Shrimp is a delightful and interesting food for both seafood lovers and those who are not. It could even be more delectable with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of spices. Perhaps the only challenging part with eating shrimp is peeling it. Of course, seafood lovers know how to peel and eat shrimp without the hassle. But those who are planning to try shrimp for the first time, peeling and eating it can be challenging.
Here’s how you should peel and eat shrimp:
1. Prepare the shrimp. Some people are okay with eating shrimp without cooking it. But some people find it nasty. To be safe, better boil or steam the shrimp first to prepare it for peeling and eating.
First, wash the shrimp with tap water. You may not do this if you bought sealed fresh shrimp. But never miss the washing step if you bought the shrimp from a public market.
Second, cut the vein at the back of each shrimp. You’ll easily identify it for its dark color. You may not do this before boiling or steaming, though. That vein adds flavor for the shrimp. If you want to add shrimpy flavor, you can leave cutting of the veins after cooking the shrimp.
Third, boil or steam the shrimp. It is better you steam the shrimp if you want to enhance the flavor. But this may take more time than boiling. Boiling, on the other hand, will leave the shrimp flavor out but will be faster than steaming.
2. Cool down the shrimp. Let the shrimp cool down by either waiting for it to cool down or rinsing it off with cold water. Letting it to cool down is ideal for preserving the shrimp flavor because rinsing with cold water may remove some of the flavor.
3. Peel the shrimp. The shrimp shell is softer than other seafood with shell so it’s not really difficult to peel it off. The only challenge is peeling the shrimp lightly so that you won’t accidentally tear the shrimp.
When peeling, remove the head of the shrimp first. Hold the head with your thumb and index fingers and twist it.
Second, peel the shrimp shell from the body. Hold the shrimp tail and turn it so as you are facing the shrimp legs. Take off the shrimp shell starting from the shrimp legs. Do this until all the shells, except the tail, are removed. The tail will add beauty when you arrange the shrimp.
4. Arrange the shrimp. You can hang the peeled shrimps on a cocktail glass. Add a dip on the glass or simply put a squeeze of lemon on the shrimps. Use your creativity on this step to make the shrimp more interested for eating.
5. Eat the shrimp. Hold the shrimp tail and eat the body. You can dip the shrimp to its sauce before eating it. You can eat the part with the tail if you wish to. It won’t hurt your stomach if you have eaten the shell, anyway.
Peeling and eating shrimp is not really difficult especially if you are interested to try this seafood. In fact, it can be fun!