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H-E-B Fresh Lobster Guide

Enjoy the appetizing taste of Lobster from the H-E-B Seafood Department. Choose from a variety of options: coldwater lobster tails, live lobster and cooked whole lobster. Plus recipes and helpful tips for cooking and eating this delicious delicacy.


Coldwater Lobster Tails

  • Harvested in the clean, cold waters off New England and the maritime provinces of Canada.
  • Our premium North Atlantic lobster tails are renowned for their sweet, tender meat.
  • Lobster tails can be baked, stuffed, broiled, grilled or steamed.


Cooked Whole Lobster

  • Pulled from our live system and steamed fresh daily.
  • Ready to eat chilled or steam for an additional 2 minutes to eat hot.
  • A live lobster that has been cooked can lose approximately 20% of its weight through both moisture and weight loss.


Ask the H-E-B Seafood Department to perfectly cook a live lobster for you!


Live Lobster

  • Known as American or Maine Lobster, inhabit the Atlantic waters from New England to Canada.
  • Our live hard shell lobsters come trucked direct to Texas, in their natural seawater, giving us a strong, healthy lobster of the highest quality.


Cooking instructions:

  • Boil or steam one pound of lobster 8-10 minutes.
  • Cook an additional 2 minutes for each additional 1/4 pound of lobster.
  • Add sea salt to water for taste.


How to eat lobster
To enjoy the luscious taste of lobster, you have to do a bit of work. It's a bit messy, but worth the effort.



Step 1 1. Break or twist off the claws.
Step 2 2. Crack each claw with a hammer, nutcracker, pliers, or other handy tool.
Step 3 3. Separate the tail from the body by arching or bending the back until it cracks or breaks.
Step 4 4. Bend back and break the flippers off of the tailpiece.
Step 5 5. Insert a fork where the flippers broke off and push.
Step 6

6. Remove the back from the body. Open the remaining part of the body by breaking it apart sideways. You'll find succulent meat here as well.

This portion of the body contains the tomalley, or liver, of the lobster, which turns green when cooked. For some people, the tomalley is the best eating experience of the entire lobster.

Step 7 7. The meat in the small claws is very flavorful. Remove it by breaking the claw and sucking the meat out, as if drinking from a straw.




Boiled Lobster

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Makes: 2 servings

Pair with Chardonnay wine
Lobster Truffle Crepes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 5 servings