Make Shrimp Peel Easier
by lisa vice
(thomasville al clarke)
Is there anything to add to shrimp while or after boiling to make them easier to peel?
Not that I know of, but I can tell you that white shelled shrimp are easier to peel than brown shelled shrimp. The reason being is that white shrimp have a thinner shell than brown shrimp.
Another thing that makes shrimp easier to peel, is when they are cooked just right.
Here's how I tell when my shrimp are perfectly cooked. (this will work for cooking headless shrimp only)
While the shrimp are cooking, reach in with a pair of tongs and grab you a shrimp. Look at the head part of the shrimp to see if the shell is breaking away from the shrimp.
What you will want to see is about a 1/32nd to 1/16th inch gap between meat and shell.
Once you have this gap it is very important to drain the shrimp and then place them in a ice water bath to stop the cooking.
Another option is to buy what they call easy peel shrimp. This where they have made a cut down the back to remove the sand vein. Once these are cooked just right, they are super easy to peel.
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