Shrimp is one of those products that is not only super delicious, delicacy loved by everyone, but at the same time it has many health benefits. You can also add its easy cooking experience, and you have a perfect meal. Nevertheless, you always need to remember that there are some peculiarities in boiling different types of shrimps. In this article, we will share some techniques on how you can cook fresh shrimp in a pot on the stove and how you can cook precooked shrimps to make shrimps taste juicy, soft and yummy.

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How long does it take to boil shrimps?

Boiling shrimps is a delicate process and the reason is following: if you overcook shrimps, keep them for too long in boiling water, they will lose all the juiciness and taste, their meat will become rubbery. Let’s have a look at the timing, at how long do you need to boil shrimps to make them perfect:

  • How long does it take to boil fresh shrimps? It can take you from 2 to 10 minutes to boil raw shrimps. It depends on whether they are peeled or have their shells on; and of course; their size matters too. Small shrimps will be ready in 2-3 minutes; an average time for boiling medium shrimps is around 5-6 minutes; and it can take you up to 10 minutes to get large shrimps boiled.
  • How long do you boil frozen cooked shrimps with shell on? You will need 1-2 minutes to cook precooked shrimps in boiling water; note that shrimps should be thawed beforehand.
  • How long to boil frozen cooked peeled shrimps? As a rule, you do not have to boil peeled shrimps, you need to thaw frozen peeled shrimps before using them in a recipe. To add some flavor, you can put thawed cooked shrimps in boiled water with some herbs or seasoning for 30-60 seconds.

How do you know if shrimp is cooked? Well, to determine whether you bought frozen precooked or raw shrimps is an easy thing. You should look at the color of the shrimps: raw shrimps have translucent white flesh and light-grey shells, while cooked shrimps have meat in opaque white, and they are colored pink.

A detailed recipe for boiling different types of shrimps you can find below, as this part was just a quick guide on boiling time of shrimps.

How to boil raw shrimps?


You can find raw shrimps both fresh and frozen in your supermarkets. The following step-by-step guide you can use for boiling both types of shrimps whether you have them frozen or you were lucky to get them fresh:

  • If you have raw shrimps frozen, you need to thaw them. Take shrimps out of the fridge and put into a bowl with cold water. It will take around 20 minutes to defrost the ice. This process is easier and quicker then thawing frozen shrimps in a refrigerator. A good tip for unplanned meals with shrimps where you do not have the whole night do thaw shrimps in a fridge.

 Remember not to thaw frozen shrimps at the room temperature!

  • Take a large pot or a saucepan, fill it with cold water and boil it on the high heat. (You will need the amount of water twice as much as the amount of shrimps).
  • When water boils, add salt (1-2 teaspoons of salt for 1 liter of water) and any desired seasoning and herbs. Let the stock boil for a minute for herbs to reduce their flavors and then add raw shrimps.
  • It will take 2-10 minutes to get shrimps cooked. You already know that boiling time depends on the shrimps size, in the first place; you can check out answers for boiling different sizes of shrimps in the first part of the article. Do not for get to stir shrimps occasionally while they are boiling.
  • When the boiling time ends and you see that that the meat from translucent became opaque, and shrimps changed their color to pink, take the shrimps out of the pot carefully: you can drain them or take them out with tongs (if you have shrimps really large in size). Serve them with your favorite sauce!

Do you need to thaw frozen shrimps before cooking? It is always better to thaw frozen shrimps before boiling, whether you have precooked or raw shrimps.

How to cook precooked shrimps in a pot on the stove?

You can find packages with precooked shrimps in stores. Frozen precooked shrimps will be a great snack that will take literally several minutes to cook. If you want to know how you can use frozen cooked shrimps and what the sufficient way of cooking them is, then keep reading our article. As we will give you two recipes for precooked shrimps of different types down below.

How do you cook frozen precooked shrimps with shell on?


Well, the first thing to determine will be that it is not necessary to cook already precooked shrimps. You only need to thaw them, and they will be ready to be served, with lemon or any other delicious sauce. Also after defrosting cooked shrimps with shell on, you can use them to make other dishes such as salads, or pastas. You will have to peel the shells off and only then use shrimps in your dish.

However, there are several ways you can cook precooked shrimps to add some more flavor and juice. Pick the one that better suits your demands.

Thawed Precooked Shrimps Recipe

Place a colander with frozen cooked shrimps in a sink and defrost them using cold running water. When all the ice melts, put shrimps into a pot and add hot boiled water. Wait for 30-60 seconds for shrimps to get warm, and then drain out all the water. This method is used to make shrimps warm and juicy. As always, you can serve them with any desired sauce.

Frozen Shrimps for Quick Dinner Recipe

Ingredients for the recipe: 1 kg package of frozen shrimps, water for boiling, black/white pepper, bay leaves, fresh parsley, lemon juice. Type: Seafood recipes Cuisine: International Calories: 95 kcal Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 10 min Ready in 30 min

  • You need do defrost frozen precooked shrimps, use cold running water for this purpose.
  • While you have your shrimps thawing, put a pot with cold water on the high heat and let the water boil. (You need to use twice as much water as you have shrimps).
  • When water boils add salt and any seasoning or herbs you want (black or white pepper, bay leaves, fresh parsley etc.) and lemon juice (squeezed out of a half of a lemon).
  • Add defrosted shrimps and boil them for a minute or two. Now you can serve these flavored, juicy shrimps with sauce you like.

When you buy frozen precooked or raw shrimps in packages, always read instructions. As there you can find information, whether you need to cook shrimps again or not. You can also find boiling time for the type of shrimps, you bought, written in the instruction.

How to boil peeled shrimps?


In 90% of cases, you have no necessity in cooking precooked peeled shrimps again. Shrimps are already peeled off; you can’t bring the juiciness back. Therefore, you are left with the easiest way. To make frozen precooked shrimps usable, you only need to thaw them. If you are planning to make some pasta dish or salad with shrimps next day, leave them to thaw in the fridge. If your time is limited, then use cold water. You can take a colander, put shrimps in it; place the colander with shrimps in the sink and open cold running water. Or take a big bowl, put frozen shrimps in it and pour cold water (change water in the bowl every ten minutes). It can take you from 15-20 minutes to get shrimps defrosted. Now, having peeled shrimps without ice, you can use them for any recipe you want.

How do you cook frozen shrimps in the microwave?

In the microwave, you can cook frozen only precooked shrimps. It is the easiest way to get a perfect delicacy as quickly as possible:

  • Take a microwave-safe bowl and add the shrimps into the bowl.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or soy sauce (for 900 g portion of frozen shrimps). Stir thoroughly everything together.
  • Set microwave to “MEDIUM” cooking setting and set the timer for 10 minutes. Let the shrimps to cool down a little bit before serving.

Here you have an easy recipe for precooked shrimps!

We hope that this article was helpful and you found the way to cook shrimps you were looking for. Whether you have frozen or fresh, raw or precooked shrimps, this article has tips on how you can boil all these types of shrimps at home on the stove. If you liked our article, please share with your friends. All the questions and suggestions you can leave in the comment section below.

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