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Jun 1, 2013 06:12 PM

Devein the lower ("belly") part of the shrimp

I bought some shrimps with heads on (yay!) at an asian market there is no vein running along the back that I can see but there is one on the underside-does that need to be removed?


I am frying the heads with the shrimp then discarding them, dont want to lose all that flavor

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    1. Yes, devein if you want (don't have to)

      Also, if you fry the heads, eat them for heavensake.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          my thoughts as well, eat the heads!

        2. I have posted this question about do people devein both sides of the shrimp. The consensus at the time was that most people do devein both sides.

          Do you need to devin the underside (belly)? Many do not. It is not as critical as the one on top.

          One is the digestive system, while the other is the nerve.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I see no reason whatsoever to take out the second "vein."

            1. re: pikawicca

              I've never deveined a shrimp belly, and I've eaten a LOT of fresh shrimp (that's a good thing...)

          2. Never heard of, nor seen that done before. I sure wouldn't bother.

            1. not to be gross but... it is a shrimp... what is it going to have in its digestive system that is anymore evolved than are eating a shrimp...

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              1. re: girloftheworld

                That's not gross at all and I thank you for pointing it out. It's the RARE occasion that I devein at all.