- Is the line on shrimp feces?
- Can you eat the vein in shrimp?
- What is the black line under shrimp?
- Is it okay to eat the black line in shrimp?
- Is it OK to eat the poop in shrimp?
- Is it OK to eat the black line in shrimp?
- Is frozen shrimp deveined?
- Can you get sick if you don’t devein shrimp?
The dark line that runs down the back of the shrimp isn’t really a vein. It’s an intestinal track, brown or blackish in color, and is the body waste, aka poop. Deveining cooked shrimp is more difficult and annoying because the intestinal track becomes cooked and tends to break off in small pieces.
* You can’t eat shrimp that hasn’t been deveined. If you were to eat the shrimp raw, the thin black “vein” that runs through it could cause harm. That’s the shrimp’s intestine, which, like any intestine, has a lot of bacteria. So it’s all right to eat cooked shrimp, “veins” and all.
The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is an intestinal tract of unappetizing grit. While shrimp can be cooked and eaten with or without the vein, most people prefer it removed for taste and presentation. And deveining shrimp is very easy to do.
The black vein that runs along the shrimp’s back is its intestinal tract. Since the shrimp feed on plankton, that is what is contained in the vein in various stages of digestion. It is completely edible.
The black, slimy “vein” below the flesh of the shrimp is actually the shrimp’s digestive tract. Sometimes it is easy to see and other times it is barely visible. It is not harmful to the human body if consumed, and the rationale for removing the tract is based largely on aesthetics.
It is completely edible. If you still want to remove it, cook and shell the shrimp, pull off a narrow strip on its back, peel the strip down to the tail revealing the dark line, and with a small knife remove the tract. If any of it remains, don’t give it a second thought. Q.
The reason you want them deveined is that you won’t be able to take the veins out yourself while they’re frozen and it will be hard, if not impossible to do after they’re cooked as well. So deveined shrimp are required. If the shrimp are bought frozen from the store, they are usually frozen separately.
Chances are you won’t get sick from shrimp (whether or not it’s deveined) unless it’s undercooked. Only buy shrimp that’s been refrigerated, hasn’t passed expiration, doesn’t have an odor, and looks shiny and translucent.