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Dec 21, 2009 05:02 AM

Frozen Cooked Shrimp and NYE Dinner

I purchased a package of frozen cooked tail-on shrimp (31-40 ct) at Whole Foods. I want to use it for New Year's Eve dinner. I dont usually buy pre-cooked shrimp so I am unsure what to do with it. I would like to serve it hot but I am afraid that in the process of re-heating it I will make it tough. All my usual recipes start with uncooked shirmp.

Any suggestions on how to use the pre-cooked shrimp in a hot application for New Year's Eve?

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  1. I'm not sure if this is the best idea but it's what I would do. Bring a steaming rig up to a boil an then turn it off. Add the shrimp let the warm water gently warm them up.


    1. I would remove 2 or 3 from package, thaw them, and experiment. It may be possible to just warm them to good eating temperature without causing them to be cooked further, but it might be tricky.

      1. Personally cooked tail-on shrimp is only good for shrimp cocktail or a salad preparation. Any other time I'd only add it to a stir fry type of dish.
        Any further cooking or heating will ruin it.

        1. Don't cook them. Allow them to defrost and serve as shrimp cocktail (make some fancy, interesting dips!) or shrimp salad/dip(which can be served on crackers or endive).
          Cooking shrimp is tricky enough. Cooking twice-not a good idea.
          eta: I've had Costco's jumbo cooked shrimp as shrimp cocktail, and I gorged, which is to say, they were quite good!