Connecticut-Style Shrimp Rolls

Connecticut-Style Shrimp Rolls

This speedy seafood dish tucks butter-poached shrimp into warm toasted buns, reminiscent of summer and decadent lobster rolls. The butter sauce is lightly infused with garlic, and a final shower of chives brings mild and fresh onion notes that brighten the rich sauce. Allow the shrimp to simmer in the skillet slowly for the most tender, juicy results. Although chives are a classic choice, dill, parsley, tarragon or basil are all great options.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

     In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium. Add buns and toast the two outer flat sides until golden, about 1 minute per side; transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet.
  2. Step 2

    Add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and reduce heat to low. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and stir constantly until melted; repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all of the butter is incorporated. 
  3. Step 3

    Stir in garlic, then add shrimp in an even layer and season with salt. Increase heat to medium-low and cook, without stirring, until shrimp turn opaque around the edges, about 3 minutes; reduce heat to low if butter starts to bubble too vigorously. (It should stay at a very low simmer.) Flip shrimp and cook until opaque throughout and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Turn off heat and stir in chives.
  4. Step 4

    Divide shrimp among toasted buns and drizzle the butter sauce on top. Serve warm, with lemon wedges for squeezing over the shrimp.