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How to Make Shrimp for Sushi 04:28

Macku Chan

Tiger shrimp is easy to prepare and one of the most essential items in sushi.

How to Make Shrimp for Sushi 04:28

Macku Chan

Tiger shrimp is easy to prepare and one of the most essential items in sushi.

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The Steps

  1. 1. Straighten the shrimp with one hand. With the other hand, insert a wooden skewer between the shell and body along what would be considered the "backbone," from head to tail. Repeat this process with the remaining shrimp. 00:27

  2. 2. Add salt to a pot of boiling water then add the skewered shrimp. Allow the shrimp to cook for about 30 seconds, gently moving the shrimp in the water to ensure even cooking. Then remove the shrimp and place them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. 00:58

  3. 3. Remove the skewers from the shrimp. Peel the shrimp, removing the entire shell and tail. 01:46

  4. 4. Place the shrimp flat on its side on a cutting board. Cut off a small, angled corner from the head and tail. Then make a long slit down the belly from head to tail, making sure not to cut all the way through. Open the body flat into an open butterfly position. 02:47

  5. 5. Place each shrimp back in the ice water bowl to clean any remaining veins, shells, or other non-edible remnants. Dab both sides of the shrimp with a towel to dry then use in sushi. If desired, marinate the shrimp in vinegar for a short time to "cook" the shrimp a bit more and also strengthen the flavor before using. 03:28

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Wooden skewers
- Saucepan
- Large bowl
- Knife
- Cutting board

Ingredients

- Shrimp
- Ice water
- Salt
- Vinegar (optional)

Chef Notes

Black tiger shrimp is the preferred variety for sushi because it produces the most beautiful color when cooked.

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Macku Chan is first and foremost a student of sushi and Japanese cuisine. He’ll tell you that the Japanese eat fish seasona... read more