Obviously no offense meant to Red Lobster lovers....
Fun Lobster Facts:
- Chicken Lobsters are littler lobsters - between 1 pound and 1 1/4 pound.
- 1 1/4 Lobster have considerably more meat than their smaller friends. that 1/4 pound makes a huge difference.
- Lobsters do not in fact scream. It's morbid, I know.
- Hard shell lobsters (vs soft shell) have more meat.
- The white stuff around the meat (most noticably in the claws) is congealed blood. It scraps off easy and is semi tasteless.
- You might find orange-y colored stuff in the tail. It's lobster eggs. Some people eat it as lobster caviar. (No thanks!)
- Lobster meat is incredibly low in calories.
There are many ways to cook a lobster, but I prefer to steam them over boiling them.
You'll need a giant pot filled with two inches of water. Salt and bring to a boil. I put my steamer in the bottom of mine, but this step is not necessary. Once your pot is boiling, say a little prayer for your friends. Or find a heartless boy to do the dirty work. I'm not going to lie, I get real sad whenever I have to make a lobster meet his/her fate.
Put the lobsters in the pot and cover. You'll want to steam them about 15 to 18 minutes depending on their size. You know they are good and ready when they are a bright red and their little legs tear off with relative ease. Again, I didn't say this was a PETA friendly dinner. At this point, use a tongs to fetch them out of the pot. They will be hot.
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- Prepare yourself with paper towels. A whole roll could come in handy.
- Also, get a bowl or recepticle of some sort for the lobster carcasses.
- Melt butter to dip your delicious in - place in a ramekin or other small dish.
- First, off come the claws. Place your hand along the lobster body and twist until they pop off.
- Repeat for the tail. Sometimes a lot of steam/hot water comes out, so handle appropriately.
- Discard the shell of the body. There's a lot of goop up in there.
- Now it's time to get to the eating part. If you're eating soft shell, most likely you won't need crackers.
- When it comes to the tail, I get the meat out by pressing down on the under side of the tail in a few places. Press until the shell cracks and then pull back on the sides of the tail. This will loosen the tail meat in one piece and it should slide out of the shell.
- I go through a ridiculous amount of paper towels in cleaning off various parts of my lobster meat.