Can You Cook Shrimp From Frozen?

If you are wondering if you can cook shrimp from frozen, the answer is YES!

I may not ever fuss around with thawing shrimp in a strainer with cold water and peeling while semi-frozen again ….

Cooking shrimp from frozen is so easy and arguably gives you a better result! The danger of over-cooking is reduced and you end up with a nice juicy shrimp.

Considerations when Cooking Shrimp From Frozen

 

Poaching

 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a full rolling boil.
  • If you don’t plan to add any further sauce or seasoning after cooking then you may consider adding the juice of half a lemon, the lemon remains and a few peppercorns to the boiling water.
  • Break shrimp apart if possible.  Rinse lightly under cold water if it helps to break them apart.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat and drop shrimp in.  Stir to to separate shrimp.
  • Allow shrimp to rest in sauce pan 5-8 minutes.  Time will vary depending on the size of your shrimp.  The larger the shrimp the longer it will take.
  • Stir after 5 minutes and check to see that shrimp are pink and opaque.
    • If you plan to serve warm- strain shrimp out of water and discard any aromatics you added to the boiling water.  If the peel is still on you will need to decide if you peel them at this point or each person peels their own. Serve warm with whatever sauce or condiment you choose.
    • If serving cold, transfer shrimp to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Peel shrimp if they are unpeeled and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Roasting

This approach works best with peeled shrimp so you can add your seasonings and they are ready to go right out of the oven.

You can roast unpeeled shrimp but any flavour or  seasoning will be lost when they are peeled. If you are serving unpeeled shrimp warm it would be best to allow each person to peel their own and dip or sauce as desired.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Spray a sheet pan big enough that shrimp can roast in a single layer
  • Toss shrimp in olive oil and seasoning or brush with desired flavouring.
  • Roast for 10-12 minutes
  • Shrimp should be pink and opaque and curled up a little
  • Serve warm.

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