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HOW TO: Eat Heads-On Shrimp


After a post in Weekends in a French Kitchen, there was some talk amongst the bloggers about how to peel and eat heads-on shrimp. I decided I should rope in the Kitchen Elves for a tutorial. Here we go...

A quick note on preparation: I boiled these with some Old Bay, sprinkled them with more Old Bay and a dash of salt, and drizzled them with melted butter. Then the Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf squeezed fresh lemon juice over the top.


Okay. Ready? You have your whole shrimp, head and all...


Twist off the head and suck out the juice. Seriously. It's the best part! Well, maybe not the best part, but it's definitely part of the experience. For the record, only my mini-boys and I suck the shrimp heads. My husband says that Filipino by marriage doesn't mean he has to eat like a Filipino. Fair enough. More for us!


Use your fingers to peel down one side; the legs will stay connected to one side or other other. As you peel down - towards the tail - you'll be able to pull that tail off easily.


Here you go. All set to eat!


The remains of our heads-on shrimp feast and the end of my tutorial. I hope you try it and enjoy the shrimp.

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