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Raw shrimp in a clear bowl.

How to Clean Shrimp

This quick and easy how-to for cleaning and deveining shrimp is used by caterers and culinary professionals for a very good reason. It always results in gorgeous, luscious shrimp for all your best recipes.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 113kcal


  • 1 pound shrimp or more


  • If shrimp are still in the shell, use a sharp scissors and cut along the middle back of each shrimp, leaving the tail intact.
  • Using a sharp paring knife, cut along the dark vein on the back of each shrimp and remove it. Rinse out the back of each shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Save shrimp shells in the freezer to make shrimp stock, if desired (see notes).


Calories: 113kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 91mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2mg