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How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp

This is how to cook frozen raw shrimp in the oven, an air fryer, on the stove, on the grill or frozen shrimp Instant Pot style. You can go straight out of the freezer, rock hard to perfectly pink and tender in no time with these tips.

Then serve this low carb high protein meal on a bed of rice, inside tacos or as kabobs with vegetables too. From small to large pieces of seafood it doesn’t take long to save dinner when you forgot to defrost it first.

how do you cook raw frozen shrimp on the stove

Cooking frozen raw shrimp has never been easier. We are sharing all the things, and kitchen hacks, with you here today. As you know I love experimenting with cooking frozen meat to tender. Why? I’m forgetful and I assume you are as well so let’s be a hot mess together shall we. 😉 (affiliate links present)

How Long to Bake Frozen Shrimp

Over the years I have been adding to this list. Once we got to the last one, today, I thought I’d make a big roundup of them all to share with y’all. I mean, you might need it right about now right?? Below we will share the last but not least, shrimp frozen in the oven. Literally takes like 5 minutes friends. Seriously.

Before that one was our second to last share which was surprisingly amazing, we used our Traeger for that one. Yep, grilling frozen shrimp in foil packets is not only possible but delicious! If you’re a huge fan for cooking outdoors you will have to try that one too. I mean, try them all and see which is your fave.

How Long to Bake Frozen Shrimp

What is the Best Way to Cook Frozen Shrimp?

That depends on your preferences. If you use a pan on the stove or cook in the oven in a casserole dish you can cook with a sauce which will add a lot of flavor. Steamed in a pot on the stove or pressure cooker won’t be as flavorful but I think gives you the best texture so you should try them all and decide for yourself!

Yes thawed shrimp is quick and easy to cook but there isn’t a huge difference when all you have are bags of frozen shrimp on hand. Don’t fret, you can still save dinnertime and not reach the hangry level. That is no fun. You will want a baking sheet if you’re going to bake in the oven, and this stuff;

  • 12-16 oz frozen shrimp raw, peeled, deveined, medium size is ideal
  • Some salt and pepper are a given
  • Garlic powder
  • Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • Butter melted or you could use olive oil instead

If you needed this to be dairy free there is a vegan plant based product out there that is quite good. I buy it for my husband and use it frequently, even to bake with. You can find it next to the other sticks so give that a whirl, or just use oil instead.

How to Cook Frozen Shrimp

How to Cook Shrimp From Frozen in Oven

We are NOT using pre cooked pieces for any of these. Just don’t, you’re just basically cooking them twice if that is what you buy. There is just no way of saving those babies, go for raw every single time for any and all shrimp recipes you may want to make.

  • When baking frozen fish in the oven you want to make sure your pieces aren’t overlapping.
  • Mix together frozen shrimp and spices. Set aside.
  • Place a baking sheet into the oven. Heat the broiler on high heat, with the baking sheet in the oven, for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove pan from oven. Sprinkle shrimp onto the baking sheet, and spread into a single layer. The baking sheet may sizzle and steam when you place the shrimp onto the hot baking sheet.
  • Return baking sheet to oven, making sure it’s about 6-8″ from the broiler coils and broil for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp turns opaque and pink and just begins to curve.
  • Remove from oven and place onto a serving plate.
  • After baking shrimp to perfection, use a pastry brush to spread melted butter onto the top. Re-season again if you’d like.

How do you know when shrimp is done? You do NOT want to overcook and dry these babies out. The key is to get them pink and opaque in color. The tails will slightly crinkle up to create a sort of 0 shape too as you can see here.

How can you tell if frozen shrimp is undercooked?

Undercooked shrimp retains a grayish or translucent color, which is how they look when raw. They will feel mushy or slimy to the touch and will not have the firm texture as they should be once properly cooked thru to a pretty pink.

Cook Shrimp From Frozen

How do you cook raw frozen shrimp on the stove?

If you thaw them first it will only take about 4 minutes total. You would just defrost, pat dry with paper towels, toss with olive oil and seasonings and cook over medium heat.

Do so until they turn pink on both sides. Frozen shrimp cooked on stovetop will need a bit of water. When pan is warm add 1/4 c liquid with as many as you’d like.

Cover with a lid for about 2 minutes on each side or rotating like this until thawed. Then drain liquid, add 1.5 tbsp olive oil, season, and cook 1-2 min on each side until nice and pink overall. Season with all the things when done and serve. Old Bay is one of our favorites for sure.

How to Cook Raw Frozen Shrimp in Air Fryer

This is a game changer y’all. You can add a bunch of flavor to the outside and you get a nice crispness on the outside while the centers stay tender. Follow our air fryer frozen shrimp instructions to try that one out.

How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp

How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp in Instant Pot

Surprisingly these don’t take any longer whether they were thawed beforehand or rock solid. I know, kinda’ weird but totally true. It literally only takes one minute if they are shelled, medium size pieces to get to perfectly pink. That is when you know they are done. You can add corn and potatoes too with our Instant Pot shrimp boil.

How long should frozen raw shrimp be cooked when boiling?

2-3 minutes for medium sizes is typical. It is best to season your liquid or they will be bland. Don’t start cook time until the water is boiling, then add the frozen raw shrimp directly into the pot. Stir gently to ensure they are all submerged. Boil the shrimp until they are opaque and pink in color.

What is the best way to thaw frozen raw shrimp?

The best way to thaw frozen shrimp quickly would be to submerge into a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes. Never use hot liquids to do so as it will start the cooking process and the texture will be weird, and increase the likelihood of growing bacteria.

We share how long can you freeze meat here. If you do have the time it is always best if you had the time to defrost meat first.

Now that you have all the choices, click on the blue link above that you want, or jump to recipe below for baking. They are great as is with some veggies on the side, or dunk into shrimp cocktail sauce or our bang bang shrimp sauce! If you do have leftovers let them cool, store in sealed freezer bags in the fridge for up to 3 days. Then reheat in microwave for 45 seconds.

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How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp

This is how to cook frozen raw shrimp in the oven, an air fryer, on the stove or in your Instant Pot. Rock hard to perfectly pink and tender.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, baked, frozen shrimp, instant pot, oven, raw shrimp, stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 82kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together frozen shrimp and spices. Set aside. Place a baking sheet into the oven. Heat the broiler on high, with the baking sheet in the oven, for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove pan from oven. Sprinkle shrimp onto the baking sheet, and spread into a single layer. The baking sheet may sizzle and steam when you place the shrimp onto the hot baking sheet.
  • Return baking sheet to oven, making sure it's about 6-8" from the broiler coils and broil for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp is opaque and pink and just begins to curve.
  • Remove from oven and place onto a serving plate. Using a pastry brush, spread melted butter onto the shrimp.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 0.3g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.01g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 291IU6%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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William Gregory

Saturday 11th of March 2023

I would like to point you to the cook book "The Wok" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. In it he says the chinese secret to cooking frozen shrimp is to defrost the frozen shrimp in a brine solution at room temperature for 15 minutes, no need to add ice cubes as the frozen shrimp will keep the shrimp cold enough. The brine is 2.5 percent salt and 2 percent baking soda. Then drain and pat dry the shrimp before frying. It will definitely yield great tasting shrimp.

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