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A vegan lobster roll held in two hands.

Vegan Lobster Roll

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  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 rolls
  • Diet: Vegan


Looking for a plant-based twist on a summer classic? This vegan lobster roll uses hearts of palm to mimic the tender, briny texture of traditional seafood. Seasoned with Old Bay and served in a buttery bun, it’s the ultimate vegan indulgence for sunny days. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, or a laid-back lunch, this recipe brings the taste of the ocean to your table, no fish required.


for the vegan lobster

  • 2, 14.1-oz. can of hearts of palm, coarsely chopped, rinsed and soaked in cold water for 20 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 stalk celery, mandolined or finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons capers

to serve

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 24 tablspoons vegan butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • lemon wedges


to prepare the vegan lobster

  1. Drain the hearts of palm, taking care not to crush or mush them.
  2. Combine the next 6 dried spices in a small bowl, then season the drained hearts of palm, tossing to coat evenly.
  3. Place into an air fryer set at 400 for 10-12 minutes, giving them a shake once or twice and checking them towards the end to ensure they don’t brown.
  4. If you don’t have an air fryer, preheat your oven to 400 and place the seasoned hearts of palm on a silpat-lined baking sheet for 20-30 minutes. stirring two or three times. They are done when they show the first signs of a slight golden color around the edges. Don’t let them brown all over.
  5. Transfer the hearts of palm to a bowl and toss gently with the remaining 4 ingredients and place into the refrigerator to chill completely. Or, you can also serve it while still warm.

to serve

  1. When ready to serve, preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Brush both sides of a hot dog bun with the butter and toast face down until it’s nice and golden.
  2. Spoon the desired amount of hearts of palm into the toasted buns and garnish with the fresh chives and dill. Serve with lemon wedges and an extra sprinkle of salt, if desired.


Storage Tips

Refrigeration: Store leftover vegan lobster rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep the filling and buns separate to prevent the buns from getting soggy.

Preparation in Advance: You can prepare the hearts of palm mixture up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Assemble the rolls just before serving for the best texture and flavor.

Prep Tips:

Quick Chilling: If you’re short on time, speed up the chilling time for the hearts of palm mixture by spreading it out on a baking sheet and placing it in the refrigerator. This allows the mixture to cool evenly and rapidly.

Make It Sparkle: Add a sprinkle of smoked paprika or nori flakes on top of the assembled rolls for an extra layer of flavor and a touch of visual appeal.

Toasting Trick: Use a garlic-infused vegan butter or garlic confit when toasting the buns for an extra layer of savory goodness.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Baked, Air Fried
  • Cuisine: American