The secret to perfect grilled shrimp that would put a top restaurant to shame is in the preparation. Since shrimp shouldn’t be overcooked, a lot of the magic happens before the shrimp even goes on the grill. In this guide I’ll show you just how to put together perfectly grilled shrimp with very little fuss.
Should you devein shrimp? It really depends. When you remove the vein, you are actually removing the shrimp’s stomach and any filth it may have picked up. However, if your shrimp was farmed in safe waters, deveining is usually not necessary and the veins are edible (don’t be squeamish!). If you want to stay on the safe side, especially for big shrimp where the vein may affect the flavor, use a paring knife to make a slit above the vein and use a toothpick to pick it out. You don’t want to risk using the knife to pick out the vein as people have had far too many accidents that way, and it takes practice.