How to Clean & Butterfly Shrimp

Honestly, I find it a bit of a challenge getting through a shrimp shell with a knife , especially the jumbo guys. So I don’t bother. Grab your kitchen shears and snip away. This is the easiest way to clean and butterfly shrimp.

Get yourself:

  • Shrimp
  • Kitchen shears
  • Patience

Here’s about 1.5lbs of jumbo shrimp

In other words, a daunting mountain of shrimp that has to be cleaned

…dun, dun, dunnnnnnn…

I’m gonna help you make this process as painless as possible

Grab your shears…

Grip shrimp firmly and slip tip of shear under shell

Snip away

Stop when you get to the last ring of the shrimp shell

Now, pull both sides of the shell away from body

Pull shell off of body

Leave tail on

You’ll notice a dark vein running across the back of the shrimp

Pull that sucker out

…not good eats…

Rinse under water

The shrimp should be butterflied just from cutting through with the shears

If not deep enough, just slice through with a paring knife

and there you go…

Clean butterflied shrimp in a hot second

Big shout out to wifey for taking these DIY shots…


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