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fresh shrimp in a bowl

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 33 large shrimp 1x


How to peel and devein shrimp is an easy kitchen skill to master.  Enjoy using freshly cleaned shrimp for all your favorite shrimp recipes.  Impress your dinner guests with fresh shrimp that looks and tastes amazing.


  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, roughly 33 large shrimp
  • Ice, for keeping the shrimp cold


Peeling by Hand

  1. Remove the legs.
  2. Using your thumb, crack the underside of the shell.  It is softer here, so it's easier to insert your thumb to remove the shell.  Peel around the base of the tail, and remove the shell.
  3. If you want to keep the tail on for presentation, then you can skip the next step.
  4. If you want to remove the tail for ease when eating, pinch the tail in the middle and pull it off.
  5. Rinse and drain the shells, and place in a freezer bag to freeze for later use.


  1. Using a sharp pairing knife, run the blade along the underside.  You will see a dark grey vein.  Use the tip of the knife to pull the string-like vein out, then wipe off the vein onto a paper towel, or rinse it off.  Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  2. Rinse the peeled and deveined shrimp under cold water and pat dry using a paper towel.
  3. Keep cool on ice and/or refrigerate until ready to cook.


  • Want to keep your hands a bit cleaner?  Use kitchen shears to remove the shell.
  • Insert the wooden toothpick closer to the tail section to make a small slit and pull out the vein.
  • Sprinkle on potato starch, rub it in then rinse it off to make shrimp extra clean after peeling and deveining.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Hand Peeling
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: peel and devein shrimp, cleaning shrimp, removing shells