How To Devein Shrimp

How To Devein Shrimp

Course: How to
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: shrimp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn how to devein shrimp in two easy ways. For step-by-step instructions, we also included a video tutorial to show you the process.




  1. Pull off the head if it is still attached. Peel off the outer shell. It's easier to peel from the 3rd segment from the head. In this recipe, I'll keep the last segment of shell and the tail tip on (which is how we make shrimp tempura).
    Prep Shrimp 1
  2. Devein the back of shrimp with a skewer. The vein runs right along the back. Insert the tip of the skewer sideways about ½ inch down from the head of the shrimp and pull the skewer tip up towards you. This will lift up the vein and you can pull off the vein with the skewer or with your hand. If vein is broken, then insert again a bit lower towards the tail. If you can’t find the vein, then don’t worry about it.
    Prep Shrimp 2
  3. Sprinkle some potato/corn starch and coat the shrimp. Potato/corn starch will absorb the smell and dirt from the shrimp. Rinse the shrimp under running water.
    Prep Shrimp 6
  4. [Optional] To get rid of smell, you can add 1-2 Tbsp. of sake and rub with hands. Discard the liquid after 10 minutes (no need to rinse).
    Prep Shrimp 7

Recipe Notes

You can still devein the same way with shell on.


Equipment you will need:



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