How to Peel and Devein Shrimp



Start on the underside by the head area to remove shell from shrimp. Pull legs and first section of shell to one side. Continue pulling shell up around the top and to the other side. Pull off shell by tail if desired.



Remove the black vein running down the back of shrimp by making a shallow slit with a paring knife along the back from head area to tail.



Rinse shrimp under cold water to remove the vein.


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After the shrimp is deveined, cut the slit deeper into the shrimp but not all the way through, leaving shrimp attached at the bottom.





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