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I think what you are seeing may be the hepatopancreas. From a Serious Eats article about shrimp heads: There could be nothing sweeter and tastier than those shrimp heads. For in their armored shells you will find the hepatopancreas, the digestive organ that in lobsters and crabs would be called tomalley. Shrimp hepatopancreas tastes like tomalley, ...


I think it must be the shrimp equivalent of the green lobster roe (or maybe tomalley). When raw, the roe is greenish, when cooked it turns solid and a bright red/orange.

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