How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

There is a right way to thaw your frozen shrimp without compromising the quality and taste, and most important keep the shrimp from bacteria that could make you ill. Thawing shrimp improperly will make it mushy and is not healthy.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
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Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • Pan that fits below the colander
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
Step 1:

Take frozen shrimp out of the bag and place into a colander.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
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Step 2:

Seal the top of the colander with tin foil or plastic wrap.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
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Step 3:

Place the colander into a shallow pan to catch drops of water that will fall as the shrimp thaw. It is not recommended to just use a bowl because the shrimp will be sitting in the water from thawing and can absorb it, changing the quality and taste.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
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Step 4:

Leave your shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or for 12 hours. Take the shrimp out of the refrigerator, remove the cover and give a quick 10-second cold water rinse. The shrimp are now thawed and ready to cook or eat.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
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Tips & Warnings

  • For quick thawing, leave the shrimp in a bag with no leaks. Place the bag in a bowl with cool water and change the water every half hour until it's thawed.
  • You can also let cool water run over bag for quick thawing.
  • It is not recommended to thaw shrimp at room temperature because of the danger from bacteria.

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