How to Clean Shrimp

raw shrimp

In this post and video I want to show you how to clean shrimp. This is a tedious but very necessary step that you should never skip when cooking shrimp.

Shrimp have a black vein that runs down their back which is their intestine. When you don’t remove it your shrimp is rather gritty and has an off flavor to it.

Once you have peeled the shrimp you need to remove that black vein using a small paring knife. I like working under running water and using a paper towel to wipe off the vein. Simply make a slit where you see the vein and carefully pull it out. This will take work but I cannot stress enough how important it is to do so.

If you are ever at a restaurant and you order shrimp and you can see the black vein on it (or part of it after biting into the shrimp) send it back and order something else. You have just had a nice bite of shrimp poop.

In this video I went ahead and removed the bottom vein as well. This is not really necessary but I do so sometimes. The top one on the back is important.

Your hands will probably smell after you are done with this process. I wash them and then rub them with fresh lemon. This will take care of it.

Here is a short video on how to clean shrimp/ I hope it helps!

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

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