How to Thaw Shrimp

Here are the best ways for how to thaw shrimp! Whether you think ahead the night before or only have 15 minutes, we’ve got you covered.

How to thaw shrimp

Making shrimp for dinner? Frozen shrimp is convenient for weeknight dinners: because shrimp cooks so quickly, dinner can be on the table in no time! But how to get from frozen to dinner? We’ve got a few different methods: whether you’re thinking about it the day before (go you!) or the moment your stomach is rumbling. Here’s how to thaw shrimp!

How to thaw shrimp: Refrigerate the night before!

The best and easiest method for how to thaw shrimp? Toss them in the refrigerator the night before. Yes, if you think ahead: defrosting shrimp takes no effort at all. All you need is to let them do their thing in the fridge. Here are a few things to note about this method:

  • It takes about 12 hours for the shrimp to defrost in the refrigerator.
  • Once they’re defrosted, use them within 48 hour.

How to thaw shrimp: the 15 minute method!

If you’re like us, and we assume you are, you probably didn’t think ahead about your frozen shrimp. It’s dinnertime, and your stomach is already rumbling. Never fear: we’ve got a method that takes about 15 minutes (give or take a few minutes based on the size of the shrimp). Here’s how to thaw shrimp the day of cooking:

  • Remove the shrimp from the package and place them in a large bowl of very cold water.
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Stir the bowl every 5 minutes to break up clumps that freeze together.
  • The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp (very large shrimp can take up to 20 minutes).

That’s it! Go forth and eat.

How to defrost shrimp
The 15 minute method: place the shrimp in a bowl of cold water!

A few of our favorite shrimp recipes

Once you’ve thawed your shrimp, you probably already have a recipe in mind. But could we convince you to try one of these favorites?

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How to thaw shrimp

How to Thaw Shrimp


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound 1x

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Here are the best ways for how to thaw shrimp! Whether you think ahead the night before or only have 15 minutes, we’ve got you covered.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen shrimp

Instructions

  1. Night before: Remove the shrimp from the package and place it in a container with a cover in the refrigerator. The shrimp will be ready in 12 hours (once they are thawed, use them within 48 hours.
  2. Day of: Remove the shrimp from the package and place them in a large bowl of very cold water for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to break up clumps that freeze together. The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Defrosting
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: How to thaw shrimp

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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