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How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp

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Shrimp is an almost perfect food, low in calories and high in protein and knowing how to cook frozen raw shrimp is a skill that all cooks should have. 

Grilled shrimp with dipping sauce

Thawing the Shrimp

Frozen raw shrimp should be thawed first. Run the shrimp under cold water to thaw till they become soft. 

Cleaning the Shrimp

After thawing the shrimp you need to clean them, that is, peel and de-vein them. Remove the shell with your fingers. Then take a knife and remove the vein which runs along the top of the shrimp, from head to tail.

Cooking the Shrimp


Many favour boiling shrimp, but poaching is a better and easier method. Boiling usually overcooks the shrimp, poaching is gentler and keeps the shrimp juicy and soft.


Place the shrimp in a simmering water or sauce. Let the shrimp cook till they turn pink and their tails curl up. 



Another method is to sauté the shrimp. Pour some oil or butter in a frying pan. Place the shrimp in the pan when the butter or oil is hot. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes, cooking both sides till they become pink and their tails curl up. . 


Marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before cooking. Cook on the grill till they turn pink on both sides. Grilling shrimp does not take time, so you need to monitor the cooking closely.


Frying shrimp is easy. Simply make a batter out of flour and eggs, or coat the shrimp in coconut starch. Heat oil in a pan and place the shrimps gently. Cook them till they turn golden brown. Remove the shrimp from the pan and drain the excess oil using a paper towels.

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How To Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp