Whether you’re among friends or going on a first date, eating seafood can be a risky business. That’s not always because you think you might be allergic, either. It means that it can be messy and you don’t want to commit any peccadillos or little mistakes that can embarrass you in front of anyone you’d rather impress. Here’s a guide to doing it so you can enjoy all that yummy seafood again!
Most of the time, crabs come in the shell. You have to break apart the carapace and dig in using your fingers and mallets and claw crackers. Understandably, this will make quite a mess. Start by taking off the legs and claws. Use a seafood fork to dig the meat out. Then break up the body into smaller, bite-sized pieces. You can also break off the tail and get the meat out with a fork. Finally, drop the shells in the empty dish that you are given and use the finger bowl to rinse your fingers off before starting again.
Because lobster is typically so expensive, you might not have much experience in how to eat it. Not to worry: start by holding the body over your plate. Slowly twist the claws off and use the nutcracker to open them. Use a lobster fork to get the meat and take your time eating it. Twist your fingers to detach the tail. Then get the flippers off before enjoying the tail meat. A knife and fork will help you eat the meat from the rear, too. Crack open the back shell and use a fork to get the meat out. Then use a fork to eat the tomalley and roe. Discard the empty shells and rinse your fingers off before starting again.
Finally, let’s have a look at how to eat shrimp. Hold onto the tail and eat body from it. You’re supposed to discard the tails, but they also provide a tasty crunch. If you want to eat the tails, though, consider your dining companions who may be disgusted by your display. Use a toothpick to dunk shrimp into the sauce. Take small bites of jumbo shrimp but don’t double-dip into the sauce that you are sharing with others.
YOUR SEAFOOD DESTINATION
Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.
You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!