June 16th, 2011
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Summertime is nigh, and for seafoodie Ben Sargent, that means one thing: bring on the lobster rolls.

Sargent first clawed his way onto the food scene in 2010 as his underground, lobster-dealing alter ego "Dr. Claw," also affectionately referred to as "Tha Lobstah Pushah."

At the height of his crustacean career, Massachusetts-born Sargent was shelling out 150 rolls a night from his snug Brooklyn apartment to the lobster-loving masses - well, that is until the Department of Health paid him a little visit and scrubbed his whole shellfish stint.

Luckily, Sargent has since re-emerged - thus far without any DOH violations - as the host of “Hook, Line & Dinner” on the Cooking Channel.

Even more lucky for us, he has relapsed into his old lobster-pushing ways to deliver a few pointers on building the perfect lobster roll.


Lobster Rolls
Recipe courtesy Ben Sargent
Makes 4 rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 4 lobsters, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds each
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • Splash crisp white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 top-loading hot dog buns (recommended: Pepperidge Farm Classic Top-Sliced Hot Dog Buns)

Cooking Directions

  1. Fill a stockpot with 1 to 2 inches of water and set over medium-high heat. Add the peppercorns, onion, sea salt and seafood seasoning. Once the water is boiling, add the lobsters. Cover the pot, and steam the lobsters for 8 to 10 minutes. When finished, remove the lobsters and run under a blast of cold water.
  2. Carefully remove the meat from the shell, saving the juices, and coarsely cut into large chunks (usually, the meat from 1 lobster is good for 1 roll). Mix the lobster juices with the mayonnaise; it should be a wet, thin consistency. Lightly toss the lobster meat with the mayonnaise.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter along with a splash of crisp white wine and the garlic.
  4. Heat a large, flat grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Open the buns, brush the butter mixture on the insides and toast, buttered-side down, until golden brown, about 1 minute.
  5. Place the lobster meat on some foil and gently heat on the grill as the buns are toasting.
  6. Evenly divide the lobster meat among the rolls, brush the meat with some butter mixture and serve in paper boats.

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  1. Edsr

    Ben Bung-Hole could have said simply ......how to cook a lobster.......how to KILL word is not necessary...........would like to take a HUGE lobster claw and wrap it around his pointy UNSHAVEN head!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  2. Les

    definitley gonna have a lobster roll this weekend... and a cold Red Hook – hello summer :)

    June 16, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  3. Mainah81

    Grew up in Maine, lived there my whole life, definitely love seafood and lobster rolls. HOWEVER, putting onions in them is gross (and I do like onions). Keep it simple: lobster meat, mayo, salt, pepper, buttered/grilled roll.. voila! heaven :-)

    June 16, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  4. Publikwerks

    This is why I wont cook lobster. I pick mine up steamed and ready to go.
    Hey, as far as I know, they died of old age.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • I want da gold!

      Ignorance is bliss! : )

      June 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  5. Liz

    the photo of the tail meat freshly removed from the shell made my mouth water like crazy.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  6. geezus

    how man gets such pleasure on the suffering of other creatures amazes me. boiling an animal alive is the cruelest testament to man's medieval evolution. not happy about the suffering but enjoy lobsters. same difference. put you hand in boiling water and get an idea what it feels like. it's call compassion.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Jason L.

      So, are you a dopey vegan, or do you eat grocery store meat that was grown in a lab and never came from an innocent animal? Idiot.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • Krista

        Although the slaughter houses and factory farms are awful, they don't boil most of the animals alive. Chickens ... sometimes, but not most. We recognize that doing so would be awful. Perhaps because they're mammals as we relate more to them but every living animal feels pain. It's the most primitive of senses as it is necessary to preserve life.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Oh the Humanity

      Then why are you making me suffer your out of context opinion. Oh, the pain....

      June 16, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • I want da gold!

      Wah!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  7. Debby

    What the hell is wrong with you people? Yes animals eat animals, that's part of nature. Yes, we eat animals too. The difference is WE are supposed to be the HIGHER species. That means we understand the concept of pain and suffering and need to exercise some compassion. We are so far removed from the reality of what happens to animals in factory farming. Watch a video and enlighten yourself. If it doesn't sicken you then you have more to worry about then someone's comment on a blog.

    Judge Judy, JimboJones,and the rest of your lot.........keep your pathetic attempts at humor and sarcasm to yourself before you have a brain cramp.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Jason L.

      If you have compassion for the lobsters, you'd know that boiling water is a more compassionate way to kill them than using a knife. If you don't think so, go buy a live lobster, and try to kill it humanely with a knife. The poor thing would be tortured.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  8. bcheev

    Len
    Lobsters are in the same Kingdom and Phylum as insects, but it ends there. They are both Animalia and Arthropoda. The lobster is in the Class Crustacea, insects are Insecta. Spiders are neither, nor are centipedes or millipedes. Just want to be accurate here. Eat all the lobsters you want. I'll stick to shrimp. They're cheaper.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  9. Melissa

    DELICIOSO!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  10. dcer

    Does photo 4 disturb anyone? the fact that you have to pet the lobster to calm it down in order to stop it from struggling before its death...freaks me out a bit.

    I am struggling between feeling horrified and hungry.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  11. ohthehumane-ity

    It seems like a somewhat self-justifying stretch to assume that because the crustacean's central nervous system is primitive, it can't feel pain. There are lots of things we still don't know about animals. I've eaten various crustaceans all my life (to the point of developing an allergy), and I came to have a problem with dropping a live, fully awake animal into boiling water.

    There are two good methods that haven't been mentioned (or I didn't see them): 1. kill the lobster just before boiling, by plunging a knife point into the head, and 2. put the lobster in the freezer for about 30 minutes before cooking. In theory, it puts the lobster to sleep and/or kills it in a painless way (who knows? but probably less painful that being dropped in the bubbling cauldron without that treatment).

    Is it really that laughable to not want to cause pain to any creature? Just wait till the aliens come down for a visit. I'm sure they'll find us delicious and have no compunction about eating the good parts first, while we're still alive and squirming :)

    June 16, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Krista

      It's completely against the basics of biology to assume that a more "primitive" lifeform doesn't feel pain. Even amoeba react to being touch. Pain is a very primitive response to negative stimuli. It is necessary for most animals to survive. Imagine if an animal did not feel pain and thus did not remove itself from painful situations... it wouldn't survive long.

      I don't understand the lack of compassion in many human beings. Whether or not something is intelligent really doesn't affect how it _feels_. Any animal with a brain and a central nervous system is going to feel agony while being boiled alive.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  12. Brian

    I don't get it. People get so upset about a lobster being put in boiling water. Wouldn't a lobster get eaten by another fish when he's in the ocean? I don't think many animals die of old age! Aren't we humans also part of the food chain?

    June 16, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Krista

      Heat is a very painful way to die. Imagine burning to death or being boiled alive. Intelligence is not required for the basic pain response. All animals feel pain the same way we do. It's necessary for survival. It's unfortunately that some people just can't choose to do the more compassionate thing, and rather ironic that someone is willing to toss an animal in the pot to die slowly and painfully but doesn't have the guts to give it a quick death in a more personal way before doing that.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • JimboJones

        "all animals feel pain the same way we do"

        You are predictably, yet amazingly incorrect. Did you actually finish community college or are you just hanging out making ridiculous statements about the central nervous systems of aquatic life from the comfort of your cubicle at the plant?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  13. Ben Sargent

    Look at my face. Do I look evil to you?

    June 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  14. Caveman

    Never fear, caveman is here. I shall slay all of these tree huggin bunny humpin liberal stooge vegantards, as soon as I drop my bucket of lobsters into that pot of boiling water over yonder.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  15. ya'll reTAHded

    bears claw fish out of the water and slice them apart with their teeth. Based upon the logic of some people posting on here, we should kill bears to prevent them from harming poor, innocent salmon. Other posts on here, following their logic, suggest we should teach snakes to be vegans so they don't kill poor, innocent mice who suffer when poisoned with venom.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Caveman

      mmmmmmmm, bear roast and chicken fried rattler, delicioussssssss

      June 16, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • jimmy collins

        Caveman. your mother blows dead bears

        June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Krista

      Most hunting animals kill their prey as quickly as possible. It makes things safer for them and it's a lot easier to eat when the prey isn't trying to get away. Also, we _know better_ and we have other methods to make the killing quick, if not entirely painless. It's cruel to not use those methods when available. We're not bears.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • akabaloo

        Constrictor snakes kill their prey by suffocation. Venomous snakes bite their prey and wait for them to die from poison. Jungle cats bite their prey in the throat, and if they don't bleed out, they lock on to their windpipes until they are suffocated. Crocodiles grab their prey and drag it underwater to drown them before they are eaten. Yes, animals are very compassionate towards the other animals they eat.

        June 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Ranger Dick

    Here in Yosemite we try to make our lobsters as comfortable as possible. I have placed lounge chairs over Old Faithful and then begin the count down. When he erupts,it blows the shit out of the lobster tail,yet gently cooks and brings them back to the ground. Good eatin' folks.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • MT Miner

      Kind of a long ways from Yosemite to Old Faithful, being as one is in Cali, and one is in MT/WY.......

      June 16, 2011 at 10:47 am |
      • The obvious reason

        They were extra long lounge chairs... the ones that CA idiots use when they're on the soapbox.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  17. CTLOBSTERROLL

    Steam a lobster or boil a lobster; both work fine. BUT a COLD lobster roll?????? With mayonnaise?? HA!!

    Here in CT we eat them HOT with loads of butter. It's the only way to go!!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Keep it simple

      Tha Winnah!!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Maty

      Did you miss it when he heated the meat up- it wasn't cold, it was room temperature.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  18. Rosiepose

    Hey Idiot.............who taught you?? For people who must eat lobster, the humane way to cook them is to put the lobster in a pan of cool water and slowly turn the heat up, the warm water puts the lobster to sleep and then into a coma and they do not feel the pain. For you cannibals, it also makes the lobster tender to eat, because when the poor thing feels the excruciating pain from the boiling water, it tenses up completely and his meat becomes tough..............how about Ben putting his hand in boiling water and see how he feels..........do you honestly think the lobster doesn't feel anything? Then you are a fool and what goes around comes around!!!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Lobster Scientist 4 Life@Rosiepose

      Hey idiot.......who taught you how to use the period button on your keyboard? Why don't you stop being so judgemental and go hump a tree or something?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • CCarrier

      I dont care if they feel anything, as long as they taste good.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Your own imaginary world in the clouds

      You have no clue. When I read your post, why do I suddenly think of Goldie Hawn on Rowen and Martin's Laugh-In?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b7BGBa6MTI

      June 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • akabaloo

      hahaha this was almost as funny as the "scrambled eggs and lobster"

      June 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • JimboJones

      Just when you thought it was safe to read comments again.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  19. Wankerdoodle

    Ahhhhhhhh More Delicious Screaming Lobster for my next meal.

    I hope the butter doesn't mind the suffering.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  20. r-hope

    Too CRUEL! I will stick to grinding live spinach with my molars... ya, that's how humane death should look like.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  21. CCarrier

    That is not how you cook lobster, period. As an eastern Canadian who comes from a family of fisherman, I can tell you the only way too cook lobster is totally submerged in boiling sea water (not water with salt), for a total of 22-25 minutes depending on size of the lobster.

    Steamed lobster just doesnt taste right.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • r-hope

      There is an old saying "Whoever has not travel thinks his/her mum is the only good cook". Bottom line – now you know there are more than one way to cook a lobster......and taste is somewhat a subjective issue, is it not?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • CCarrier

        I have had many steamed lobster, I prefer boiled in sea water, so do most people I know.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • MaineSense

      Holy-moly!! 22-25 minutes in boiling water!? That's if you want latex lob-stah, right? 10 minutes + one minute per pound = done to perfection when boiled (in perfectly fine salted water). Ayah.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • CCarrier

        It should be noted that I never cook just a single lobster. This is what I do when I fill my lobster pot, which holds at least 30 pounds of lobster, and they are far from rubbery.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Clem

      Oy theyah spahky! Back up the skiddah!

      Sea watah or salty watah is fine, but 15 minutes is 'bout all it takes.

      And now I'm feelin' a mite peckish foah some bugs.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  22. Lobster Scientist 4 Life

    I'm a scientist and I say that lobsters don't feel pain. So there. I'm right and you're wrong!

    Also – They are tasty.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  23. J. Scott

    If people kept up on modern science they would know that crustaceans do indeed experience pain and suffering. They have been observed in studies rubbing and tending to wounds and crabs will avoid shells in which they were previously shocked. Further, lobsters who have had appendages ripped off while alive have subsequently died from the trauma. Crustaceans are wired differently and do not lack pain because they lack a central cortex. All animals, including humans, share many basic life functions since we all come from a common ancestor. It is human arrogance to believe animals feel no pain or suffering. However, I will continue to eat animals because life is harsh.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • CCarrier

      Not all lobsters die from trauma, in most cases, they regrown the limb they lost.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Allison

      Thank you, someone else who actually bases their arguments on facts! I think most people like to assume that these animals don't have the capacity to feel pain so they can feel better about their actions, rather than actually do a little research on the matter.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • CCarrier

        I dont care if they feel pain, as long as they are tasty. I dont care if you think im cruel. We are at the top of the food chain for a reason.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
      • Jason L.

        The food chain is a vicious and inhumane reality of life on this planet. Compared to every other animal in the animal kingdom, humans are by far the most considerate of their prey, that includes putting lobsters in boiling water.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • akabaloo

        Oh, so these are facts now? Did the scientists distribute a double blind survey for the lobsters to fill out, or did they conduct individual interviews?

        June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Nobody really knows for sure

      It's a matter of hot debate whether crustaceans feel pain or not – especially pain as we know it. There are arguments pro and con. They may react to a stimulus which would cause pain to us, but, having a different makeup it's unknown whether they actually "feel" anything or not. In the meantime – pass the hot melted butter.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • Lobster Scientist 4 Life

        I wouldn't really call it "hot" debate...

        June 16, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Jason L.

      Your last sentence is all that needs to be said. Whether or not they feel pain is irrelevant. We shouldn't unnecessarily torture the animal we intend to eat. In the case of lobster, there's no humane way to kill it prior to cooking it. Dropping it in boiling water is no less humane than painfully sawing away on its shell with a knife while it thrashes about, and it's going to get boiled anyway. I suppose you could crush it Gallagher style in one fell swoop with a sledge-hammer, destroying the meat in the process. It isn't like a mammal, you can't shoot it or slit its throat.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • armypilot

      Again, I don't care if they feel pain. I don't want them to, but if they do, so be it. I'm on the top of the food chain, and I eat what I want.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  24. MB2010a

    Leviticus in the Bible says it's a sin to eat shellfish...I'm probably going to H*ll anyway for other stuff so I will continue to eat lobster. Just wish it wasn't so expensive...

    June 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Lucy Lobstir

      I've already got a room key!!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • The old world

      So what did Leviticus know anyway? He was a vegan. I've never seen one-a-them that had the sense God gave a billy goat.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Jason L.

      Leviticus is old testament, it only applies to Jews, not Christians, and not anyone that doesn't believe in fairy tales.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  25. Paul

    Hot Lobster rolls are even better, imo. Just lobster, butter, lemon and green onion.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  26. NotSoSmart

    Old Bay makes everything taste like Old Bay. Ick.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  27. Adam

    I'm not a fan of anything but salt and wine added to the pot water, but to each their own. I also steam for 15 minutes, but usually cook 1/2 – 1 full dozen lobsters per pot. The only thing I would seriously suggest is removing the colon from the tail – the brown/black(when fresh) tube running through the center of the tail. Just split the tail along its natural center and you will see it. This story made me so hungry, going to pick some up on the way home – around $5.00/lb off the wharf this season. YUM!!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  28. stevie68a

    Lobsters don't feel pain? The only way to know this, is to drop yourself in a vat of boiling water . Tell me whether
    or not it hurts.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Josie

      I'm sorry... but how does this prove that lobsters feel pain? Are humans in fact lobsters? Hmmm....

      June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • JimboJones

      You first, PETA moron.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • U.R. An Idiot

      Your obvious stupidity is what hurts.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • beth

      stevie, don't share the same nervous system as a lobster. You, on the other hand, hmmmm....

      June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  29. Donna

    MYTH #4: Lobster scream when you cook them.

    FACT: Lobsters have no vocal chords. The sound you may hear is actually steam escaping from the shell as the lobster cooks. Lobsters have a ganglionic nervous system (as opposed to our central nervous system) and do not feel pain like we do. To kill a lobster humanely, we believe boiling or steaming is the quickest method.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  30. Paul

    I prefer catching the lobster myself, ripping the tail off while the lobster is still alive, ripping off one of it's antenna and shoving it up it's tail hole to de-turd it.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  31. bobby

    What a kick ass article! It receives my kick ass award!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  32. lyd

    Donna, you're mistaken. The hot water does not kill them instantly. Have you ever seen one dropped in biling water? They kick and squirm and even squeal loudly.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Donna

      They don't squeal. Thats air coming out of the shell. The twitches are involuntary. They aren't in there screaming and in pain.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:49 am |
      • I want da gold!

        Gotta love the blind ignorance of people sometimes.

        Lobsters scream, even though they physically cannot. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • lyd

      donna, you can lie to yourself if it makes you feel better. Try jumping into a pot of boiling water, even if asleep, and let us know how it feels.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
      • CCarrier

        ummm, lobster do not scream, they have no vocal chords. And as long as the water is boiling, and you put them in head (eyes) first upside down, their death is instantaneous.

        Please dont argue about things you know nothing about.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • The real reason

        Thank you CCarrier. You are one of the few on this page that know even a smidgen about cooking lobster.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Sam

      You first lyd...get back to us on how it works out.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • Donna

      Its good to be on the top of the food chain.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • JimboJones

      You are a moron.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Jason L.

      They only squirm for a few seconds, far less than if someone were to try to "humanely" kill them with a knife by sawing through their carapace while they are squirming violently, and the "screaming" is the air forced through their shell, like a whistle, and happens after they are dead. Death occurs in a couple of seconds. Remember, it is humane to drop it into boiling water, compared to dropping it in a pot of tepid water and slowly heating it to boiling – that would be cruel. Crushing its internal organs while trying to cut through it's tough shell, would be cruel.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  33. GutBuster

    I find it odd that his description of removing the tail meat doesn't include removal of the GI contents. I sure hope he does, or his lobster roll customers got more than they bargained for.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Sarah LeTrent

      Hi GutBuster, Ben did in fact remove the intestinal tract before proceeding.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • GutBuster

        Thanks! It would be nice to know how he does it, as I have seen several different methods.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • Sarah LeTrent

        The way Ben removed the tail meat, he was able to just peel off the tract with his fingers. But if that doesn't work, just take a small paring knife and run it down the length of the tail to expose the tract and clean it out from there. Hope that helps!

        June 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  34. Nene

    I'm from Maine. We would never put onion, garlic, wine, or spice in our lobster rolls. The meat, mayo, salt & pepper on a toasted hot dog roll. Perfection, Maine Style.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Mainer in Rockport

      Absolutely right!!! Its the KISS method at its finest. Meat, mayo, bun...Done !

      June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • CCarrier

      New Brunswick, Canada here, and we do it the same way.

      All that crap he's adding just ruins the taste of the lobster.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • The real reason

      You have wine in Maine? I didn't think so. The ugly truth is out.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • fredethomas

      You are right – just good hot water, a brick in the pot to keep the water hot. BEST LOBSTER ROLL IS WITHOUT THE ROLL.
      Ex Mainer for more than 50 years.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • lobstaman

        Everyone has the best way to cook...But really try...Boil in ocean water & Kelp !!! No salt or butter or anything needed.

        June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  35. JoeShmoe

    I see the vegans are up early reprimanding the carnivores lol! It's funny because aren't plants living things too? Albeit they don't have a central nervous system, but they are STILL living things... and by eating them, you are killing them! You guys should watch The Happening... Bad movie but good idea (for the Vegans lol!)

    June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  36. Lucy Lobstir

    Vegans are so racist....at least we change color when we swim in hot water!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  37. Debby

    Boiling or steaming any living creature to death is horribly cruel. Just kill it first!! Stroking the shell is ludicrous, you can't calm anything enough to face that death. Why do you think they desperately try to climb out of the pot?

    Before all of you start screaming that I am an animal lover or that a shellfish can't feel pain, get over yourself. No one is saying you can't eat shellfish or animals, just do the humane thing in their treatment, They are giiving their life for your dinner.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Queen of Everything@Debby

      So you would prefer that we rip it apart while it's still alive?

      June 16, 2011 at 9:41 am |
      • Debby

        I guess you failed reading comprehension. I said kill it first, moron!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • Dixie Sugarbaker, of the Savannah Sugarbakers@Debby

        Testy this morning, aren't we? Well, bless your heart and have a great day!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • RangerDOS

      So do you anesthetize flies, spiders, and mosquitos before you swat them?

      June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Judge Judy@Debby

      You're attributing personal characteristics to a shellfish. Until lobsters rise up against us, sit down and stop talking.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Sandy

      Thank you–I couldn;t agree more!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Sandy

      I totally agree with Debby!!!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:50 am |
      • JimboJones

        You would, braniac. Why don't you PETA types just crawl into a hole for a few weeks with the animals you claim to care so bloody much about and see who gets eaten first. None of you freaks are fit to breathe the same air as the rest of us.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Judge Judy@Sandy

      whatasurprise

      June 16, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Allison

      I don't think it's a lot to ask to take a knife to it before dropping it in boiling water. Studies have been done that show that crustaceans actually do feel pain, so what's the harm in erring on the side of caution and doing it quick and painlessly first?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:18 am |
      • Jason L.

        Allison, I'm assuming you've never eaten, or even seen, held, etc. a lobster? You do know that they have a tough exoskeleton right? That in order to get to the organs with a knife to "humanely" kill it would require either ripping it apart alive or using a lot of brute force to get the knife through the carapace, splitting and crushing it in the process. There is no way to humanely kill a lobster with a knife. When you put a lobster in boiling water, it dies very quickly, much quicker than can be done with a knife.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • armypilot

        Allison - I don't care if the thing feels pain. I don't want it to, I just don't care. It's a lower life form. That's why I don't cry if I smash a butterfly on my windshield. I don't swerve to hit them, I just don't care if I do. I'm pretty much in the majority here.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Chef Boyardee

      The proper way to cook a lobster is to dunk it HEAD FIRST into the boiling water so that it's killed instantly. The article failed to mention that.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • cocoloco

      If you are stranded somewhere because of an accident with someone else, and there was no food, your "kind" instincts would go out the window as human can turn to cannibalism, too. Besides, don't be a hypocrite fool!!!! You eat burgers, sausage, and chicken, don't you, ignorant cockroach!!!!?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Jason L.

      Debby, how do you kill a lobster first, without inhumanely ripping apart its exoskeleton to do so? Boiling it alive is the most humane way, for a lobster at least.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • lee

      how do you know they're trying to climb out of the pot? do you watch them. man, you are sick.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  38. John McLobster

    I am a Lobster and I find this article extremely offensive.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Conan the Barbarian@John McLobster

      I am Conan the Barbarian! I like the way you screamed in the pot and I find you delicious!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:41 am |
      • ISAF

        A decade ago, I saw that they removed the intestines from the tail of the lobster after detaching it from the rest of the body, but I didn't see this over here. so, are the intestines good for eating too????? Toxins???? I'm just curious.
        I'll appreciate a good explanation, no sarcastic answers.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • Sgt Sarcasm@ISAF

        Boy did YOU come to the wrong place.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • ISAF

        I guess I did come to the VERY wrong place to ask.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • Jason L.

        @ISAF. I don't know about toxins. But considering how rarely I get my hands on live lobster, I eat all the guts and brains and everything, and don't worry about what is in them. The gooey parts that most people don't eat are by far the most flavorful.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • hahahaha

      This comment made my day.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • lee

      you sound steamed

      June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  39. Wayne

    Anyone who is not a vegan is barbaric and primitive. If you eat lobster, you deserve all of the artery-clogging results that go with it.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Nats

      Lobster doesn't clog your arteries. The butter you dip it in will. And by the way, I like the way they scream when I boil them. Delicious!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Eric

      When you eat veggies, aren't those living things, too? How do you know they don't scream when you rip them out of the ground, off the vine or off the shrub/bush/tree? Vegans and vegetarians are MURDERERS!!!! Free Tibet!! Kumbayah. I have the feeling I'm forgetting something from the usual mantra. Oh yeah, it's all Bush's fault.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Sam

      Most of the vegans I've seen are sickly, scrawny people who are also pious jerks because they think everyone should follow their cultish lifestyle. Does that give you an idea of what we think of you Wayne?

      June 16, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Allison

      I happen to be a vegetarian, but any eggs or dairy I eat comes from small farms where the animals are well-cared for and have space to roam. I hardly consider that to be barbaric. But I do take offense to your tone. You do understand that your militant and judgmental way of pushing your point of view tends to push people in the opposite direction and makes you and other vegans look fanatical and crazy, right? You would do a lot better to have reasonable discourse with people. I personally think a lot less people would want to eat factory-farmed meat if they knew all the gritty details, but yelling at people doesn't get your opinions heard.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:15 am |
      • Lobster Scientist 4 Life@Allison

        Thank you.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • A ray of sunshine on a page of insanity

        Well said!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • babs

        this is one of the most mature, but well stated replies i have ever read on cnn. gotta think allison, most of these "people" who write the crude comments on here will not fully understand it. they are happy being 40 yr old kids hiding in their offices at work, telling those beneath them to get to work, while they play on cnn comments all day.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • The killing fields

      I'd much rather be barbaric and primitive than a total idiot. How did those E-coli sprouts in Germany work for you Mr. Vegan?

      Did you know that soy bean pods scream when they're picked? After that, they're threshed, separating the beans from the body of the plant which is mercilessly discarded on the garbage heap. Now THAT is barbaric and primitive.

      Oh, the cruelty of it all. You heartless monster! [end sarcasm]

      June 16, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • cocoloco

      Leave this planet, you horrible hypocrite cockroach!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Jason L.

      Animals: They're what's for dinner. Everytime I hear or see a vegan/vegetarian telling others they are cruel, I eat a double helping of meat that day to make up for the meat not being eaten by that vego-freak. Tonight, instead of one bowl of beef/pork stew, I'll eat two. One for me, and one for you.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Michael Slver

      So Wayne, were your grandparents barbaric? And their grandparents? You must know that vegan-ism is a relatively new thing. If you are a thinking being at all, then you know that we humans were intended by nature to be omnivorous. I respect your choice to eschew the eating of animals, but I ask that you not label me as a barbarian because I make another choice. By the way, don't forget to take your supplements today to avoid the malnutrition that is a certain byproduct of your decision.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • lee

      all vegans are Communsits, that's a fact.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • lee

        so I can't spell. Communists

        June 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Matt

        All vegans are pud wackers.

        June 17, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  40. Foodie

    Yummy!! :) I love seafood especially lobster.

    If I don't have access to fresh lobsters, can I buy lobster tails from the grocerry store to make this? Would it degrade the taste?

    June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • lee

      most lobster tails you find in the store are not Maine lobster, but a languste, a lobster with no claws, form the Carribean and elsewhere.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  41. Donna

    no!!! no mayo! A real Maine lobster roll is just meat on a toasted bun, mayo or melted butter on the side. No Old Bay!!!
    Simple joy of the meat.
    After years of trial and error, steaming is most certainly the way to go.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Conan the Barbarian@Donna

      Steamed? The boiling water will pi$$ it off plenty.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • cocoloco

        Watch your language, you
        cockroach!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  42. Monger(as in fish)

    But you didn't tell us how to kill the beast!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • RangerDOS

      Didn't "drop in boiling water" give any hints?

      June 16, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      Step through the pics. He talks about zoning them out, even.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • lee

      the steam takes care of that or you can stab them with a knife in the head but then you miss the screaming in the pot.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  43. RangerDOS

    Oh you guys wait till the giant monster lobster from Trunobulax eats Boston, he won't even put you to sleep first or use butter....

    Could I have one of the claws please?

    June 16, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  44. Mike

    Sorry, but it is not a lobster roll if not made with the correct bun.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Bun inspection

      Bend over and crack us a smile Luv. Nope – wrong kind. Pity, they're plenty big enough.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  45. Flo

    How much did he sell the lobster rolls for?

    June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  46. Chris

    My favorite dish is lobster and scrambled eggs.......You heat up the pot, add the eggs and then a live lobster. The lobster scrambles the eggs trying to get out of the pot!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Matt

      That's fuked up.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • cocoloco

        Watch your language, you horrible cockroach!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • u2stupid

      Probably the dumbest thing I have read today.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • akabaloo

      HILARIOUS

      June 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Moe of Tennessee

      But it was kinda funny... lol

      June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Paul

      +1

      June 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Barrie

      Reading these responses to cooking lobster were really getting out of hand, but Chris thanks for that great visual post

      June 16, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Bill

      +1 for making me laugh hysterically. I needed that today. Thanks Chris.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Matt

      That is very cruel and inhuman. Just because a creature is not as intelligent as us doesn’t give us the right to treat it like that. By your standard if ever an Alien race lands on earth has the right to cook some scramble eggs using our boiling bodies.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • lee

        aliens will do that

        June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • lee

      now that was funny

      June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  47. Sandy

    No way EVER would I put a live animal into a pot of boiling water!!! Thats just beyond cruel...therefore I do not eat lobster. Sick to whoever thinks this process is ok.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Dane

      I couldn't agree more. That's one heck of a way to have to die to be comsumed by a human.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • Sandy

        Thank You Dane!!!

        June 16, 2011 at 9:51 am |
      • Scott

        So then, I presume you don't eat any meat or other seafood because they are all killed in pretty shocking ways. If you don't...well then, you're just a hypocrite. And I don't even like lobster. Give me crab, clams and scallops any day!

        June 16, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • Olaf Big

        Lobster dies quickly and does not suffer much. Also, lets' face it, it's an invertebrate, and it is a bit antropocentric to transfer human concepts of pain and suffering to a crustacean. I would worry much more about the inhumane way cows are raised and butchered for your steak dinner on the industrial farms.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am |
      • Roberto

        Everyone knows the more fear they are in before they die, the better they taste. DUH!

        June 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Brian

        They tasted even better when steamed in hippie tears.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      They are spiders who happen to live under water. Really quite tasty spiders at that.

      If you don't like the "drop 'em in the pot" method you could explore the "bifurcate the head then drop them in the pot" method. Either way, you not eating them decreases demand which keeps prices steady. Thanks!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:29 am |
      • LRoy

        Never eat an animal you can have as a pet.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Donna

      The hot water kills them instantly- no suffering. No Worries. Their brain is the size of a pea.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • Debby

        Care to test that theory yourself? If so much as a drop of boiling water lands on your hand the pain is instantaneous and excrutiating. Think about it.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:46 am |
      • Sandy

        The hot water does NOT kill them instantly–they will try their hardest to escape the pot....how would YOU like to be boiled alive?

        June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
      • Jake

        I think your brain is the size of a pea.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • Judge Judy@Sandy

        I know what I'd like to try ....

        June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
      • Oh the cruelty of it all

        @Debby: Your central nervous system and that of a lobster are quite different... too bad I can't say that about your brain.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • Len

        Lobsters are the insects of the sea and their nervous system is quite similar. Any other way of killing the lobster is cruel. If you are going save the lobsters, how about save the ants. Ants are some of the cleanest being on this earth. They leave an area cleaner than when they came. So, how about saving them?

        June 16, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • guest

        you fool. you only put a shallow amount of water in the pot so the lobster can't push the lid off while it's trying to escape the excrutiating pain of the water. you also cover the pot so you don't have to see it suffering or hear the sounds it makes as it dies. lobsters, and all seafood have a very advanced central nervous system, it helps them feel and find food in murky water, so regardless of the size of their brains, the sensation of pain is overwhelming. why don't you actually watch one die in the pot before you speak.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • CCFan

        If there's is no suffering, why would the lobster try to escape. If there is a pot of boiling water next to a live lobster, would it crawl into it?

        June 16, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • Mr. Wild Game

        @ guest. I love watching them die, and then I love eating them even more.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • obnoxious college professor

        Oh the cruelty: "Your central nervous system and that of a lobster are quite different... too bad I can't say that about your brain."

        You know this makes no sense, right? Your brain (and spinal cord) is your CNS.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Nats

      So what do you eat that doesn't involve killing?

      June 16, 2011 at 9:37 am |
      • TwM

        Even plants have feelings people. So enjoy what you enjoy and be happy.
        YUMMMMMMM Lobster

        June 16, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • Denim

        "Carrot Juice is Murder"!

        June 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Matt

      Lobsters do NOT have a cerebral cortex (the part of our brain that processes pain). Their central nervous system is nothing like ours, and scientists say they lack the capacity to feel pain.

      If you don't want to eat them, fine. But don't act like others are cruel just because you don't know the facts, and instantly imagine every animal works just like you do.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:40 am |
      • Allison

        Actually, crustaceans have been shown to feel pain. In a study done on prawns, acid was rubbed on their antennae, and only after an analgesic was applied did they stop rubbing them.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • BeerBrewerDan

        @Allison:

        Don't forget these parts of the article...

        -
        But conscientious eaters need not, necessarily, abandon lobster. Other scientists believe the debate is far from over. Many think only vertebrates have advanced enough nervous systems to feel pain, and suspect that the prawns' reaction to having acid daubed on their antennae was an attempt to clean them.

        "Shrimps do not have a recognisable brain," said Lynne Sneddon, a Liverpool University researcher who has studied pain in fish. "You could argue the shrimp is simply trying to clean the antenna rather than showing a pain response."

        Richard Chapman, from the University of Utah's pain research centre in Salt Lake City, stressed that most animals possessed receptors which responded to irritants. "Even a single-cell organism can detect a threatening chemical gradient and retreat from it," he said. "But this is not sensing pain."
        -

        So, nothing conclusive has been proven. Except that lobsters are freakin' tasty as all get-out.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • Allison

        @Beer Brewer Dan: I think the point is that as soon as an analgesic was applied to numb the pain, the rubbing stopped, which would seem to disprove the idea that they are simply cleaning their antennae.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • Allison

        In addition, their have been studies done on hermit crabs and their reactions to electric shocks that have come to the same conclusion. I just think it is worth disposing of the animals quickly and humanely with a knife, since their is evidence to suggest that they feel pain. What's the harm?

        June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • Don

        Sorry, Matt.... You're absolutely wrong. Try doing some research before posting next time.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • Jason L.

        @Allison. Do you really think you can quickly and painlessly kill a lobster with a knife? You'd be torturing it more that way than boiling water does.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • guest

        really? which scientists? cite a study please? are they the same ones who say that "lesser" mammals don't feel pain?

        June 16, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • Ed

        @Jason L.
        sharp heavy blade trough the brain is as instant as your gonna get, much better than what we do to chickens.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • will

        Neither lobsters and humans "feel" or sense pain. You sense the hot water. Your brain then processes this sensation create the emotional response of pain- a lobster's brain can't do that. A lobster reacting to hot water is just like you reacting to touching something hot. You remove your hand quickly before you even consciously realize it's hot or think "hey that's hot"

        June 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Judge Judy@Sandy

      Not only do you have sand for a brain, you are more judgmental than I am. Get a grip honey.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Eric

      You know, nobody TOLD them to be so delicious!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am |
      • BeerBrewerDan

        Word

        June 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • Dave Ocame

        Hey, you know, if god didn't want us to eat animals, why'd he make them out of meant?

        June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Dave Ocame

        P.E.T.A.=People Eating Tasty Animals!

        June 16, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • You can't be serious...

      But you are ok with a cow being fed an obesely high calorie diet, then herded single-file to be bludgeoned to death by a giant piston or given a fatal electric shock. Then the cow is gutted, cut into pieces and ground, only to end up in your mouth as you chow down a juicy burger.

      Don't be a hypocrit.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • Floyd Johnson

        "Dad will you take me deer hunting." "Sure, when you are taller we will go with grandpa. (pause) What do we do with the deer after we shoot him?" "(Long pause) We could take them to the animal doctor." "How about we cut him open take out all of his guts, cut him into pieces, hang his head on the wall, and then eat him. Would that be ok too?" "Yea we could do that." That's daddy's boy, I had been worried about him, but that conversation brought a little tear to the corner of my left eye.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am |
      • Chris

        Oh How I love a good burger!!! If baby Seal's tasted this good I would eat them too. You know come to think of it I roasted up a polar bear that was awesome.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • Dave Ocame

        Smoked Beer meat is awesome!

        June 16, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • ellen

        Boiling lobsters is barbaric. Don't make assumptions about other people. I don't eat chicken or cows that have been treated inhumanely (tyson, most beef producers). And personally, I think hunting for sport is bizarre.

        It is our responsibility as compassionate human beings to think hard about everything we are putting in our mouth and where it comes from! It is only recently that meat and poultry have been so mass produced and removed from the consumer's consciousness and the cruelty they endure is also a new phenomenon. Small, independent farmers did not/do not kick and mistreat cows covered in their own feces or raise chickens on top of each other in dark enclosed cages. You can choose which foods to buy and which companies to support! Spend a little more to demand respect for other living things and for our planet! Also, don't boil lobster! :)

        June 16, 2011 at 11:42 am |
      • Mr. Wild Game

        Sorry ellen that is not my responsibility, not at all. I will continue to eat as much wild game as I can until the day I die and there is absolutely nothing you, or losers like you, can do about it.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • ellen

        that's fine if you're into that. but still, you should buy meat from local farmers.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
      • Michael Slver

        Hey Mr. Wild Game, I absolutely respect your choice to eat wild game – and lobster and anything else you like. I'm a carnivore too. It is wrong, though, to label someone who disagrees with you as a 'loser.' Do you believe that only those who think exactly as you do are winners?

        June 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • 2bnfl

        DUH WINNER!!!

        June 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • smosco

      they don't feel pain, you dingbat. much like you, their brain is the size of a pea.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
      • Michael Slver

        Are you a first grader, Smosco? If you don't like another person's opinion, be an adult and say so – but the name calling you do makes you come off as a six year old. You don't want that, do you?

        June 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • MTT

      Lobsters feel pain: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29915025/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/lobsters-crabs-feel-pain-study-shows/. Science wins every time.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • You can't be serious...

        You are welcome to open the door to your backyard and graze on your lawn for the rest of your life if you want.

        Animals eat animals all the time. Do you think the grouper cares about the lobsters feelings when it tears it apart for a meal? Or do you think the lion stops to think about how the antilope feels about having it's leg eaten while it's still conscious?

        Stop trying to be all high and mighty.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Matt

        Your own link points out (if you read beyond the headline) that the study only shows that they are more than simply reflexive. It admits that pain is not necessarily the interpretation. Again, without a cerebral cortex, we don't know how pain as other animals feel it would be processed. We only know that they respond to stimuli,and have memory of the event.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • cocoloco

        So what?????????? Ignorant fool!!!! Ckickens, cows, etc. also feel pain and you eat them, don't you?

        June 16, 2011 at 10:42 am |
      • TTM

        Plants feel pain:
        http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/plants/news-feeling-plants-how-sensitive-flora
        yes science does win, as long as it's not ignored.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • ellen

        We are animals. We are also the only animals capable of compassion. Have compassion. Respect life. THINK about where you get your meat/poultry and how the animal was treated. Buy from small local farmers!

        June 16, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • lee

        lobsters do not feel pain. just ask one while he/she is steaming. they do , however, get very pissed.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Oh the cruelty of it all

      An alfalfa sprout screams when it's harvested., you heartless vegan monster.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • Frankie

      You don't eat lobster? Good. More for me.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • Tati

        How old are you that you feel compelled to post a comment like this? 10?

        June 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • steve

      Totally agree Sandy, but you should really not eat any animal if you feel this way. The only reason this bothers you is because you actually see the process as opposed to buying a nicely packaged piece of meat that looks nothing like an animal.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • LK2

      It is INSANELY cruel to put a live animal in a pot of BOILING water! NO death is quick enough, so they can't say it's quick and painless. Animals don't do to other animals what people do to animals, and WE know better! People make me sick that do these things to animals. It's sick and inhumane!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • BS

        Are you kidding me??? Animals do horrendous things to other animals. Humans are the ONLY animals that even begin to consider the comfort of an animal that they plan to eat.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • TwM

        You are so wrong. Think of all the animals that stalk and pursue their prey until they capture it and rip it apart. Some animals start to feed even as the prey is still alive.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • JJ

        Really. I witnessed a loin eat an zebra when it was still a live. The nature show edit that stuff out. I've also seen predatory animals starting eating an animal is it is still bleeting. That is just nature. Cruel and inhuman are concepts created by people not animals. Animals have no vocabulary for concepts like that and have a different experience based on their own perspectives which are no human in anyway or form. To imply that animals feel the same range of emotions and feelings as human is ego centric and does not serve the animal kingdom. Also remember, you are a animal too, just because you have the ability to think and understand complex concepts does not separate you from the animal kingdom. Animals have been known to eat humans!

        June 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • LK2

        Nature IS cruel, but when a tiger kills it's prey, they go for the throat, killing it first. But dropping a live animal in a boiling pot of water is horrible! I bet people don't even get the water hot enough for a quicker death, therefore, it suffers longer. Anybody who can justify the way we kill animals is insane, too! It's NOT humane in any way, shape or form when it's done for food.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • TwM

        @LK2 animals are part of our food chain. PERIOD. Vegetables are barely filler.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Rekamlias

      Yes cooking a live animal is so very different then killing a cow, pig or a chicken. Are you aware all meat comes from killing animals? Do you eat Yougart or cheese? That is putting live bacteria in your mouth.
      The Lobster feels no pain since he is cold blooded and the warming just makes him go to sleep. Now stabbing him in the brain or heart is painfull. You can try this yourself. Get into the hot tub at 100 dergrees and set it to 170 and notice how comfortable you will be as you die, or you can have some stab you in the heart or thru the head and feel the pain as you die. Sorry one experiment to a customer. No animals where unintentionally hurt, tortured or killed when making my food.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • JoeBob

      Seriously? Do you weep for murdered mosquitoes, flies and cockroaches also? Because they have roughly the same nervous system as a lobster, which is just another arthropod – a big water bug. Contrary to your beliefs, 'Little Mermaid' was not a biology documentary. The parts of the central nervous system required to process the stimuli do not even exist in the arthropod kingdom. All discomfort is felt in the brain – and lobsters just don't have much brain to speak of.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • TwM

      Good More for me.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • cocoloco

      Hipocrite! You eat killed chickens, beef and other "animals" don't you? Ignorant fools!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • buzz

      your loss...liberal.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • VegetariansTasteGood

        HEY! Not all liberals are hippy, tree-hugging vegans. I would LOVE to boil up a lobster for dinner, but will be home from work too late. On deck for this weekend.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Guy

      So why not put it in the freezer so it just falls asleep? You're so ignorant, you act like every other animal you eat isn't brutally murdered.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Jason L.

      In what more humane way would you kill it before cooking it? I think the fast death in boiling water would be among the quickest, especially for a lobster.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Carol Ann

      It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about people gleefully killing live lobsters by immersing them in boiling water.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Dave Ocame

        Aye! and with reckless abandon as well! Kill, kill, kill! Ummmmm! Now stay quiet and talk to me again when you stop voting for the republican war machine which does the same to our young men and women.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am |
      • Mr. Wild Game

        It makes me happy to know that losers like you are so pathetically affected in this manor. I'll be thinking about you as I boil 2 lobsters tonight for dinner. In fact, I'll even do it in your honor.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
      • TwM

        @Dave don't forget it is now the Democrat War Machine continuing and expanding the wars and the slaughter of our Younger adults.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • VegetariansTasteGood

        @Carol Ann- If you tasted like lobster, I would gleefully throw you into boiling water.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • lee

        you throwing up on the lobster pot woulds ruin the meal

        June 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • ConfucianScholar

      I think my wife can't handle seeing the lobster die such a horrible death, that's why I drop them alive in the boiling pot when she is not there, and I tell her I bought them already dead. Also, when I go hunting for deer or wild hog I tell her the animal dies instantly from a shot to the head, but that only happens about half the time. As you see, I am concerned only about my wife's suffering and not the animal's I'm about to eat.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • vinny

      who cares how they kill the thing? I sure dont, all me and the other 98% of the semi sane population cares about is how it tastes. Whats a humane way to kill an animal anyway? I dont care if they strangle it or shoot it. Peopke cry and find offense to everything nowadays its no wonder the rest of the world laughs at us

      June 16, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • j

      Call me sick then you pu ss y .

      June 16, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • j

      You can call me sick, you pu ss y .

      June 16, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • GARLIC&BUTTER

      Are we not on a food site? Let us all stop arguing and get eating!

      June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Here comes the Rooster

      I agree Sandy. I could never kill a poor animal to eat it. That's why I only eat a cannibalistic diet of PETA breaded mushroom heads. They "squeal like a pig" when you hit them from behind too.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • liz

      Stop pretending to be squimish, people. Why can't you just admit you cannot afford a good food like lobster. it is not any worse than butchering your meat for food.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Diane

      I also agree totally with you Sandy. This is absolutely horrible. They die a cruel painful death. That is why I am a vegan. It is healthier and cruelty free..

      June 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Jimbo

        Healthier, ha. That's why humans have teeth made for ripping apart flesh...because we aren't supposed to eat meat? I'd like to see an athletic vegan vs. meat eating normal people contest, you know what the outcome would be.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
      • TwM

        @Diane Healthier my a@@ You have to flood yourself with vitamin supplements in order to remain healthy. Vegetables are merely filler not a main course. Vegans btw are totally out of their mind, probably from lack of good nutrition.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Bill

        Diane, it's absolutely not healthier. You (nor I) would not be here today had your ancestors (and mine) not consumed animal-based proteins. Protein is made up of amino acids, thus, not all proteins are equal in nutritional value because not all proteins are the same. The lack of essential amino acids not found in vegan diets (plant-based diets lack certain aminos because plants do not utilize the exact same amino acids that humans do) can cause all kinds of problems. For your grandchildren's grandchildren's sake at least pick up a whey-based protein supplement because you absolutely need to have animal-based proteins in your diet. Thousands of years of human evolution will tell you that.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Michael Slver

        I respect your choice to not eat meat, Diane, but there is no evidence whatever to support your belief that vegans are healthier. All of the vegetarians and vegans whom I know take supplements in the form of tablets to provide sufficient nutrition for health. We humans are designed by nature to be omnivores and if our diets lack either vegetation of meat, then we lacking in basic nutrients. Do you not take vitamin pills and others to make up for what is missing in your vegetarian diet?

        June 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Reese

      If you put them in the freezer, they won't feel a thing!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • Reese's Gramma

        Do you know how hard it is to knit lobster-shaped sweaters?

        June 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • lee

        do you know what it's like to freeze to death? not fun

        June 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Mr. Wild Game

      Whatever loser, more for the rest of us.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Jimbo

      Too bad for them they are so tasty.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Alex

      i don't think a lot of people have empathy for the ways that animals die, unfortunately. i can't lie that i enjoy the taste of meat, but i do have issues with the way they are killed. i also think the argument can be made that just because we are at the top of the food chain doesn't mean we have to consume everything beneath us. a better argument could be made that we have more non-meat options available. basically, eating meat is a guilty (the killing) pleasure (the eating) to me. balance is key, and trying to do what "you" think is right.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Dover

      I'll bet you chop asparagus off at the knees, behead broccoli and rip pea pods open to devour their insides. And if you are not a vegetarian, you are a hypocrite because boiling a lobster is the more humane way of killing it, the other two methods being shove a knife between its eyes or let it die slowly (which allows the meat to spoil).

      June 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • babs

      wow it's nice to see so many agree this is a cruel way to kill your food. it's total bs and they can find many other things to eat. what if we were the lesser, animals still think and feel. so if we were on the lesser but we communicated with each other in a way we understand and the upper creatures do not, well would we be happy we were being captured, boiled alive so our meat stays moist?

      June 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • TwM

        Babs only a few nut jobs think this is a bad thing. The majority find nothing wrong with the way Lobsters are cooked. Where are your complaints about the hurting of vegetables? it has been determined that many plants do have something similar to feelings (possibly like Lobsters they feel pain?). What will you moral peopel do then???

        June 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Really, do you avoid stepping on spiders too? Hot water is the fastest way, turns 'em off like a switch. The muscles flex, but it's not 'conscious.' This is not a philosophical organism which is in there screaming "Oh god, I'll never see my family again" or "what will become of my soul?" It's a big bug with a teeny brain. I'm having one for dinner tomorrow actually.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • fredethomas

      Hurts worse bringing them up from depths.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • lobstaman

      Do you eat anything that was/is alive ? Beef,chicken,fish,eggs? How about plants, they are living things...where do you draw the line? & Why? Some argue that plants feel. Even soy has living cells and comes from beans, a plant. Whatever you choose...Enjoy !

      June 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Matt

      Me neither.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • armypilot

      You're right, Sandy - it's just too simple. I like to make a little water board and strap them to it for a while before they go in the pot. The stress adds sweetness. Seriously, I've been to countries that beat the b'jesus out of animals before they slaughter them because they think the adrenaline makes the meat taste better or makes you more manly. Putting a lobster, which is an echinoderm (a bug) in hot water is no worse than hitting a bug with your windshield. But I'm cool with you not eating it - less demand lowers the cost.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • lee

      cover your ears and you won't hear them scream.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  48. joe the plumber

    I feel my heart clogging just looking at the pictures

    June 16, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Matt

      Yeah, but one heck of a tasteful way to go out!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Lenny

      Really? I thought Joe the plumber was an American?

      June 16, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Maine Lobsta

      leave out the butter and its 2 grams of fat

      June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  49. Hungry Tummy

    Headed to Maine tomorrow from Georgia and my first order of business is to stop for a lobster roll! Thanks for posting the recipe – can't wait to try it when I get back!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  50. Mildred

    Oh that does sound like a yummy, simple, lobster roll process/recipe.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • stanleycup

      Go Bruins!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
      • I want da gold!

        Here, here!

        (Hawks fan but fck the Canucks!)

        June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • jt

        the debate of life and death is always important even when something as delicious as lobster is invovled. next debate..........dyslexia lol

        June 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • Luongo Tears

        Another Hawks fan congrats the Bruins! Was really hoping Blackhawks would make Roberto weep for the third year in a row, but glad the Bruins could take care of business. The lobster roll looks amazing, but too involved for a hot dog sandwich. I'll wait for a trip to Mass :D

        June 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • LRoy

        I love you. Yes! Last time I was only nine and too young to watch.

        June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Maggie

        They did and they were great. But about the head or body of the lobster, there is meat there and it is tender but you have to work for it and the kegs have meat also.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • Alex

        vancouver is a joke. what a terrible team.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • A

      Yay! Let's eat giant sea insects!

      June 16, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Breakfast Buffet

        Lol indeed giant sea insects

        June 16, 2011 at 11:55 am |
      • Tim Thomas is God

        YUMMY Sea Insects

        June 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Denim

        I prefer crab, but lobsta is okay. :-)

        June 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Pare Azz Hilton@Denim

        I can give you crabs!

        June 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Joe

        I never understood why people like lobster, crabs, etc. I just can't taste any flavor. Is it possible I'm missing a gene that allows me to taste the flavor? I always see people dipping lobster and crab in garlic butter, and I just think there are cheaper ways to eat garlic butter.

        June 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        @ Par Azz Hilton;

        I see RichHead a mile away.

        Mayo? On fish?!?!? always hated it. Mayo, and the lack of taste that requires mayo on fish. Blech.

        Saw something at Sam's the other day. "King Red Salmon". There is Red salmon and King Salmon, not a hybrid, I shook my head at those buying it.

        June 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
      • PairAzz Hilton@Jdizz

        It's me PairAzz–I think..Wasn't that how I posted before? Can't tell anymore.RH....X

        June 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • Jdizzle McAbsentpants

        Gets hard to keep track of lies, yeah? ;)

        June 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • mike

      no mayo. Why do some money people ruin their Lobster Roll with mayo?

      June 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • Tati

        Maybe not everyone likes the same things as you? Just a thought.

        June 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • geobrandi

        What do you use?

        June 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • lee

        I agree with Tati. Maybe some people like mayo on lobster. I do. I do not put ketchup on steak however.

        June 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Fefe@lee

        Do ya poot da dooo-dooo on da steek?

        June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • LRoy

      I'd rather have crab legs. They have a much sweeter taste...also more expensive. Regardless, if I was going to spend what little money I have on lobster, it's going to be hot with butter.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • duke13

        I just hate to think about those poor crabs rolling around in wheel chairs with no legs. Lol, JK.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • HB

      Actually, he's a self-promoting RIP OFF artist who hasn't a clue what he's talking about. He doesn't do the buns properly at all and you don't put spices of ANY kind on top of a lobster roll...can't believe that ANYONE would go to this idiot for a recipe.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
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