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Frozen cooked shrimp can make a quick and easy meal when added to salad, to a favorite recipe or eaten with cocktail sauce. If you need the cooked frozen shrimp in a hurry, they can be thawed quickly with cold tap water. Using either of the methods below will have your cooked frozen shrimp ready to eat within 30 minutes.

Soak Shrimp in Cold Water

Place the frozen cooked shrimp in a colander or strainer.

Fit the colander or strainer into a large bowl. Add enough cold tap water to the bowl to cover the frozen shrimp completely.

Soak the shrimp in the cold water for 10 to 20 minutes or until defrosted, changing the water after five minutes to speed the process. Drain the shrimp and they're ready to use.

Running Water

Place the frozen cooked shrimp in a colander or large bowl.

Run cold tap water over the shrimp until they've thawed. Use the sink spray nozzle to evenly run the tap water over all the shrimp. Mix the shrimp every three minutes to evenly thaw. The shrimp will be thawed and ready for use in 10 to 15 minutes.

Strain the water completely from the shrimp. The cooked shrimp are now ready to be used in a favorite recipe, on top of a salad or enjoyed with cocktail sauce.


Drain off the water completely to avoid soggy shrimp. Blotting with a paper towel will also help remove excess moisture.

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Jodi Buttarazzi

Jodi Buttarazzi has been writing professionally since 2008. She has contributed articles and content for online publications such as Merchant Circle, drawing on her experience of food and wine owning and operating a fine-dining restaurant in Houston. She is pursuing a career in the health-care industry and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in health-care management at the University of Phoenix.