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Cleaning and Preparing Shrimp

Many varieties of shrimp are found in the waters of Puget Sound, with spot shrimp leading the pack in popularity. No matter what kind you catch, shrimp are very fragile and die quickly once they’re out of the water. To keep this shellfish fresh for eating, shrimpers often clean their catch immediately after hauling it in. Once you’ve pulled in your pot and checked the limit according to WDFW shrimp-fishing rules.

Items you’ll need to clean and transport shrimp include:

  • sharp paring knife
  • cutting board
  • ice chest and ice

Clean and Prepare

  • Cut off the head of the shrimp with a knife or pull the head away from the body.
  • Pull off the feet.
  • Peel the hard shell away from the body, leaving the tail
  • Remove the vein (thin, black string that runs the length of the shrimp) with the paring knife.
  • Put the shrimp in a container or plastic bag and place in the cooler on ice until you get home.