed with drawn butter, or with mayo ~ that is, with nothing else to interfere with the enjoyment of the pure shellfish. Today I’m going the mayo route, but I’ll jazz it up a little bit ~ I can’t help myself.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

frozen shrimp makes summer shrimp rolls so convenient

I love this meal because I don’t have to think very far in advance to get it on the table. Marina Del Rey shrimp is already peeled and deveined! Fresh shrimp only lasts a day or two, but I can have shrimp at the ready in my freezer for a month or more. And frozen shrimp is often ‘fresher’ than the so called fresh shrimp in your supermarket. It has been flash frozen right on the boats, and stays that way, while ‘fresh’ shrimp has been thawed, and you can’t be sure how long it’s been hanging around.

how to thaw frozen shrimp

  • method #1: Put your shrimp in a colander and run cool water over it until thawed, this will take just a few minutes, depending on how much shrimp you are thawing.
  • method #2: Place your shrimp in a bowl of cold water and let sit for 5-10 minutes. You can also place your shrimp in a zip lock bag first, before immersing in water.
New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

how to cook frozen shrimp for shrimp salad

  • I just put my thawed shrimp into the steamer insert of my big stockpot and add just enough water to come up to the holes of the basket.
  • Then I bring it to a boil, let it steam for a minute or two until the shrimp have started to curl and turn opaque, then shut off the heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. The shrimp are perfectly tender and delicious.
  • You could also saute them in butter for a more decadent flavor, but either way it takes just minutes.

TIP: Pat the shrimp dry before you add them to the bowl. Excess moisture will make the dressing watery.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

how to make a classic shrimp roll

1. I want to have nice chunky pieces of shrimp for my rolls, so I only cut them in half for this recipe. Easy peasy. If your shrimp is larger, cut them in a large dice. Make sure they’re nice and dry.

2. Toss the shrimp in a simple dressing: mine is just mayo, onion, celery, and lemon juice with a little salt and pepper.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

3. The next step, and it’s an important one ~ is to brush your rolls with melted butter and then grill or toast them. That buttery crunch of the toasted roll is a big part of the magic of this dish, so don’t skip this step!

TIP: Use top split buns for a great shrimp roll. Don’t ask me why, you just do, it’s tradition. But as you can see I couldn’t find any around here, so I went with a regular hot dog bun. Still great.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

4. Then stuff ~ and I do mean stuff ~ your bun with the shrimp salad.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

5. Add chips, dill pickles and a wedge of lemon. You’re set.

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

The ‘thing’ about New England shellfish rolls is their simplicity.

So for this salad I’m going for the absolute minimum, the basics, like good mayo, some finely minced onion and celery, a squeeze of lemon, a good handful of snipped chives, salt and pepper, and that’s it. Could you get more creative? Sure, check out my ‘Make it your own’ suggestions under the recipe. But I suggest making the classic shrimp rolls before you mess with perfection 😉

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

Why choose wild?

  • Wild shrimp is not farmed, it thrives in its natural habitat ~ the pure ice cold waters off the coast of Argentina, free from chemicals and pollutants.
  • Wild shrimp eat their natural diet, with no added hormones or color.
  • Wild caught shrimp actually has lower levels of sodium than farmed shrimp.
  • The pink hue is the result of the same pigments that color flamingos, salmon, lobster, and carrots
New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

Cole slaw is a classic New England accompaniment to shrimp rolls.

Any of mine from the blog would work perfectly, I’d suggest my Vidalia onion slaw, (remember you can use any sweet onion for this) my red cabbage and dill slaw, or, if you like a little kick, my classic vinegar slaw. Line your buns with the slaw before loading up with shrimp salad, or serve it on the side.

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New England Style Shrimp Roll

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff summer memories are made of…jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ lunch doesn't get any better!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 502kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen wild caught shrimp
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

garnish

  • paprika or Old Bay seasoning
  • snipped chives

Instructions

  • Thaw the shrimp under cool running water for a few minutes until softened, and then steam it or saute it just until cooked through. Let cool then give them a rough chop.
  • Put the shrimp in a bowl and toss with the mayo, onions, celery, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Taste the salad to adjust any of the seasonings. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Melt the butter and brush onto the open buns. Grill for a few minutes until toasty.
  • Serve the shrimp salad in toasted buns, topped with a sprinkle of paprika or Old Bay, and some snipped chives.

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 320mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • To cut the fat in these New England style shrimp rolls use low fat mayo, or half Greek yogurt and half mayo.
  • For an extra kick, top with pickled jalapeños.
  • For a low carb option line small bowls or glasses with lettuce and or diced avocado, and then spoon the shrimp salad over top.
New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of...jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn't get any better.

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  • Reply
    Leslye Dedopoulos
    June 12, 2021 at 9:44 am

    After reading this, now I have a hankering to go to the Ice House on The Great Island. I guess I know what I’m doing for dinner tonight! 🙂

  • Reply
    Carol L.
    June 12, 2021 at 8:04 am

    This looks delicious. Where can I find the shrimp? I couldn’t find a product locator.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

      I believe it’s available at Walmart and Sam’s Club, but I’m checking on that for you Carol.

  • Reply
    Kay
    January 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy! Added Old Bay to the mayo mixture and used onion powder instead of minced onion (being lazy), served the rolls while the filling was still warm- it was so good! Definitely adding this to the rotation thank you!

    • Reply
      Andrew Stone
      September 27, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      5 stars
      Trader Joe’s is where we purchase our wild Argentine shrimp. I have been making this for years and the family can not get enough. Hint—- use Old Bay!

  • Reply
    Pat
    August 24, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and used ciabatta rolls from Costco and subbed cucumber because I didn’t have celery. Served with fresh from the farmer’s market corn on the cob! Fabulous dinner, my husband loved it especially on a day in the mid 90’s. I put the buttered rolls under the broiler for a few minutes to toast.

  • Reply
    Debbie
    June 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    5 stars
    We made these tonight and added some fresh dill – Yum!

  • Reply
    Ken
    April 25, 2019 at 8:37 am

    5 stars
    Shrimp rolls are probably my favorite sandwich…anytime of year. I like the simplicity of this recipe, but I do have a couple questions: do you season the shrimp before you steam or saute them, or is the final dash of salt and pepper enough to bring out the shrimp flavor? Also, do you have an onion preference for this recipe? Yellow, Sweet, White, Red, Green…? I know that white onions have a slightly sharper bite, but I didn’t know if that would overwhelm the flavor. Oh, and one other thing, I have both regular and smoked paprika. Do you think the smoky flavor would add to or detract from the taste? Sorry for all the questions. I’m going to have company over on the weekend, and I figured I’d make a huge batch of these.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 25, 2019 at 9:33 am

      I don’t season the shrimp beforehand, but there’s no reason not to if you like, especially if you’re sautéing. I like yellow onions, generally, and that’s what I mean if I don’t specify another type. Sweet paprika would be traditional, but I happen to love the smoked stuff, so I would use that. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Angelina
    November 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

    My family & I are originally from CT. We lived about an hour’s drive from the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean coast, and spent every summer weekend at our cottage in “Old Saybrook”. These Shrimp Rolls are (almost) how they were made there. There, they used “New England Style Hot Dog Buns” which were lightly buttered & toasted on each side, before filling them with that glorious shrimp mixture. The Shrimp Rolls were topped with a small sprinkle of Celery Salt when serving them, with a side of FFs & Cole Slaw. Also, Lobster Rolls were prepared in much the same way.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 23, 2017 at 8:41 am

      You’re making my mouth water Angelina.

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