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crustaceansclick to hear

Aquatic invertebrates having a carapace over their bodies; they are sold live, frozen (raw or cooked) or canned.
crustaceans lobster spiny lobster scampi crab crayfish shrimp

lobster click to hear

To ensure maximum freshness, the lobster should be cooked live, by plunging it into boiling liquid.

spiny lobster click to hear

Spiny-shelled crustacean whose flesh is slightly less flavorful than the lobster’s; the tail is the only part that is commonly found for sale, either raw or cooked.

scampi click to hear

Rarely sold live, it resembles a small lobster but has more delicate flesh; it is often served with garlic butter.

crab click to hear

Sometimes sold live and cooked like the lobster, its lean stringy flesh, its liver and the creamy substance under the shell can all be eaten.

crayfish click to hear

Small freshwater crustacean usually prepared like lobster; only the tail is eaten and its pinkish-white flesh is lean and delicate.

shrimp click to hear

Delicious hot or cold; although many prefer them deveined, the intestine (the dark vein running along the back) is edible.