When buying your lobster, make sure that it is lively and it should feel heavy for its size. You can uncurl the tail, when you release it the tail should curl back up and not just hang there.
2. Place the knife on the head beneath the mouth parts. Cut through the head via this point to pierce and destroy the brain. Take care not to push the knife all the way through the head. The lobster will still move afterwards but don’t worry it is dead.
1. The lobster should be on a flat surface, on its back, with claws tied. Hold it around the top of its head with a firm pressure to restrain movement. A large, sharp knife should be used for the cuts, e.g. a French cook’s knife.
4a. Once cool, put the lobster belly side down on your chopping board.
3. Bring a large pan of heavily salted water to the boil. Add the lobster and boil for 15 minutes and 20 minutes if it weighs over a kilo. Remove and allow to cool before next stage.
5. Remove the stomach sac and discard, remove the greenish liver and any red roe from the head section, this can be saved and used for a thermidor sauce. Also at this stage you can remove the intestinal tract from the tail.
4b. Start to cut it in half at the middle of the head first, then turn it around and cut through the tail.