On Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET), Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg served up some tips on cooking lobster that’ll have us grabbing our lobster bibs and preparing for a deliciously decadent meal.
According to Snoop, Lobster’s “a food only rich people can eat, [where] you do a lot of work to get a little meat.” Worth it. In hopes of preparing your own seafood shindig, here’s how to make lobster the right way:
Know your lobster.
No, people can’t get Zika virus from lobster. It’s not true, Rick Ross, so get your facts straight.
Don’t give them names.
You don’t want to get attached–it’ll make eating them more difficult.
Add some booze to the pot.
Do give your lobster a final drink before they sacrifice themselves in the name of dinner. Martha suggested using vodka, while Snoop prefers adding brandy. Bring the boozy water to a boil before adding in the lobster.
Dunk your lobster into ice water.
Use tongs to move the cooked lobsters from the pot to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain the ice water from the lobsters.
Crack ’em open.
When cutting your lobster, take your knife, place it in the thorax and split it right down the middle. Chop the meat into bite sized pieces and set aside the shells.
Don’t fear the guts.
Clean up the insides of the lobster with a wet rag… it’s gonna get messy. But don’t get grossed out. No one looks good when their insides are on the outside.
If you choose to broil it.
When broiling a lobster, wait until the lobster is bubbly to remove it from the oven, which should only take a few minutes or however long a Rick Ross massage lasts.
It may even burn.
Eat it right.
The two big upsides to making lobster at home are that it’s more economical than eating in a restaurant and no one can see you make a mess while eating your dinner. Martha Stewart has a solution to the second point, showing off the best tactic for eating lobster. Twist the tail off, put your fork under the crustacean part and pull and twist to get all of the tail meat out in one movement.
She also suggests eating the lobster in slow motion and having someone else feed it to you, but that’s more of a personal preference.
Lobster always goes well with booze.
Martha suggests pairing your lobster dinner with a martini, specifically one that’s made with an oversized martini shaker that can double as the final resting place of Snoop’s Uncle Rodney.
Watch Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.