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Sep 8, 2009 12:24 PM

Best Way to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

What's the best way to thaw frozen shrimp? Does an overnight thaw in the fridge yield better results than a quick thaw under running water? Is the texture and/or flavor better that way?

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  1. i rarely think sufficiently ahead to thaw them in the fridge :) my preferred method is to seal them in an airtight plastic bag and submerge in hot water.

    1. I have used both the overnight thaw in the fridge, and the quick thaw under cold running water with no discernible difference in texture or flavor.....


      1. To save water, I either place their bag or the loose shrimp in a small amount of water in a bowl or glass measuring and put it on "defrost" in the microwave for a few minutes. They defrost evenly and don't overheat or cook.

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        1. re: maestra

          maestra, may I ask what kind of microwave you have? Every one I've ever owned still cooks food on "defrost." I'm in the middle of a remodel and haven't purchased a new nuke yet. Maybe this time I can upgrade.

        2. I would never thaw (or recommend thawing) food in hot water; certainly not shrimp. I put it inside a tightly sealed plastic bag from which all (or nearly all) the air has been removed and let it sit in a pan of cold tap water. It thaws rather quickly but, if you want to speed it up a little bit, just change the water every fifteen minutes or so. If the sealed bag floats you can weight it down by placing a plate or similar object on top of it to weight it down.

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          1. re: todao

            i place the shrimp in a bowl, fill with cold wter under the tap, then leave the tap on flowing ever so slightly so the water is moving and overflowing - again slightly. takes 2- 3 minutes

            1. re: thew

              Agree with the cold water in the sink, I do this twice a week, then wrap the shrimp in paper towels to blot out the water, then repeat the paper towel business, and the shrimp get tossed in a bowl with my Caesar salad.

              1. re: thew

                Dear Thew, After 3 years, here's a question........when I rinse Cooked Shrimp that has been frozen, it tends to lose all flavor. By de-thawing in milk, will it keep some if it;s flavor?

              2. re: todao

                "I would never thaw (or recommend thawing) food in hot water; certainly not shrimp."
                why not? the water's not boiling, it doesn't cook the shrimp, just thaws it in a jiffy. it's the same method as yours, just warmer water. i probably do it on a weekly basis...

              3. I thaw my frozen shrimp in milk. If there is any fishy smell ( or taste) in the shrimp, this takes it out. After they are thawed, I rinse in cold water. Seems to work great for me.