Shrimp Cooking Tips

how to cook shrimp
Shrimp Boil

Boil or Steam

For boiling or steaming, refer to the package's scale label for times that vary according to the size of shrimp.

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how to fry shrimp

Deep Fry

Deep fry shrimp by preheating (canola, vegetable, or peanut) oil to 375 degrees F. Carefully place a small amount of breaded or battered shrimp in cooker. Fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes, depending on size of shrimp, until golden brown outside and opaque in the center.

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how to stir fry shrimp

Stir-fry or Sauté

Stir-fry or sauté shrimp by preheating a pan over medium-high heat. Add butter, margarine, olive oil, or flavored cooking oil. Carefully place shrimp in pan. Stir-fry large shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes; medium 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes, and small/bay 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.

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how to grill shrimp

Grill or Broil

Marinate, if desired. Grill or broil shrimp by skewering peeled shrimp in a "horseshoe" fashion. That is, thread the shrimp onto the skewer at its head and at its tail so it curves around in a U-shape. Place 4 inches above a preheated gas grill or charcoal grill at 375 degrees F. To broil, place shrimp 4 inches under a heat source. (Leave oven slightly open when using an electric range.)

Grill or broil extra jumbo shrimp for 6 minutes, jumbo for 5 minutes, extra large for 4 minutes, and large for 3 minutes. Baste with oil or marinade. Turn once halfway during cooking process.

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Additional Shrimp Cooking Tips:

1. Two Letters to Remember

"C" stands for "cooked"

When boiled, sauted or steamed, shrimp are cooked when they curl to form the letter C.

"O" stands for "overcooked"
Shrimp are overcooked when they curl to form the letter O. Don't overcook shrimp.

Shrimp will be firm, turn pink, and slightly opaque when cooked correctly.


2. Try the Spring Test

Hold the shrimp upside down by the head and pull the tail down. If cooked properly, the tail will spring back. 


3. Versatile Flavor of Shrimp

Not sure which shrimp to buy? Here are a few flavor profiles to guide you:

  • White shrimp: Mild flavor with a slightly salty, shrimpy taste and firm texture. Great for salads and stir-fry.
  • Pink shrimp: Mild to medium flavor with a medium texture. Perfect for shrimp cocktail.
  • Brown shrimp: Full, robust flavor with medium texture. Best when used for full-flavor dishes like gumbo or for frying.

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