3 ways to thaw frozen shrimp

3 ways to thaw frozen shrimp
3 ways to thaw frozen shrimp

Shrimp are a delicious variety of seafood that you can use in many recipes. In most cases, they are quickly frozen individually (IQF which comes from the English word Individual Quick Frozen) after being caught at sea. Buy those that are thawed only if you are sure that they are fresh and that they are not. have never been frozen before. Once home, you can defrost them quickly by immersing them in cold water. Alternatively, you can put them in a covered soup tureen and let them thaw in the fridge overnight, then eat them the next day. If you're short on time, you can speed up the thawing process by putting them in boiling water for a minute.


Method 1 of 3: Thaw the shrimp in cold water

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Step 1. Place frozen shrimp in a colander or sieve

Simply take out the amount you need for the recipe from the freezer, then carefully seal the package and put the rest back inside. Transfer the frozen shrimp to a colander or sieve.

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Step 2. Place the colander in a large bowl filled with cold water

Fill a soup tureen inside the sink with cold running water. Put the colander with the shrimp in the water and let them submerge for 10 minutes. Make sure they are all completely submerged.

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Step 3. Change the water

Remove the colander filled with shrimp from the bowl of water. Then discard this water, then fill the bowl again with clean, cool water. Return the colander to the water and check again to make sure all the shrimp are fully submerged.

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Step 4. Let them thaw for ten to twenty minutes

After this time, they should be completely thawed, but will still be cold.

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Step 5. Remove them and dab them to dry

Lift the colander out of the container and let the water run out. Transfer the shrimp to a dish and pat them dry with a paper towel before cooking and using them in your recipe.

Method 2 of 3: Defrost shrimp in the refrigerator

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Step 1. Take them out of the freezer

Just remove the amount you need for your recipe and, if necessary, return the rest to the freezer immediately after tightly closing the package. If that's all the shrimp you need, you can thaw them even inside the box or bag they're in.

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Step 2. Put them in a container with a lid

If you prefer, you can use a soup tureen and cover it with foil. The important thing is that the shrimp are protected from the air.

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Step 3. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight

Place the covered container in the refrigerator to gradually thaw them. It will take around 12 hours, so the next day they will be ready to cook and eat.

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Step 4. Rinse and dry them

Transfer them to a colander and rinse them under cold running water to remove any ice particles, then dry them by dabbing them gently with a paper towel.

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Step 5. Use them within 48 hours

Once thawed, they should be cooked and eaten within two days to keep them fresh and safe to eat. You can also freeze them again during this time, if you want.

Method 3 of 3: Thaw shrimp in boiling water

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Step 1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan

Use enough water to completely submerge the thawed shrimp. Place the pot on the heat and heat the water over medium high heat to bring it to a boil.

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Step 2. Place the shrimp in boiling water for one minute

When the water has boiled, carefully add the shrimp and allow them to thaw for 60 seconds.

If the frozen shrimp are attached to each other and form a single block, separate them before submerging them in boiling water

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Step 3. Remove the shrimp from the water

Turn off the heat and remove them from the pot using a slotted spoon to drain them.

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Step 4. Dab the shrimp dry before cooking

Place them on paper towels and gently dab them to absorb excess water. They won't be cooked yet, if you leave them in boiling water for a minute. In fact, it just allows them to be thawed. It is therefore important to cook them properly before eating them.


  • Let the shrimp thaw completely before cooking for good results.
  • Avoid leaving seafood in the open (out of the refrigerator) for more than an hour before cooking or storing it to avoid exposure to food poisoning.


  • Eating raw seafood puts you at risk of food poisoning. Cook them before eating them.
  • Buying frozen shrimp from the frozen food section of the supermarket is safer than taking the ones that were previously frozen and then thawed and sold at the seafood counter.
  • Thawing shrimp in the microwave can soften them and change their taste. It is therefore preferable to use another method.

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