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Slightly OT: Shrimp Tails

reccitronreccitron Posts: 175
edited 7:57AM in EggHead Forum
In a dish that is not intended to be eaten with your hands, why do professional chefs leave the tails on shrimp? I see this in restaurants and on cooking shows all the time. I can see that if the shrimp are to be eaten with your hands then the tails would act as a handle but if I’m eating them with a fork I shouldn’t have to cut the tails off.

I have wondered this for a long time but have never heard a good explanation. I even sent the question to Food Network magazine but not sure if it will get answered.

Comments

  • Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
    My guess: A restaurant would only have to stock one type of shrimp for all the dishes they cook. To remove the tails for a dish would be too labor intensive so they are lazy and just leave them on. :(
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,019
    Bothers me as well.
    They do it for looks and it does make the shrimp look bigger.
    Darian
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,495
    maybe on some dishes the tail adds a little extra flavor? i would eat them either way, doesnt really bother me to eat shrimp from a soup with my hands :)
  • Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
    You use your hands? No wonder soup has never been my favorite. All these years I've been using a fork. :woohoo:
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Yup, they say the best flavor is in that last bit just in front of the tail. Supposed to suck the juice out too. Can't remember who 'they' are, but most likely came from the food network.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    reccitron: It is my opinion that the chefs that leave the tails on are focused more on appearance than the diners convenience. I think we can agree that shrimp do look 'nicer', and indeed bigger with the tails still attached, and I totally agree, it's annoying to remove tails from a utensil intended dish like a pasta or soup. For what it's worth, not 'all' chefs leave the tails on. :)
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,495
    if you ever peeled the tiny tasty maine shrimp you might understand why not all the tails are pealed off :laugh: its time consuming ;)



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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,495
    fork, hands, thats how you eat fishlessman stew ;)

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  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    Now that looks great!!
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 175
    Little Chef wrote:
    I think we can agree that shrimp do look 'nicer', and indeed bigger with the tails still attached,

    On decent sized shrimp, the tails do help with the appearance.
  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 175
    fishlessman wrote:
    if you ever peeled the tiny tasty maine shrimp you might understand why not all the tails are pealed off :laugh: its time consuming ;)

    I can't say that I have had Maine shrimp but I have cooked with small shrimp before. You have to peel the other part of the shrimp. How much more time does it take to pinch off the tail? Sometimes the small shrimp have thin shells and the shells are a lot harder to get off than the tails.
  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 175
    That fishlessman stew looks great. I wouldn't know where to start on eating that but would love to try. I might have to make something like that soon.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,019
    Looks like you might need to get a foot in there as well to hold the plate...
    Darian
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,495
    seems half the liittle shrimp comes off pinching the tail off when cleaning it ;)
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Well, personally I leave the tails on for soups and stews, and I bite them off of live shrimp going on a hook for bait, but that is just me :P :woohoo:

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    If they are fried I'm eatin em. Tails and all.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    and a weedwacker :laugh:
  • redneck6497redneck6497 Posts: 177
    Leaving the whole shell on retains most if not all of the moisture that is often lost in direct grilling. I have made amazing grilled shrimp by leaving the shell on. Give it a try sometime.
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