How to peel and clean shrimp and prawns

Cleaning, or “deveining” shrimp means taking off the shrimp shell and removing the vein that runs along the back.

This video shows you how to peel and devein shrimp quickly and easily, with just a kitchen paring knife.

You can often find raw shrimp that have already been deviened and/or peeled. This is fine, as long as the shrimp is still raw. Pre-cooked shrimp that have been frozen, or sitting in a grocery store cooler, are sad, flavorless, rubbery things that are unworthy of your kitchen.


– Chef Perry



Prawns and Pickled Cucumber Salad with Cheesy Toast

Tonight’s test recipe: “Prawns and Pickled Cucumber Salad, with Cheesy Toast”.
This did not suck.
Look for it on next week’s menu!

Prawns and Pickled Cucumber Salad (7a)

Yield: 2 servings           Active Time: 15 min.    Total Time: 1 hr.

1 1/4 cups rice vinegar
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 tsp red-pepper flakes
2/3 lb peeled jumbo prawns
1 cup sliced red onion
1/2 lb halved and sliced cucumber.
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Bring rice vinegar, agave nectar, and red-pepper flakes to a boil. Add shrimp and simmer until cooked through, about 3 min.

Stir in sliced red onion and cucumber.

Serve chilled with cilantro sprigs.