How to Thaw Shrimp Quickly

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Here's a great method to quickly thaw shrimp. It only takes 5 minutes!

Shrimp are often frozen in the pot after being caught. This is the best way to get them fresh and tasty. All you have to do to start cooking them is spend a few minutes defrosting them. But keep in mind that if you're in a hurry you can cook totally frozen shrimp and they are amazing. However, if you still want to defrost them before cooking, the information is below.

Here's how to thaw shrimp quickly:

Place the shrimp in a bowl that is twice the size of the amount of shrimp you have. Here I have 24 medium shrimp (51-60 counts) and I have used a medium bowl.

Fill the bowl with cold tap water.

Keep the tap running smoothly until the shrimp are thawed. This will take about 5 minutes.

You will know that shrimp are completely thawed when they are flexible (hence not frozen in the center) and the color is no longer white, but rather translucent. I am holding a shrimp still frozen here and you can see that it is whiter and more opaque than the thawed shrimp in the bowl.

Once the shrimp are thawed, it's time to cook them. Here are my favorite methods:

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Here's a great method to quickly thaw shrimp. It only takes 5 minutes!


  • 24 medium shrimp
  • tap water


  1. Put the shrimp in a medium bowl. *
  2. Fill the container with tap water.
  3. Keep the tap running smoothly in the bowl.
  4. When shrimp are less opaque, less white, and flexible if you try to bend them, they thaw. It takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain the water.


* Note: If you use more shrimp or larger shrimp, use a larger bowl. You want the bowl to be twice the size of your shrimp pile.

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