...Prepare raw prawns for cooking with the shell on

Step by step

1 To remove the intestinal tract, bend the prawn a little at the point where the head meets the tail. Using a small knife or cocktail stick, isolate and break the intestinal tract. Bend the prawn before the last tail section, to separate the tail sections. Using the point of a small knife or cocktail stick, hook the intestinal tract from underneath and gently tug at it.

2 As it has been released at the head end it should be possible to pull the intestinal tract through the length of the tail and out quite easily. Do not pull too firmly or it will break.

3 On larger prawns, you can tug and twist at the little triangular shell on top of the tail, which the intestinal tract is attached to, and gently pull out the tract.

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