Is there a better way to peel and devein shrimp?
Here is one way taught to me by a professional chef that I can recommend to you.
The easiest way I know to peel and devein shrimp is to buy them already done. The problem with that is
- They cost more money
- They are less protected against freezing
- There are times when you just want the shell and tail left on especially if you are going to barbecue them.
Just so you know, almost all shrimp you buy at your local grocery store behind the glass have been frozen and defrosted for you. So why not just wait until there is a great sale on frozen shrimp and purchase a bag to keep in your freezer. They are easy to defrost and it’s great having them on hand for a quick appetizer or to use to make dinner.
Defrosting Mistake I’ve Made For Years
I typically defrost frozen shrimp by removing them from the bag, putting them in a bowl and running water over them. WRONG. I just learned that water should never touch the shrimp or they will lose flavor.
(And I’m not so sure shrimp has that much flavor to start with…it’s all about what you cook or dip them in that makes them taste so good.)
Better Idea – A better idea would be to remove the shrimp you need, put them in a zip lock bag and either let them defrost in the refridgerator overnight or run them under cold water in the bag. You never want to defrost them in the microwave because you just may cook them some before you even get started.
What About the Peel and Tail?
Depending on how you are going to cook them and how you are going to present them determines whether I live them on or not. If I’m making a scampy or using the shrimp in a pasta dish, I like to remove both the peel and the tail.
Don’t you just hate when restaurants leave the tail on and you don’t know what to do with it. Is it polite to grab it with your fingers and what are you suppose to do with it once you bite it off?
Now if I’m going to grill shrimp, I sometimes leave the peel and tail on to keep the meat moist and then remove it just before serving or let my guests remove them. You have to be careful not to burn the shells or they can leave an unpleasant taste to the meat.
A quick and easy tip when grilling shrimp with just the tails is to wrap the tail in tin foil and remove it before serving. This will keep the tip from burning on a hot grill messing up the presentation.
Some More To Know About Cooking With Shrimp