How to crack a Maine LobsterOkay, so you've ordered your first lobster. The
server brings you a bib, melted butter, a wet
napkin, a nut cracker and, of course, a bright red
lobster. You look at it wondering, okay, what do I
1. Put on the bib. (water can squirt at
the least expected moment not to
mention that you will feel years younger)
2. Twist off the claws.
3. Crack each claw and knuckle with a
lobster or nut cracker. Remove the
4. Separate the tail from the body and
break off the tail flippers. Extract the
meat from each flipper.
5. 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.
6. Separate the shell of the body from
the underside by pulling them apart and
discard the green substance called the
7. Open the underside of the body by
cracking it apart in the middle, with the
small walking legs on either side.
Extract the meat from the leg joints and
the legs themselves by biting down on
the leg and squeezing the meat out with
8. Use the wet napkins to clean up.
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How to crack a Maine Lobster