How to cook shrimp perfectly

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Learn the steps to cook shrimp perfectly every time with this easy and delicious recipe.

Shrimp are wonderful. They're quick to defrost, quick to cook, and can be used in hundreds of easy recipes. This is why they are so popular!

There are many different ways to cook shrimp. It really depends on what you want to use them for. Shrimp are usually sold frozen (and if you buy them fresh, keep in mind that they were almost always pre-frozen, so I'm not sure what the point of buying them thawed is. But anyway). So you must thaw them first.

Here's how to thaw shrimp fast.

Note that you CAN cook frozen shrimp. In fact, I prefer poaching shrimp directly from frozen. They are fatter and juicier than if you thawed them first. Here's how to cook frozen shrimp. This is the best way to cook them for a shrimp cocktail.

You can also cook shrimp in the instant pot. This is a great way to get a really good pasta sauce and delicious cooked shrimp all in one.

And you can even cook shrimp in the fryer. Who knows!

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However, the most traditional way to cook shrimp is to quickly sauté (or fry) them in butter and garlic. That is what I am showing you how to do today. These little boys are so appetizing and tasty that you can do many things with them. You can put them on pasta, or put them on rice, or on some shrimp burritos, tacos or pitas. Try them on a sandwich or on potatoes. You can even mix them in eggs and eat shrimp for breakfast. The possibilities are endless. Let's do it…

Here's how to cook shrimp perfectly!

First, start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat until the butter melts. Shake it to mix it. The oil has a higher smoke point than butter, so using them together in this way protects the butter from burning.

Reduce heat to low. Add 1 minced garlic clove and, optionally, 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 24 medium shrimp (51-60 per pound), peeled and deveined. This is about half a pound and is essentially enough for two people.

If you use larger shrimp, the cook time below will be a little longer.

You can also go ahead and use shrimp that is peeled and deveined, but still has the tail. Those make a very good presentation for some dishes. However, I find that the garlic butter in the cola makes it difficult to collect and therefore I prefer not to use cola for this method. I use shrimp with shrimp cocktail tails. When I do, I usually poach the shrimp in hot water. That way, the tail is not so buttery and messy for when you pick it up.

So if it's finger shrimp, use shrimp with the tail and cook using the poaching method. If the shrimp are to be eaten with a fork, use the tailless shrimp and cook using this skillet method.

Stir the shrimp as they cook until they turn pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes.

Transfer the shrimp to a plate. You can use a slotted spoon and then leave the butter. Or tablespoon of the butter along with the shrimp. It is super tasty. One thing I like to do is cook pasta and then toss it with the shrimp and butter directly into the pan for a quick dinner.

But if you leave most of the butter in the pan, they will look like this. Wouldn't you like to be able to dive right into your phone and eat them now? Meeee tooooo!

Here's the recipe for cooking perfect shrimp in a more compact form:



Learn the steps to cook shrimp perfectly every time with this easy and delicious recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon. olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon. unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 24 medium shrimp (51–60 counts per pound, peeled, deveined, and tailless)


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Shake to mix.
  2. When butter melts, reduce heat to low and add garlic flakes and red pepper. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add salt and shrimp.
  4. Stir and cook until shrimp are pink and opaque, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. To serve.

12 shrimp2120.1 g1298.9 mg13.5 g1 g23 g197.7 mg

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