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Jan 7, 2008 04:50 PM

using frozen shrimp?

By accident my husband put the shrimp I bought into our freezer. I normally use shrimp the same day I buy it. When I want to use them, do I have to defrost them for a few hours, or do I just throw them into the pan frozen? Thanks.

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  1. If you spread them out on a baking sheet, they will thaw within an hour at room temp and you can shell them.

    1. Most shrimp in this country is frozen anyway. You can throw it into a bowl and run it under cold water and it will thaw in a couple of minutes.

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      1. re: bw2082

        Thanks, that sounds easy. I know it's all frozen previously which is why I would never think to refreeze it.

      2. i;m sure you already ate your shrimp but a good way to defrost shrimp is to defrost in a brine for 2 hrs. 1/4 cup of sugar and salt. dump in boiling water then pour several cups of cold water and ice cubes. put the unshelled shrimp in for 2 hrs in the fridge. drain then use. i learned this from rose beranbaum's blog of the cake bible fame. yes, rose. so odd. you'd think i'd be getting baking tips but i do that as well.

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        1. re: trolley

          2 hours sound like a long time, but it is in the fridge. shrimp in a room temp brine would defrost really quickly -- certainly no more than 10-20 minutes. voila, ready to cook!

          now, brining for plumpness, flavor, etc. is a different matter, and other threads have dealt with that (and were persuasive that it aids the shrimp texture and flavor):

        2. Run under cold water and they will thaw in a couple of minutes without added sugar or salt and a lot faster than letting them sit in the fridge for two hours.