How to Clean Shrimp

It’s always fastest to buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. But if you choose to do the job yourself (and save a few bucks in the process), clean them with this 1-2-3 method.

1

Crack

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Crack the shell by grasping the head and bending the tail back and forth.


2

Pinch

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Pinch the shell over the tail, pull up, and with your other hand, run a finger under the legs to free the shell.


3

Insert

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Insert one tine of a fork under the vein, at the head of the shrimp. Lift up and pull forward. The vein should pull out in one piece.