How to Eat a Lobster Like a Pro | Food Skills

  • Published on Aug 7, 2017
  • Eating lobster is not for the faint of heart. One of the few meals messy enough to require its own bib, a lobster dinner can often end in spilled butter, mounting frustration, and heaps of discarded shells. Luckily, executive chef Dave Seigal of the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market is here to breakdown the crustacean cracking does and don'ts. From how to properly pry open a claw, to that little nugget of meat hiding just behind the head, chef Seigal explains how to sink your lobster pick into every last morsel.
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  • Zachary Holzmann
    Zachary Holzmann Month ago

    Yall should do a chelsea market series

  • PapaPitty
    PapaPitty Month ago

    I have never eaten lobster lol

  • Darkzz Lord
    Darkzz Lord 2 months ago

    I don't think these things are even available where i'm from but i always get the feeling like they're the best thing ever

  • k. rich
    k. rich 4 months ago

    Interesting. Ive never had lobster.

  • MrNasher113
    MrNasher113 4 months ago

    Yeah let’s not talk about the poop Shute 😂 bruh, if you didn’t know and you eat that you’re in trouble

  • subwei
    subwei 9 months ago

    I'm So Hungryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!1!1!1!1!!!!1!!!

  • Scorpion MKX
    Scorpion MKX 11 months ago

    Lobster i love it frest meal

  • Zayn gibson
    Zayn gibson Year ago

    2 minutes silence for the lobster....

  • K M
    K M Year ago

    If i didn't have shellfish allergy, I would be the first to take that lobster roll

  • chocalte diamond 16

    I wouldn't eat the meat from the head that's were they pee from 😯🍤 I know it's lobster 😛 ➡🍤

  • aKillerSandwich
    aKillerSandwich Year ago +5

    It's always bothered me how most chefs and cooks take out lobster tail meat. First remove the tail. Second, hold it in your dominant hand with the shell of the tail in your palm. Third, crush the tail shell by making a tight fist. Fourth, using two hands pry open the shell and pull out the entire tail piece intact. Lastly, on the top of the tail meat, where it connected with the body, there is a sort of "tab" that you pull all the way to the end of the tail, exposing the "shit pipe" as someone referred to it. Remove the black stuff and you've got yourself a beautiful, full piece of tail meat...none of this cut in half garbage with shit in it.

  • TheLuckyJinks
    TheLuckyJinks Year ago +1

    I like my lobster tail without shit thank you

  • Izio Shaba
    Izio Shaba Year ago

    whish lobster didnt make me scared im gonna die, cus of allergy

  • Rory
    Rory Year ago +1

    That poor lobster got fucked up

  • Quantum Aquatic
    Quantum Aquatic Year ago

    lobster only takes 4 min to boil at 350

  • RippedSpeakerz
    RippedSpeakerz Year ago +5

    Eating food with your hands is for cavemen? Go fuck yourself.
    Watch this dude eat pizza with a knife and fork, too

    • Konatablob
      Konatablob Year ago

      RippedSpeakerz He's an amateur too

  • Dominic Walter
    Dominic Walter Year ago

    their lobster rolls are the best.

  • Canebrake
    Canebrake Year ago

    That lobster was put in barely any water.. isn't that the least humane way to cook a lobster???

  • Nasser Feed
    Nasser Feed Year ago +2

    I'm sorry this looks disgusting

    • R A
      R A Year ago

      no one is forcing you to eat it ..

  • You're The Lobster Wrong

    This video is a travesty.
    The video begins with the cooking of the lobster. No problems yet, though I would recommend cooking the lobsters in the cleanest seawater available (or at least put some sea salt in your tap water, you inland savage).
    We then move to the splitting of the tail. This requires extraneous equipment, makes more of a mess, and is itself just unnecessary. You can simply break off the tail, remove the back fins, and push the tail meat out. Before you eat the tail, it is highly recommended that you peel back the top layer of meat along the middle of the tail, revealing the lobster's GI tract, which you can then remove, instead of eating it.
    Let's move to the knuckles and claws. The knife technique is a cool trick, but if you're eating hardshell lobsters (which you should be), you should just use a pair of lobster crackers. The video then moves on with no explanation of how to remove the meat from the knuckles, which without the lobster crackers would be somewhat difficult. Also unmentioned is how much hot lobster water is going to come out of each section.
    Then we move to the body. The guy pulls a little piece of meat out and calls it a day. First of all, there are little legs on the bottom, each containing meat. You twist off the leg at its base, and aided by your teeth, proceed the suck the meat out of each little section.
    Next, there is no mention of the tamale (which is what the liver is called, for some reason). The tamale is the green stuff inside the midsection of the lobster. Not everyone enjoys it, but many consider it a delicacy. Think of it like a briny foie gras.
    Then there's the body itself. Once you've eaten all the meat from the claws, knuckles, tail, tamale, and legs, you are left with the lobster's thorax. It is a cage comprised of many small sections, which are filled with meat. To eat this meat, you can just move along the thorax section by section, breaking each little cage and free the meat with an elegant, tiny fork (or just use your fingers).
    Once you have eaten every last morsel of meat, and only then, can you say you've eaten lobster like a pro. And don't eat the poop chute.
    But I guess that's what you get for making "How to Eat Lobster" in New York...

    • The Bullshooter
      The Bullshooter 8 months ago

      As a Norwegian from the coast, I completely agree with your post.
      This video is horrifying.
      Also, what is the deal with Americans and butter. lol

    • N Shaffer
      N Shaffer Year ago +1

      You're The Lobster Wrong you're the lobster right

  • Ikiratuki
    Ikiratuki Year ago

    I prefer dipping lobster in sweet vinegar.

  • Karen Everett
    Karen Everett Year ago

    YUMMMM !!!!

  • Patrol Pilot
    Patrol Pilot Year ago

    Lobster is considered high end, crawfish is considered low end. Side by side they are the same thing, one is just very small.

  • liljay420
    liljay420 Year ago

    thats far from eatting lobster ike a pro more like a self entitled idiot way... i bet that wanna be lobster chef hasnt ate over 200-300 lobsters

  • Isis Orduño
    Isis Orduño Year ago

    Gordon Ramsey on Hot Ones

  • DrunkenZergling
    DrunkenZergling Year ago

    steam bitchs

  • Elmunus Angelo
    Elmunus Angelo Year ago

    This is how you eat a big mac!

  • ManicallyMetal
    ManicallyMetal Year ago

    Lobster is pretty overrated, just like truffle, cavier, avocado and the stupid amount of cheese people pretend to be obsessed with.

  • Cyan
    Cyan Year ago

    Really wish they'd give these lobsters a quick death before boiling them alive. Jeez. I can't watch that.

  • Charlie Pekin
    Charlie Pekin Year ago

    Jeez man... at least kill the thing before you throw it in boiling water. I'm no animal rights activist, but come on. That's just brutal.

  • Ghoul Guy
    Ghoul Guy Year ago

    This makes me crave the shit out of it right now. But I'm allergic

  • magincap70
    magincap70 Year ago +11

    Yeah dig right in. No reason to clean the poop out the tail right? Born and raised in Maine, grew up catching these things. This is how city boys eat lobster.

    • David Higgins
      David Higgins Year ago +2

      I'm from Maine too and this ain't how it's done

  • Sean Novellino
    Sean Novellino Year ago

    Im from south shore long island also!

  • BeagleBagel
    BeagleBagel Year ago

    I hate living in midlands, my father has a shellfish allergy so I can't buy lobster and make it at home and I don't have a car to drive to the sea side to go to a seafood resturant. :(((((

  • VpIceKaleb iSO
    VpIceKaleb iSO Year ago +2

    Gordon Ramsay does it better lol he would look at your lobster and say ITS FUCKING RAW ITS SHIT IT LOOKS LIKE A PILE OF SHIT

  • Astro Bleach
    Astro Bleach Year ago

    People know they can't feel pain right?

  • jflores85
    jflores85 Year ago

    That's a tasty looking roach

  • sammeyj
    sammeyj Year ago

    I'm only commenting bc I thought the thumbnail was someone's moldy tongue. Shivers

  • Jim Kinkade
    Jim Kinkade Year ago

    No lobster tastes as good as saving $40 feels.

  • Mo Mo Mo Ur Boat
    Mo Mo Mo Ur Boat Year ago

    I've never had a lobster roll hm

  • Austin Nwachukwu
    Austin Nwachukwu Year ago

    Humans are savage.

  • majomszex92
    majomszex92 Year ago +5

    am i the only 1 who thinks lobster is overrated as fuck?

    • spidaminida
      spidaminida Year ago +1

      It used to be the throwaway from the catch that the poor fishermen might keep to feed to their family because no-one would buy it.

  • da7aminer
    da7aminer Year ago +19

    Cut the tail?! Amateur hour. . .
    1. Separate the tail from the body
    2. Break the tail fins
    3. Stick your finger up the butt and push that meat right out.

    • Canebrake
      Canebrake Year ago

      Eat that thing like you would a crawfish 😂

    • magincap70
      magincap70 Year ago +1

      Then separate the top of the tail from the bottom and pull out the shit tube. Or eat it like this guy does.

  • Tom
    Tom Year ago +20

    At least take the shit pipe out man

    • Izio Shaba
      Izio Shaba Year ago

      delicious on a sandwich later!!

  • Mr pleb
    Mr pleb Year ago

    HIRO would say "good afternoon to the lobster and kill it lmao

  • Deathbrewer
    Deathbrewer Year ago

    Lobster is my favorite food of all time. I've had over 20 years of practice cracking open lobster shells, lol.

  • Samuel Mateo, Jr.

    needed this

  • IamMunkk
    IamMunkk Year ago

    First We Feast > Munchies

  • Omar Tenorio
    Omar Tenorio Year ago

    Shit making me howngry

  • Jordy
    Jordy Year ago

    Shortly boiled and eaten with melted butter.

    The best fucking way.

  • ricosuavee44
    ricosuavee44 Year ago

    Hell yeah south shore LI represent

  • Alicia Farrar
    Alicia Farrar Year ago

    Noticed the rubber bands on the cooked lobster. I find this can make the meat taste bitter. Cut the bands off before cooking :)

  • justkiddin1980
    justkiddin1980 Year ago


  • Jack Brown
    Jack Brown Year ago +1

    Guys, lobsters don't feel pain. It doesn't matter.

  • Suko Pyramid
    Suko Pyramid Year ago

    Is First We Fist related to Munchies or are they competition?

  • BraniusBalki
    BraniusBalki Year ago

    Garlic that butter you fucking Heathens.

  • Antonio Cortez
    Antonio Cortez Year ago

    Coyote Peterson would be like noooooo release them!!!

    • Kudk
      Kudk Year ago

      coyote peterson isnt a vegetarian he just likes animals

  • hobby76
    hobby76 Year ago

    Meh...Gordon Ramsay taking a Lobster apart was truly impressive, this not so much. Difference between a cook and a chef I guess.

  • Adam Cooperman
    Adam Cooperman Year ago +1

    Who the fuck eats lobster with a big chef's knife? If you're ordering it in a fancy restaurant where they start breaking it down for you? Sure. I guess if you're cooking it at home you have this option? 90% of lobsters I've had have not been broken down for me. I was expecting more practical tips about how to get at all the meat with a fork and a nut-cracker and your hands.

  • a Little Pal
    a Little Pal Year ago


  • 123kexchoklad
    123kexchoklad Year ago

    He didn't even eat the brain? that's like the best part

  • Christian Francia

    you should be in Maine

    • magincap70
      magincap70 Year ago

      I'm from Maine and spent a decade catching them. Never seen anyone use a knife to eat one.

  • Ghostdini Da Great

    I never could eat a lobster properly because I would always be turned off by whatever that green stuff is

  • Rebecca Loptson
    Rebecca Loptson Year ago

    This person needs to be taught by G.Ramsey on how to prepare a lobster, and not butcher it.

  • Pellegrini Post
    Pellegrini Post Year ago +2

    Lol go hit up a Ramsay video instead of this. Lobster guy didn't even mention the line of shit you have to clean out

  • Bloody Spider
    Bloody Spider Year ago

    17 yrs old and ive never had lobster or crab.......well ive had crab ragoons but thats about it

    • gooz0mbie
      gooz0mbie Year ago

      Bloody Spider try it. I would try crab first, it's more mild

  • Sam Fehilly
    Sam Fehilly Year ago

    This guy is way better than Garden Ramsy 😂😂👌✌

  • Djordy Donopawiro

    jezus im hungry now

  • John Solobro
    John Solobro Year ago

    As someone from the fine state of Maine..... You just fucking eat if lol.

  • Logan Cruz
    Logan Cruz Year ago

    Idk why I'm here, I can't even eat lobster

  • Aaron Barlow
    Aaron Barlow Year ago +2

    I usually take out the shit bag out of the tail lol

  • SharpieSniffer663

    I can't stand most seafood because it's usually still in the same condition as it was alive. I can't deal with it having a face or head. Something about it just rubs me the wrong way. *shivers*

  • Tory Tatter
    Tory Tatter Year ago

    Mmmm. Sea cockroaches. Nothing like gettin some sea roach tail.

    • Tory Tatter
      Tory Tatter Year ago

      I hear dried meal worms make a nice flour for making bread.

    • Kudk
      Kudk Year ago

      whats wrong with eating bugs. It'll be your main food source when life goes to shit

    • FictionExistence
      FictionExistence Year ago

      I always thought of crabs has ocean spiders.

  • kevinfishburne
    kevinfishburne Year ago

    Interesting he said the claw was the most tender part. In my experience it is a little tough/chewy. Still fucking awesome (as are near-all parts of the lobster).

  • Daniel Sasser
    Daniel Sasser Year ago

    Livin like Larry? Larry ain't livin

  • Damián Hz
    Damián Hz Year ago +16

    Am I the only one who find lobster disgusting?
    Maybe it´s just because I live in a country where it is not a common dish

    • Deepak Chaudhary
      Deepak Chaudhary 11 months ago

      Damián Hz same here

    • Nomad -81-
      Nomad -81- Year ago

      It's popular here in Canada but I don't like it myself.

    • Mitzos SirReal
      Mitzos SirReal Year ago +1

      u perfectly describe urself why u feel that way... 100% right. if u grew up with a lot of seafood, this would look like porn to u ^^ its why most europeans (for example) are disgusted by eating insects... its just in ur head

    • Damián Hz
      Damián Hz Year ago

      I don´t know, it looks like a giant bug

    • squid jelly
      squid jelly Year ago +1

      Nah that's fair. Different cultures different taste.

  • Brodey Dover
    Brodey Dover Year ago

    So. I can dissect a lobster better than this dude. You mostly need a pick but you can manage without cutting the tail in half and without cracking the claws unnecessarily

  • joseph martinez
    joseph martinez Year ago

    0:16 Waitng lul

  • Sam D'
    Sam D' Year ago

    Does it all Wrong... Watch Gordon Ramsay do it :)

  • Tucker Chapin
    Tucker Chapin Year ago

    Cutting the tail is fucking sacrilege and breaking the claw like that is cheating. Fuck this.

  • OreosWithWater _
    OreosWithWater _ Year ago

    If Sean were hear he would put hot sauce on it

  • JackTheRippin
    JackTheRippin Year ago +4

    Crab meat > lobster meat

  • Official Fire
    Official Fire Year ago


  • Robert Cunningham

    This is the reasons why the Harbor is over fished they have like 1,000 lobsters in one shot

  • ZesuRodriguez
    ZesuRodriguez Year ago +2

    The cockroach of the sea...yum

  • Niggers Hang
    Niggers Hang Year ago

    Who Gives a Fuck How You Kill The Lobster just prepare the food and eat

  • Quintahboyah
    Quintahboyah Year ago

    Fuck Vic Mensa

  • Humanoid25
    Humanoid25 Year ago

    Now I want lobster....but they is pricey and I'm broke

  • LP something
    LP something Year ago +33

    if you cut a lobster before boiling it you're torturing it. the brain stem goes through the whole body. boiling is the fastest and most humane way to kill a lobster. Jake Paul needs to get the fuck out of los angeles get out of my city

  • Chelle Eve
    Chelle Eve Year ago

    I don't know why I watch these videos, it just kills me inside that I'm not eating that delicious lobster.

  • Derevi
    Derevi Year ago +11

    people straight up eating ocean roaches just to have an excuse to eat garlic butter bro skip the disgusting bugs and just eat butter :-x

    • k flores
      k flores Year ago +1

      Lobster and roaches are both anthropods. Basically insects. Meaning that if you like the taste of lobster then you will like the taste of something like a roach. Hes saying some people soak lobster in garlic butter defeating the purpose of the lobster, so you may aswell just eat butter. I guess some people dont think about what theyre eating.

    • nineseven
      nineseven Year ago

      Derevi idk why you're talking about "ocean roaches", this is a lobster video

    • squid jelly
      squid jelly Year ago

      LOL ocean roaches! I love lobster but you just made my day!

    • scaf
      scaf Year ago +5

      Seafood noob

    • spidaminida
      spidaminida Year ago +7

      Anything is disgusting if you call it something disgusting. See that delicious apple? That's just foam with juice in it.

  • Roosevelt Robinson
    Roosevelt Robinson Year ago +1

    Do one for crab legs

  • zymbotictoot
    zymbotictoot Year ago +2

    Where i am from,back in the day lobster were considered a "poor mans food". Some people used them for fertilizer in their gardens. Now they are a delicacy and crazy expensive. Sure glad i dont like them, lol.

  • ChrisYT
    ChrisYT Year ago +9

    I'm from Maine where most of the lobster in the US is caught and this guy is ignorant, he has no idea how to eat a lobster

    • Kresh
      Kresh Year ago

      TheChrisPutnam so how u suppose to eat a lobster?

  • Steven Benfan
    Steven Benfan Year ago

    I'm just here to see the like/dislike ratio.
    Looks like there weren't any black people in this one.

  • Noah Goldowitz
    Noah Goldowitz Year ago

    Thank you for uploading in 1440p

  • David Ke
    David Ke Year ago +1

    Claw and tail are literally the easiest parts... No advice on legs, no advice on knuckles

  • affalaffaa
    affalaffaa Year ago

    After seeing how old they can get I have a problem with eating lobster. I eat meat and fish, just the age lobsters get to when they're large opened my eyes. It feels like they've earned their retirement to me. Hypocritical? In many ways yes, but 30 plus years combing the sea bed seems like they've put in an above average shift.

  • Dan Flyhight
    Dan Flyhight Year ago

    You can hear all the screams coming from that place XD

  • sabertooth tom
    sabertooth tom Year ago +2

    You definetly don't have to dip your whole hand in the butter. fucking gross.