The Art of Cracking & Eating a Lobster

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For sheer dining pleasure, few things can compare to fresh steamed lobster.

But the savory crustacean sitting on your plate can present a challenge for those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of cracking and eating a lobster.

Here’s how to enjoy one of the sea’s most sought-after delicacies without making a mess of yourself or your meal.

Etiquette consultant Carol Bory offers the following step by step instructions:

  1. Place the lobster shell-side down.
  2. Separate the tail from the body by bending the lobster backwards and twisting the tail.
  3. Place a fork in the tail meat and tightly pull the meat from the shell. Remove the black vein from the top of the tail and discard it along with the shells in a separate bowl. Cut the lobster meat into bite-size pieces and using a seafood fork dip the meat in melted butter or a sauce and eat in one bite.
  4. Twist off the claws at the joints and crack the claw shell using a lobster cracker. This may require using the lobster cracker a few times before you can extract the meat. Remove the meat from the shell by using a lobster fork or your fingers. Again, place the claw shell in a separate bowl. Cut the lobster meat into bite-size pieces and using a seafood fork dip the meat in melted butter or a sauce and eat in one bite.
  5. Tear off the legs and suck out the meat if you choose. Discard the shells.
  6. Place the body shell-side down and pull the shell outwards separating the meat from the shell. Discard the shell in a separate bowl. Using a fork remove the tomalley, the green liver, from the round pockets. Cut the remaining lobster meat into bite-size pieces and using a seafood fork dip the meat in melted butter or a sauce and eat in one bite.

Having the right tools will make cracking and eating your lobster a snap.  There are also detailed video tutorials that can show you exactly how to extract the delicious meat from the shell.

Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook has answers to your questions and plenty of mouth-watering fresh lobster for when you’re ready to get cracking.

 

 

 

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