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How to eat lobster

When eating a whole lobster, the ends justifies the means. Breaking apart the crustacean can be a somewhat difficult, messy affair, especially if you've never done it before. But then you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor - fresh, savory seafood.

If you plan on digging in to a steamed lobster this summer, Josh Davoudi, sous chef at seafood joint Cull & Pistol, shows us the best way to break down a lobster in five minutes or less.

Don your bib and let's get cracking!

Get ready to break this guy apart.
Photo Credit: Meredith Deliso

Get ready to break this guy apart.

Here's what you'll need to break apart a
Photo Credit: Meredith Deliso

Here's what you'll need to break apart a lobster - from left, a lobster fork, claw cracker and scissors (or knife).

One of your biggest tools, though, are your
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One of your biggest tools, though, are your hands. Use them to separate the tail from the body.

Next, snap the claws and knuckles off from
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Next, snap the claws and knuckles off from the body.

Off goes the second claw!
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Off goes the second claw!

Now that the tail, claws and knuckles are
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Now that the tail, claws and knuckles are separated from the body, you can start getting at the meat.

Remove the fin from the tail.
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Remove the fin from the tail.

Split the tail by breaking it apart in
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Split the tail by breaking it apart in your hands.

With the shell cracked, you can easily peel
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With the shell cracked, you can easily peel the tail meat off from the shell.

Next you're going to tackle the knuckles and
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Next you're going to tackle the knuckles and claws by first twisting them apart.

Working on the claws, first take the smaller,
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Working on the claws, first take the smaller, thumb-like part off. This should easily come off by hand.

Use the lobster fork to help get the
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Use the lobster fork to help get the meat out of this part of the claw.

Use your claw cracker to then break open
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Use your claw cracker to then break open the larger part of the claw - fair warning, this will take some effort. You can use your lobster fork after it's cracked open to help get the claw meat out.

Next, break open the knuckles using a pair
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Next, break open the knuckles using a pair of small scissors, like herb clippers, or a knife, by making four cuts around the shell to remove the meat.

Congrats, you're done! Now you can enjoy the
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Congrats, you're done! Now you can enjoy the tail, claw and knuckle meat with some lemon and butter. If you so desire, you can also break open the legs and suck the meat out. Also, don't be alarmed by the green gook at the end of the tail meat (the lobster's liver and pancreas). It's totally edible, but you can wash or cut this off if you can't, um, stomach it.

And thanks to Cull & Pistol sous chef
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And thanks to Cull & Pistol sous chef Josh Davoudi for guiding us through the process!

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