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How to thaw shrimp

How to Thaw Shrimp

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


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.


  • 1 pound frozen shrimp


  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

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