How to Peel Cooked Shrimp in 4 Easy Steps

Shrimp Peeling shrimp can be a very time consuming process and very frustrating for those who have never done it before. There are many different techniques on how to peel shrimp. You may need to find which one works...

Shrimp
Shrimp

Peeling shrimp can be a very time consuming process and very frustrating for those who have never done it before. There are many different techniques on how to peel shrimp. You may need to find which one works best for you.

Here are three easy steps on how to peel cooked shrimp.

  1. With the legs facing down, grip the shrimp between your thumb and forefinger on either side of it. With your other hand, grab the head with your other thumb and forefinger.
  2. With a downward snapping motion, remove the head completely from the shrimp and discard it.
  3. Still holding the shrimp with one hand use your other hand to remove all of the legs. Preferably in one single motion. This will make it easier to remove the remaining shell.
  4. Once this is done, you can pry the remaining shell and slide it backwards off of the shrimp meat.

If the previous steps were completely sufficiently, the shell should pull away in one piece fairly easily. This will hopefully give you a clean and undamaged shrimp with no shell remnants. Additionally, the above technique can also work on raw shrimp but may be more difficult to do because it can be harder to peel uncooked shrimp.

If this method didn't work well for you the first time or two, don't despair! Cooking and all skills associated are a learning process. It may take practice, or you may develop your own technique that works best for you.

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