How to Clean Shrimp

Do you love seafood, but not the mess it leaves in your kitchen? Here’s a guide to cleaning shrimp so you can enjoy them without all the fuss. With just a few simple steps, you’ll be ready to cook up this delicious dish in no time!

  1. Start with fresh or thawed frozen shrimp in their shells.

2. Hold each shrimp by the tail and pull off the legs. Then unwrap and remove the thin shell leaving the tail intact. (I like to keep the tails on for appearance, but you can take them off if you want!) Using a small paring knife, cut a shallow incision along the top of the shrimp all the way down to the tail.

3. Use the tip of the knife to lift out the vein in the shrimp. Discard the shells and veins.

4. Rinse the shrimp with clean water, if needed, and rest them on a paper towel to dry. Make sure the shrimp are thoroughly dry before cooking.


Try not to think about what the “vein” really is. Shrimp is completely edible without removing the vein, once cooked. Deveining them just makes them look nicer, and eliminates poop-shoot worries.


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