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Get Cracking! It's National Lobster Day!

Get Cracking! It's National Lobster Day!

I have a vivid junior high memory of not going out to eat dinner with my family. At the time I was okay with it, but when I found out they went for a lobster dinner, I was devastated! From that point on I vowed to eat lobster whenever I could. Unfortunately lobster is one of those foods that taste great, but are tricky to prepare. Lucky for us, there are a lot of resources to teach us how to correctly pick and cook fresh lobster. To learn a few tips I've picked up along the way,

The four classic ways to cook a lobster are:

  • Boiling - Bring a large pot 3/4 full of salt water to boil. Put lobsters in and submerge, boil for 18-20 minutes.
  • Steaming - Put lobsters in a large pot with about 2" of water, cover tightly and steam for about 20 minutes.
  • Grilling - Either boil first and finish on grill (backside down) or split lobster in half and grill shell side down.
  • Roasting - Quarter lobsters and saute on high heat. Put them in the oven for 2-3 minutes to finish off.

When choosing a lobster you should look for:

  • One that is alive and kicking. You want to make sure it is fresh.
  • The tender lobsters tend to be under 2 pounds.
  • Females have a more delicate flesh and are lighter. The males have larger claws and narrower tails.
  • A hard shell and long antennae.

And if you're looking for tips on how to eat it, be sure to check out this 7 step picture tutorial!

Know any great lobster tips? Let us know below!

Source: 911 Chef Eric, Criehaven and iVillage

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onesong onesong 10 years
im going to make it tonight and serve it with CHAMPAGNE, happy friday wooooooooo!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
i've never had lobster, i'm too creeped out to try it. i'm sure its delicious though.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Okay I've tried the Lobster thing and I just couldn't do it. He was staring at me and his antennas kept touching me. It was difficult to crack open and there was this weird green vein running through the meat. NOT my cup of tea. I went back for a salad. Give me seafood but not lobster.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ooooo yum.
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