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Easy Langostino Appetizer with King’s Hawaiian Rolls

Happy Holidays, Dayton! We hope that even with the crazy weather you were able to spend time with your family and friends. With all of our busy schedules and the rising costs of goods, we wanted to try an easy and quick recipe! This recipe uses langostinos, a lower cost seafood option for this simple, “lobster” roll appetizer recipe.

More About Langostinos

You might be wondering, “What is a langostino?”

Well the term, langostino is a Spanish word with different meanings in different areas. In the United States, it is commonly used in the restaurant trade to refer to the meat of the squat lobster, but it is not technically a lobster or a prawn. A langostino is a small crustacean that gets up to 3 inches long, and weighs no more than 7 ounces. But as a food, they do have a similar look, texture and density as lobster meat. And for this recipe, they tasted pretty good too!

Easy Mini Lobster Roll Appetizer (with Langostinos!)

As most of you know, Foremost Seafood during the holiday season can get a little busy, so we needed to find a recipe that would be simple and delicious after a long work day. For our holiday party, we found a very simple pull apart King's Hawaiian Lobster Roll appetizer and substituted lobster meat with langostinos! This easy, yet flavorful seafood recipe is another dish idea for your next group event.


5-minutes prep time

10-minutes cook time


1 lb. Langostinos

1 package King’s Hawaiian Rolls

7 tbsp Butter

2 tbsp Old bay

4 tsp. Garlic powder

2 Garlic cloves

1/2 Lemon

Parsley or Scallions

Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • Cut holes into the center of each of your King’s Hawaiian rolls. After testing the recipe, we suggest making the holes relatively big so the final product has a nice ratio of bread to seafood.

  • Melt 4 tbsp of butter and add Old Bay, Garlic Powder and optional Scallions. Use a kitchen brush to coat the butter mixture over the rolls.

    • Note: We have family members that don’t like scallions so we left these out of the recipe and used parsley instead

  • Once pre-heated, bake the buttered rolls for 10-minutes

  • While that’s baking, add 2 tbsp butter and 2 garlic cloves in a pan. Once the garlic is slightly cooked and the butter is melted add your langostinos.

    • Note: Langostinos are already cooked so the process of ‘cooking’ is heating them up and adding flavor at this stage

  • As the langostinos warm, you should drain the excess liquid at the bottom of the pan. At this stage, add the remaining Old Bay, Garlic Powder, and Salt and Pepper to taste.

  • Once the rolls are done baking and the langostinos are hot, it’s time to put it all together. Using a spoon, scoop the langostinos into each of the rolls, making them equal as possible.

  • Once the rolls are stuffed, top with 1 tbsp melted butter, lemon juice and parsley or scallions, based on your preference.

  • Grab a platter and enjoy!

At Foremost Seafood

Foremost Seafood is Dayton’s best local seafood market, serving the highest quality fresh and frozen products. Give us a call today at (937) 298-1986 to place your order or feel free to stop by and grab the frozen langostinos from our front merchandisers. Our location is 1912 Woodman Center Dr. Kettering, OH. Don’t forget to tag us @foremostseafood in your seafood dishes as well, we love to see our local chefs in action!

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