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Shrimp Salad Rolls

Shrimp Salad for Sandwiches – This easy New England-style recipe makes the best shrimp salad wherever you live, perfect for loading into buttery buns to enjoy as authentic shrimp rolls.

close view buttered roll with shrimp salad

When you want to bring a splash of summer to the table, any time of year, you absolutely need this shrimp roll recipe. It makes you feel like you live on the beach in New England, no matter where you actually are!

We’ve got a fabulous lobster salad recipe for lobster rolls, and a fantastic crab salad recipe that can be used on sandwiches as well. However, anytime I share these recipes people always ask if they can make them with shrimp.

Um, YES! Shrimp Salad is delicious, versatile, and ridiculously easy to make at home. It happens to be a good bit less expensive to make, but still tastes amazingly fresh and fun.

chilled shrimp with mayo and herbs on a bed of buttered lettuce

The Best Shrimp Salad Recipe

Here we share our classic shrimp salad recipe that’s perfect for shrimp rolls. You can also pile it high on a green salad for a fresh and low carb lunch or dinner.

Tender shrimp are quickly roasted, tossed with a delicious creamy and tangy dressing, and refrigerated until ready to serve. Every bite is brightened with lemon and dill, and the flavors keep getting better as all of the ingredients chill together.

The salad is prepared in only 20 minutes and keeps well for up to 3-4 days. It’s wonderful to make ahead the day before picnics and parties. Or simply to have on-hand anytime you are craving a taste of the east coast!

two shrimp rolls loaded with salad

Ingredients You Need

For the shrimp salad:

  • Olive oil or other preferred neutral flavored high temp oil
  • Raw shrimppeeled and deveined
  • Mayonnaisecan use low fat, if you like
  • Green onionschopped
  • Lemonzested
  • Fresh dillchopped
  • Seasoningsgarlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper

Then you also need your choice of hot dog buns, or your preferred rolls, or greens for salad.

top view chopped green onions, whole lemon and zest, and chopped dill on a cutting board

How to Make Shrimp Salad

The first step is to quickly oven roast the shrimp. If using frozen shrimp let them thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Then peel and devein the shrimp, and pat dry with a paper towel. (I can usually find large raw cleaned shrimp at my local grocery store, so I don’t have to clean them myself.)

Preheat the oven to 400°F and set out a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the cleaned shrimp on the baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle generously with salt, ground black pepper, and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Toss well and spread out in a single layer.

Roast in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until the shrimp are firm but are still in the shape of C’s not tight O’s.

Pro Tip: O stands for Overcooked!

shrimp roasted on a baking sheet

Once the shrimp have roasted, move half of them to a cutting board and roughly chop.

Place the whole shrimp and shrimp pieces in a large mixing bowl. Add in the mayonnaise, chopped green onions, lemon zest, chopped dill, and garlic powder.

Pro Tip: Having whole shrimp and chopped shrimp together creates the best texture and helps the shrimp salad stick together when you scoop it into rolls.

Get the Complete (Printable) Shrimp Salad Recipe for Shrimp Rolls Below + Video. Enjoy!

top view roasted shrimps in a bowl with mayo, lemon and dill

Mix well. Taste, then season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Chill until ready to serve.

combined seafood salad

Serving Suggestions

For classic shrimp rolls, load a generous portion of the chilled salad into lightly toasted and buttered hot dog buns.

For the most authentic Shrimp Rolls, buy the New England style buns, with flat sides.

Enjoy as-is, or top with your favorite seafood salad fixings. My boys like to put hot sauce and pickle relish on their shrimp salad sandwiches.

shrimp salad for sandwiches in rolls

Or… Serve this as a low-carb and gluten-free salad with lots of satisfying textures and vibrant flavors. Shrimp salad is delicious on top of fresh greens like butter lettuce, baby spinach, chopped romaine, or your preferred blend.

top view finished dish on lettuce

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve with shrimp rolls?

Crispy potato chips or french fries are classic sides for shrimp salad sandwiches. Add a pickle spear for an even more authentic New England experience.

How much seafood salad do you put into a sandwich roll?

This recipe is enough for 8 portions, and each serving is about 1/2 cup.

How long does shrimp salad last?

Store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. It’s best if you pack it tightly in a smaller container.

top view two hot dog buns with homemade shrimp salad sandwiches, plates of salad with greens

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Shrimp Roll (Shrimp Salad Recipe for Sandwiches)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
This easy New England-style recipe makes the best shrimp salad wherever you live, perfect for loading into buttery buns to enjoy as authentic shrimp salad sandwich rolls.
Servings: 8 rolls

Ingredients

For the Shrimp Salad Recipe –

For Shrimp Rolls –

  • 8 hot dog buns New England style
  • Hot sauce and pickle relish optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and set out a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the cleaned shrimp on the baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle generously with salt, ground black pepper, and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Toss well and spread out in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until the shrimp are firm but are still in the shape of C’s not O’s. (O for overcooked!)
  • Once the shrimp have roasted, move half of them to a cutting board and roughly chop.
  • Place the whole shrimp and shrimp pieces in a large mixing bowl. Add in the mayonnaise, chopped green onions, lemon zest, chopped dill, and garlic powder.
  • Mix well. Taste, then season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Shrimp salad is best when served cold on a pile of greens or on classic shrimp rolls!

Video

Notes

I like to use large shrimp, then chop some of them make the salad stick together. However, you can use small or popcorn shrimp if you prefer.
Store shrimp salad in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll, Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 332mg, Potassium: 101mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 273IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main, Main Course, Salad, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Shrimp Salad Rolls”

  1. I used to be able to get a Shrimp Salad Sandwich at a restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI. I always thought it was a Dutch or Swedish kind of thing, because the restaurant tended to offer Dutch & Swedish foods. Had no idea it was also a New England kind of thing! Well, now I don’t live near that restaurant AND I don’t think they serve it anymore anyway. I’m LOVING this salad! Love that I can recreate an old favorite and LOVE that I can enjoy it in the comfort of my own kitchen! <3

  2. Oh my gosh. I was craving these but wasn’t sure how to make them so I Googled it and came across this one. I’m so glad too because it was delicious! Thank you!

  3. I’m going to try this in tacos! Shrimp tacos are one of our favorites and I think this recipe will be a great twist. Thanks for the idea.

  4. YUM! I love lobster rolls, but I now love shrimp rolls so much more! thanks for sharing this recipe!