Reheating the shrimp needs some basic understanding of the shrimp's meat. And this post elaborately discusses how to reheat shrimp without making them rubbery.
We love shrimp and love it in any form, whether fried, baked, or sauteed. And shrimp tastes delicious, whatever spices are added to it.
The shrimp is versatile and stays excellent when breaded, steamed, or cooked with spices.
We are in central Pennsylvania and must depend on the frozen shrimp. And our household feels happy and satisfied when I serve them with chicken or shrimp.
And I have shared a few of our shrimp recipes here on our website. I have listed them below; you may also check them.
Shrimp recipes you may like,
- Shrimp Bruschetta
- Garlic pepper shrimp
- Hawaiian shrimp
- Shrimp pasta with cilantro lime sauce
- Sriracha shrimp pasta
- Shrimp the party appetizer
- Spicy seafood recipes
Do you find the shrimps are turning rubbery after reheating? And is it losing its original texture and taste when recooked? I would invite you to read this post and apply these tips when reheating the next time. I hope this could help you to get better results next time.
I'm creating the post exclusively to talk about reheating shrimp because a few of our readers ask this frequently. Instead of providing information personally, I thought to create an exclusive post to help others with the same doubts.
Dumping a significant quantity of shrimp in a single bowl and microwaving it will not help you for any reason.
Can you reheat the shrimp? Of course, Yes, and my advice is not to do it more than once. This means you can freeze the leftovers and reheat them for single-time usage. The multiple cooking destruct its properties and will not be suitable for consumption.
Shrimp's meat is tender and gets cooked quickly for the first time. And this property alone makes it delicate to reheat. Proper heat should be applied evenly throughout the cooking process to overcome this.
Reheating the shrimp is not a general topic; they are available in many sizes. Each of these has to be treated differently. Let us see them now.
The shrimp is very sensitive to the heat. It gets cooked as soon as it turns opaque from translucent. Switch to a lower flame once the meat is cooked to 60% to retain the moisture inside without burning the exterior.
Is the shrimp cooked already?
If you have frozen shrimp and cannot decide whether it is cooked or uncooked, then check them visually by seeing it. When the shrimp is,
- Straight. Shrimps are raw or not cooked enough.
- C shaped. Perfectly cooked shrimps are C-shaped. While you are cooking, this is the sign you should wait for. The moment they start bending and turning to a C shape, it is the right time to stop cooking further.
- O shaped. This is a sign of overly cooked shrimp. And this is the time when it starts being rubbery. The more you cook, the more elastic it is. Steaming helps this type of cooked shrimp.
The shrimp cooks faster; cooking them in low to medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side would be ideal. However, the time varies according to the size of the shrimp. I feel the more giant shrimps are tricky to cook. We see below how to do it perfectly by adjusting the temperature during cooking.
How to reheat Shrimp
Step 1. Thawing the shrimp.
Thawing the shrimp is one of the critical factors for best-flavored shrimp. If it melted this way, no one could discover it as a reheated dish.
- Refrigerating. This is the best and most reliable method for thawing evenly without getting contaminated. When the shrimp are frozen, transfer them to the refrigerator the day before you serve.
- Microwave. Refrigerating is reliable, but it needs a plan 24 hours prior. This is not always possible; microwaving is the fastest way for thawing. To thaw, arrange in a microwave-safe plate without overlaying. Spray water cover and microwave for 1 minute. Then, flip to the other side and follow the same procedure until they are thawed.
- Room temperature. Fill water in a big pot. Immerse the bag of shrimp for 2 hours. Make sure the bag is sealed and should not leak. If the bag is not sealed, the water can penetrate inside and make the shrimp soggy.
I would not advise leaving the bag on the kitchen counter. As it is harmful and there are more chances of contamination.
Step 2. Heating
This method is suitable for reheating shrimp scampi, alfredo shrimp, or steamed shrimp. Shrimp has a flat surface and has to be treated differently.
Pro Tip. You may see the shrimp start spluttering when overcooked, so stop as soon as you hear the spluttering sound. Reheat it just a few minutes before serving the soft and moist shrimp.
Best for. This method is best for
- Arrange the shrimp on the plate.
- Spray water to moisturize the surface.
- Cover with the microwave-safe plate.
- Cook for 1 minute on each side and repeat until it is done.
The easiest and most comfortable way of reheating. But things can go wrong when it is not done correctly.
This method is suitable for reheating steamed shrimp or for making seafood salad.
- For this, fill the outer pot with water.
- Place the steamer above the water level.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes or until it is done.
- Make sure you toss in between to make them evenly cooked.
This is a good and easy method for the breaded, deep-fried shrimp scampi or spiced shrimp.
- Apply a thin coating of cooking oil to the skillet.
- Heat it in low-medium temperature.
- Arrange the shrimp in a single layer.
- Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until it is done.
- Drizzle cooking oil if needed.
This is the best way to reheat breaded shrimp, deep-fried or shrimp scampi.
Pro Tip. When reheating the breaded and fried shrimp, use just the tray. When reheating shrimp alfredo or spiced shrimp, cover it with aluminum foil to retain all the flavors and moisture.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the shrimp over it without staking.
- Coat the shrimp with a thin layer of cooking oil.
- Cover it with aluminum foil.
- Cook for 15 minutes. Do not forget to flip in between.
Frequently asked questions
The best way to reheat fried shrimp?
You all know the microwave cooks the food but not making them crispy. So the result is the soggy, falling-apart crust that no longer sticks to the shrimp.
The trustworthy method would be using the Oven or the air fryer. Follow the abovementioned methods and get hot, crispy, perfectly done shrimp.
How to reheat shrimp alfredo?
The regular alfredo pasta can be reheated in any cooking method. But the shrimp pasta is ideal to be reheated over the skillet.
Add a little water and a quarter cup for a single serving portion. Close the skillet with the lid and cook in a lower flame until the shrimp is well.
How to reheat grilled shrimp?
Grilled shrimp works best in the oven and the skillet.
You can reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Alternatively, please place them in a greased pan and cook for 3 minutes on both sides on low-medium flame.
How to reheat shrimp fried rice?
This method applies not only to shrimp fried rice but to all seafood rice dishes. Rice is more delicate than shrimp; my personal choice would be microwaving. Place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle water, and cook for 90 seconds. Then, stir gently and cook further for 90 seconds. Increase the cooking time if needed.
The sprinkled water keeps the rice and shrimp moist without being dry.
How to reheat steamed shrimp?
Steaming and microwaving are the best methods for reheating. When steaming, steam for about 2-3 minutes or until it is heated enough.
Reheating small vs. Jumbo shrimp
Reheating small shrimp is simple and comes out well in each method. You may follow the exact instructions when handling the jumbo shrimps, but you need to flip a couple of times more.
A few more flips are needed for jumbo shrimps because the heat has to penetrate inside without making them hard and chewy.