Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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When I was in Minneapolis last month, I went to Marquette Street around the corner from my hotel and stood with my mouth gaping open at the food trucks. We have them in Seattle, but nothing like this. I mean there were like 20 of them and the lines were absolutely insane. I kept my mouth open, (with only the slightest amount of drool) and walked around in a stupor wanting to take in what every truck was offering so that I could ensure that I got the best sounding thing.


Well that proved impossible, because pretty much everything sounded like the best thing I have ever heard of. Plus I didn’t want to embaress myself with like 5 different bags, and more importantly I only have so much room in this tummy, elastic waistband or not. One of the things that I wanted that I had to wistfully leave behind was the ultra enticing Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I have not really stopped thinking about it since.


On the 4th we grilled all kinds of stuff, little lobster tails included. There were two little tails somehow left over and I knew what I had to do with them. I’m totally sure you all have “left over” lobster tails lying around your fridge, right? No? Not so much? Well if you wanted to treat yourself to a luxurious sandwich I actually found that lobsters are far less inexpensive than shrimp right now (at 6.99 a lb) so this is the time to do it!


Purely indulgent and finger smacking good, the fresh lobster balances with the melting fontina and the flavorful compound butter and the fragrant flat leaf parsley make the whole sandwich golden and perfect. Enjoy!

Recipe: Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 2 small lobster tails, (about ¾ ounce each) grilled or poached
  • 3 tablespoon compound butter
  • 2 soft buns (like hoagie style), sliced almost all the way through horizontally
  • 4 slices fontina or white cheddar cheese
  • Compound Butter
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt


  1. Remove the meat from the cooked lobster tail, discard the shell.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients of the compound butter until they are well combined.
  3. Spread ½ a tablespoon of butter over the insides of each bun. Reserve the remaining 2 tablespoons.
  4. On the insides of the buttered bread layer the meat of the lobster and the fontina cheese.
  5. Melt the remaining butter in a non-stick pan and cook the sandwiches over low heat until they are golden brown on both sides and the cheese has melted.
  6. Slice each sandwich in half and serve hot.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 8 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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  1. Corinne B. says:

    Can’t wait to try. Lovely for a hot summer dinner.

  2. Heather, this looks amazing! Such a great, summer sandwich!

  3. Tieghan says:

    YES!! I actually went to buy lobster yesterday, but it was 10 dollars a tail! I could not do it, but it made me so sad. I have 2 lobster meals planned!!
    Now I see these and am really wishing I would have just bought those things!! These look incredible!

    • Oh shoot Teighan!! They must just be a great price in Seattle right now. Or you have to look at it relative to shrimp. Once I made that comparison it felt slightly easier to loosen my wallet!

  4. oh my goodness – this looks ridiculously amazing and indulgent!! i love all that gooey cheese!

  5. Sounds very decadent. My lobster loving little momma is in for a big treat when I next visit her. :)

  6. Holy yum, this looks like heaven!!

  7. I LOVE what you do to me.

  8. Maria says:

    Now this is a grilled cheese!

  9. Amanda says:

    OH my stinking heck… you were in Minneapolis?!?! And I didnt visit you??? I live less than an hour from Minneapolis. BUMMER!!!
    This sandwich looks amazing and I am totally drooling. I wish I could have one… :)

    • WHAT!!!???? I had NO IDEA Amanda!! I was thinking you were a lot further than that! I was there for a couple days doing signings and cooking classes (beautiful part of the country). I will come find you when you do your tour!

  10. I die!!

    We’re headed to PEI and Nova Scotia in 2 weeks. I fully intend to stuff myself with lobster. ;)

  11. K says:

    Wow!! Spectacular. I love lobster & I love a good grilled cheese! And maybe I should be buying lobster instead of the $27.00 a pound King salmon I just bought the other day!! Lobster’s a steal in comparison ;-)

    • Seriously Kristin!! I mean $30 a pound is outrageous, right!? I feel like I might as well go eat it at Canlis for that price! Met Market has had them for 6.99 the last 10 days. I think even when not on sale they are maybe $9?

      • K says:

        $30 a pound for salmon is outrageous, I agree! Might need to send the resident fisherman out on the boat with his fishin’ pole to catch some local at those prices. The Canlis thought did cross my mind too! haha! Met Market lobster here we come!

  12. Jenny Flake says:

    I could not be left alone with this sammy, lol! Amazing!!

  13. Rejoice! Oh, thank god I can eat lobster again. I had an allergy as a kid and it was just about the worst thing ever. I wanna sink my chompers into these scrumptious sandwiches!

  14. How I love lobster…let me count the ways….Yum!!!

  15. cassie says:

    Pure genius, Heather! I love the butter.

  16. Could it be? Heaven in a sandwich?! I Must make this asap!

  17. Edwing G. says:

    Looks delicious!! By the way, I think you mean less expensive instead of “less inexpensive”.

  18. naomi says:

    this sounds amazing!

  19. marla says:

    Elegance and comfort food combined! Genius!

  20. Instead of a fancy summer entree, I’m sure if you served these at a dinner party your guests would go wild! This sandwich and a cool, crisp iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese dressing would be my idea of the perfect summer dinner.

    • OMG Kelley- what a great idea!! I SHOULD serve these at my next party!

  21. Gaby says:

    beyond obsessed with this

  22. Lobster? There is beauty in everything and this looks beautiful.

  23. Bill says:

    This might just be the most perfect sandwich I’ve ever seen! I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks. Thanks for a great post!

  24. Nom nom!! Amazing!!

  25. With restraint to reserve 2 tails, these babies deserve to be eaten with gusto. Gorgeous and I am savoring badly right now. Even at midnight you inspire.

  26. Toodie says:

    Oh my heck, I NEEEEEEED to have one of these!!!!! Now! That just looks so decadently delicious.

  27. Miranda says:

    Oh. My. God. These were so amazing, thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! My boyfriend and I made these with sourdough bread and added tomato and avocado. Absolutely amazing!

    • Miranda- thank you so much for telling me that you made these- I love that you loved them!!Um, the addition of tomato and avocado was brilliant!

  28. Maria says:

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches and Josh will love the addition of the lobster!