Must-Have Tools for Shrimp - Rachael Ray Every Day

Must-Have Tools for Shrimp

What’s the best way to peel and devein raw shrimp? We put a bunch of tools to the test and found three standouts.
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oxo shrimp deveiner

Easiest overall: Shrimp deveiner

Our kitchen usually gives the side-eye to single-purpose tools, but this gem won them over. The tapered plastic point practically does the work for you—insert it under the shell, push to split the shell (making it easier to pull off) and remove the vein in one swift motion. (Shrimp Cleaner, $7, oxo.com)

paring knife

Chef’s go-to: Paring knife

That little guy in your knife block is the perfect size for shrimp prep and the weapon of choice for most cooking pros. Peel off the legs and shell by hand, starting from the underside of the shrimp. Then make a cut along the back and remove the vein with the knife tip.

peel shrimp toothpick

Most Macgyver-y: Toothpick

Keep these multitaskers around—they’re surprisingly effective! Peel off the legs and shell by hand, starting from the underside of the shrimp. Poke a toothpick crosswise through the shrimp about 1/2 inch up from the tail so it is just under the vein (almost touching). Gently pull the toothpick up and out of the shrimp, bringing the vein along with it.

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