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Learn how to make scrumptious dishes featuring lobster, shrimp, crabs, and other delicacies of the sea with the recipes and cooking instructions in these food videos.
You Will Need
- Knife or nutcracker
- A stock pot
- White wine
- Cocktail fork (optional)
Eat the claws
Break off the two big claws at the point where they connect to the legs. There is a joint between the pincers in each claw where you can bend the smaller pincer back and break it away from the other half.
Break the shell
Use a heavy knife or a nutcracker to break apart the shell. Then remove the cartilage from inside and pick out the meat.
Eat the legs
Break off the front legs and use the nutcracker to break them open so you can get at the meat. Twist off the small back legs and suck the meat out as if they were straws.
Eat the tail
Get to the meat in the tail by breaking the tail away from the body. Then bend the tail back and forth at the point where it meets the body. When it's separated from the body, hold it with the curved backside against your palm. Then squeeze the sides together until they break.
Eat the body
Get to the meat inside the lobster's body by gripping it at the hole where the tail was. With your other hand, peel away the softer underside of the shell. From inside the body, you can eat the roe and the green tomalley (the liver), as well as the last sections of meat between the legs.
Don't eat the shell, the head, the black vein in the tail, or the cartilage. Instead, throw it all into a stock pot and add herbs, vegetables, and white wine to make your own lobster stock.