3 Ways to Thaw Shrimp

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3 Ways to Thaw Shrimp
3 Ways to Thaw Shrimp

Shrimp is a delicious seafood that can be used in numerous dishes. Most are frozen individually right after being caught. Only buy frozen shrimp if you are sure it is fresh and has never been thawed before! Thaw the shellfish quickly by submerging it in cold water. Another option is to place it in a covered bowl and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You can also leave it in boiling water for a minute to thaw it.


Method 1 of 3: Using Cold Water

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Step 1. Place the frozen shrimp in a colander or colander

Remove the desired amount from the freezer, reseal the package and store what is left, if necessary. Place the frozen seafood in a colander or sieve.

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Step 2. Leave the colander in a large bowl of cold water

Fill the bowl with water and place it in the kitchen sink. Insert the colander in the bowl so that the shrimp are completely submerged in the water and let it soak for 10 minutes.

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Step 3. Replace the water

Remove the strainer, discard the water and refill the bowl with cold tap water. Return the colander to the water and immerse the shrimp again. All shellfish must be completely submerged.

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Step 4. Allow to thaw for another 10 to 20 minutes

Shrimp should stay in cold water longer until completely thawed, but should still remain cold.

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Step 5. Remove from water and dry the shrimp

Remove the colander from the bowl and drain the water. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel or dish towel before cooking and using it in a recipe or on a plate.

Method 2 of 3: Thawing in Refrigerator

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Step 1. Remove shrimp from freezer

If you only want to use one serving, remove the necessary amount from the package, reseal it and return it to the freezer. You can also unfreeze the entire package at once.

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Step 2. Place the shrimp in a covered bowl with a tight lid or film

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Step 3. Thaw in refrigerator

Refrigerate the bowl and allow the seafood to gradually thaw overnight or for approximately 12 hours. It will be ready to use the next day.

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Step 4. Wash and dry

Place the shrimp in a colander or sieve and wash it under cold running water to remove any specks of ice. Then use a paper towel or a dish towel to pat them dry.

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Step 5. Use the shrimp within 48 hours

When defrosting, the shellfish should be used within the next 48 hours so that it is still fresh and safe for consumption. You can also freeze it again during this period if you wish.

Method 3 of 3: Using boiling water

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Step 1. Boil water in a large pot

Fill it with enough water to submerge the amount of shrimp you want to defrost. Place the pan over medium or high heat and let the water come to a boil.

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Step 2. Add the shrimp to the water and simmer for a minute when the water is bubbling

If they are stuck together, separate them before placing them in boiling water

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Step 3. Remove the shrimp from the water

Turn off the heat and use a perforated spoon to remove it from the boiling water.

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Step 4. Dry it before cooking it

Place the seafood on a paper towel or dish towel and pat it dry. Boiling for a minute does not cook the shrimp, it just defrosts it, so cook it well before eating it.


  • Thoroughly thaw shrimp before cooking for best results.
  • Do not leave shellfish out of the refrigerator for more than an hour before eating or store it to avoid foodborne illness.


  • Consumption of raw seafood can cause food poisoning. Cook them well before consuming them.
  • Buying shrimp from the frozen section of the supermarket is even safer than buying one that has already been frozen and thawed from the seafood counter.
  • Thawing it in the microwave can leave it a little shriveled and tasteless, so avoid using this method.

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