I was thinking of the innards - specifically the white parts inside of the main body and what looks like eggs.

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You can eat even shell. Ground shell is used in French Bisque to thicken the soup and make it more flavored.

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    You can also use the shell to make fish stock. Which in turn could be used in e.g. Fish based risotto
    – NBenatar
    Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 10:32

The only parts that you need to avoid are the intestinal tract - the black line that runs through the tail, and the sac right behind the eyes which includes the brain, stomach, and other organs.

The tomalley is the edible yellow-green pasty substance which serves as the liver and pancreas. However, there are advisories in place by US federal and state agencies advising against eating the tomalley of Atlantic lobsters due to the high concentration of toxins present. I've eaten it before if that matters; it's delicious.

The roe present in female lobsters is also commonly eaten.

Anything else is edible, but not frequently eaten.

  • The roe is arguably the best part even if it's a little scary looking Commented Sep 6, 2010 at 21:09

Remove the Thorax shell (the saddle shaped one over the main body). Then you can take each leg off by gently wiggling and pulling. There's a nice piece of meat where the leg comes out of the body.

Then you suck the meat out of the leg.


I do like the claws and tail but the body is my big love. I adore picking it apart and finding that sweet meat as you break the body apart. It is tedious and only small amounts of meat but so good!!! I also like to take the roe and tomalie or lobster paste and put it with a bit of butter on a piece of fish and bake it, it then tastes like lobster!

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    If you can add more details on how to identify those bits, I think that would be a more useful answer to the original question.
    – logophobe
    Commented Aug 19, 2014 at 14:59

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