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Peeled and deveined shrimp in a white bowl.

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp

Step by step instructions for peeling shrimp
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 pairing knife


  • 1 pound shrimp thawed if frozen


  • Pull the legs (and the head if it's attached) off.
  • Gently peel the shell off. If you would l like to leave the tails on gently remove the shell up until the last segment of the shell.
  • To remove the vein, use a small pairing knife to cut a small slit in the back of the shrimp. About 1/4 inch through. Use the knife to gently remove the vein and discard.
  • Keep the shrimp cold in ice water until ready to use. Pat dry before using.
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Keywords: bay shrimp, how to, seafood