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How to Eat Lobsters

The white meat of the lobster is located in the tail, claws, and knuckles. Meat can also be found in parts of the body and legs. The red material in the tail section is the coral "roe" or the female eggs and is considered a delicacy. And the greenish material at the junction of the body and tail is "tomalley", which is actually the liver, and has a very unique "peppery" taste used in many recipes.

Twist off the claws
  • Put on the bib. 
  • Twist off the claws.
Crack the claws with your nut cracker
  • Crack each claw and knuckle with a nutcracker, pliers, knife, or hammer. Remove the meat.
Remove the tail.
  • Separate the tail from the body by arching the back until it crack. 
  • Bend back and break off the tail flippers. There’s meat in each flipper, too!
Push the tail meat out.
  • Insert a fork and push the tail meat out in one piece. 
  • Remove and discard the black vein that runs the entire length of the tail meat.
Separate the shell of the body.
  • Separate the shell of the body from the underside by pulling them apart 
  • Discard the green substance called the tomalley (the liver).
Push the tail meat out.
  • Open the underside of the body by cracking it apart in the middle. 
  • Lobster meat lies in the four pockets, or joints, where the small walking legs are attached. 
  • The walking legs also contain meat that can be removed by biting down on the leg and squeezing the meat out with your teeth.

Courtesy of the Maine Department of Marine Resources

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