This post was originally published June 2015 and has been updated on June 24, 2020. Our version of a lobster roll, veganized! Spicy, bursting with flavor and super quick and easy to make.
When my son was 9 years old, he was totally obsessed with bacon. And I'm sure most people would think that's totally normal, except... my son has never had real bacon in his life. Tempeh and soy-based, yes. But real, animal-sourced bacon, never.
So I'm not quite sure who to blame for this obsession. TV commercials, Guy Fiery and his Triple D show, YouTube... It doesn't matter, really. As long as I have an alternative that makes him happy, it's all good. After all, he's never had "the real thing" so, in my opinion, he's not really missing out on anything.
That's an argument I have with my non-vegetarian friends all the time. Whenever we talk about food, they often bring up all the things I'm missing out on because of my dietary restrictions. Particularly when it comes to two things: bacon (which, honestly, I don't think I would eat even if I could!) and shellfish (lobster being one of the main things).
And I always have to "defend" myself using the same argument: can you really miss something you've never had???
In my opinion, no, you cannot.
So if you find an equally delicious and satisfying alternative that follows your dietary guidelines, why not go for it?! As long as you're enjoying it, who cares!
Perfect example, right here: a vegan "lobster" roll. Is it lobster? No. Does it taste like lobster? We have no idea. Kinda looks like it, but I highly doubt it. What I do know, however, is that it is DELICIOUS! Creamy, buttery, salty and messy. And the recipe?? Super EASY. Works for me!!
Hope it works for you, too 😉
How to Make a Vegan Lobster Roll
Choose large hearts of palm, preferably from a jar instead of a can. They tend to be larger and more tender
Roll the hearts of palm into Old bay Seasoning and sweet paprika (scroll down to the recipe for amounts)
Slice the spiced hearts of palm
Make the mayo-based sauce.
Add the spiced hearts of palm (AKA vegan lobster)
Mix gently to combine
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Vegan Lobster Roll Recipe
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
Our version of a lobster roll, veganized! Spicy, bursting with flavor and super quick and easy to make.
- 1 tbsp sweet paprika
- ½ tbsp Old Bay seasoning (See Note 1)
- 3 large hearts of palm
- 3 tbsp plain vegan mayo
- Sriracha to taste (depending on how spicy you like it), we used 1 teaspoon.
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chopped dill
- ½ tbsp capers, well drained (or to taste)
- 2 whole wheat hot dog buns
- Combine the sweet paprika and Old Bay on a medium side plate
- Roll each heart of palm on the spice mix until completely coated
- Cut each heart of palm into ½ inch pieces (you'll get about 5 pieces per heart) and set aside
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together the vegan mayo, sriracha, lemon juice, dill and capers. Add the hearts of palm and mix gently
- Fill each roll with the mixture right before serving
- You can change the paprika/Old Bay ratio depending on how spicy you want it!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Category: Sandwich
- Method: no cook
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 vegan lobster roll
- Calories: 243
- Sugar: 3.7
- Sodium: 677
- Fat: 10
- Saturated Fat: 1.2
- Unsaturated Fat: 7
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 29
- Fiber: 5,2
- Protein: 10
- Cholesterol: 0
judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog says
I just went to a convention in Maryland, and guess what they gave us in our goody bag- old bay seasoning which is manufactured there. I have never used it in my life and wondered what a "vegetarian" would do with it. Gotta try your recipe- It looks delicious .
Vicky & Ruth says
Thank you Judee! Now you have an excuse to use it!! It's pretty spicy though, so test it first 🙂
Farha - faskitchen says
Looks delicious.. As good as any meaty roll... im having water in my mouth..
Florian @ContentednessCooking says
This looks amazing, love the flavors!
Vicky & Ruth says
Thank you so much!! This sandwich definitely packs a punch and is perfect for summer 🙂
What an awesome recipe Vicky and Ruth. It has so much flavor! The best Vegan lobster Roll Recipe
I brought some vegan Foix gras for Christmas and it was nothing like the animal one (I’ve had that).
So to cut discussions short I said to just taste it as cajou and see.
I really believe that it’s best to also forget animal names for our food when it’s vegan, it would cut the dumb discussions.
I am sure of your dish’s taste as everything you make is so good.
I will buy palm heart when I see it to make this. Thank you
I love your comment on renaming to cut the DUMB discussions.
I refuse to explain my eating to friends - I eat what agrees with my body my MIND is part of my body.
Here's to healthy eating to FEED mind - body- siul
Hi, apparently, by the comments, people like it. I guess I have eaten too many real lobster rolls, but I can't get my head around this or my tastebuds. But, hey, good for those who can. This is just my opinion. Don't worry trying to please everyone.
This recipe was easy to make although a bit spicy for me, but perfect for my husband. Instead of rolls, I made lettuce wraps
Great idea Cindy, even healthier!
Like Cindy, I offered a variety of greens to my luncheon guests to make wraps. Bread is not my guests or my friend. Thanks for sharing your creative vegan/vegetarian recipes with us to provide a variety of quality nutritious food for those self-partnered, couples and guests and those with families.