3 Ways to Peel and Devein Shrimp


Peeling and deveining shrimp can be a time-consuming task, but it is essential for creating delicious and visually appealing seafood dishes. In this article, we will discuss three different methods to peel and devein shrimp to make the process as easy as possible.

Method 1: Using Your Hands

  1. Rinse the shrimp thoroughly with cold water.
  2. Hold the shrimp in one hand, with your thumb on the underside of its body.
  3. Gently pull the legs off of the shrimp’s body.
  4. Gently grasp the shell between your thumb and forefinger and begin peeling from the head end toward the tail, removing the entire shell in one piece if possible.
  5. To remove the vein, use a small pairing or deveining knife to make a shallow incision along the back of the shrimp.
  6. Use the tip of your knife or your fingers to gently remove the vein and discard.

Method 2: Using a Shrimp Deveiner

  1. Rinse the shrimp thoroughly with cold water.
  2. Insert the tip of a shrimp deveiner into the tail end of the shrimp, sliding it under the shell along its back.
  3. Gently push the deveiner forward, towards the head of the shrimp, while simultaneously lifting up on the edge of the shell to remove it in one piece.
  4. As you reach near the head, slightly twist and pull on the deveiner which causes it to take out the vein along with shell effectively.

Method 3: Using Scissors

  1. Rinse your shrimps with cold water.
  2. With a pair of kitchen scissors, snip through both sides of shrimp’s shells starting from its head all away down to tail.
  3. Carefully spread open out peeled shell layers then lift out shrimp.
  4. To remove vein use a small pairing or deveining knife, make a shallow incision along the back of shrimp, and gently take out the vein and discard it.


Peeling and deveining shrimp does not have to be a difficult process. With these three methods using your hands, a shrimp deveiner, or scissors, you can choose the one that works best for you. Regardless of which method you prefer, always remember to rinse your shrimp thoroughly before cooking and thoroughly wash your utensils and workspace after handling raw seafood. Happy cooking!

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