How Long to Boil Shrimp

How to Boil Shrimp – Time to Cook Shrimp

How Long to Boil Shrimp?

Need to know how or how long to boil boil shrimp? Follow our easy instructions on this page or watch our video to find out more. 

The temperature of the water in your pot will determine how long it is going to take to boil shrimp. The best way to boil shrimp is when the water in your pot has come to a “rolling boil“. Take your fresh shrimp or shrimp you have thawed and place them into the boiling water.

How to know when the shrimp are done boiling?

How long to Boil Shrimp

After submerging the shrimp in boiling water, the shrimp will almost immediately turn a pinkish-orange color. If you have a large pot with a strainer basket, move the basket up and down a few times while the shrimp are boiling. Moving the basket will allow for the shrimp to cook more evenly. Once the meat of the shrimp is firm and white, then the shrimp are cooked. It will take around one minute for the shrimp to be boiled and ready to eat.

If you are boiling the shrimp in a pot that doesn’t have a strainer basket, then stir the pot a few times with a slotted spoon. Stirring will help for the shrimp to cook more quickly and evenly too.

How to cook shrimp for a Shrimp Cocktail?

The best way to cook shrimp for a shrimp cocktail is to boil them with the shell still on. You can serve the shrimp with the shell still on or peel them down to the tail first. A shrimp cocktail can be served warm or chilled which ever way you prefer. Checkout our cocktail sauce recipe video also.

Can you Overcook Shrimp?

Yes, you can overcook shrimp. If the shrimp’s shell starts to come off, you have cooked them for too long. This is okay, but the shrimp are not going to be quite as tender or as easy to peel. If you move the strainer basket up and down while the shrimp are boiling, this will help them to cook more evenly also. If you are boiling shrimp on the stove top you can use spoon to stir the shrimp. Stirring them shrimp will allow them to cook more thoroughly too.

Now that you know how to boil shrimp try our Shrimp Boil Recipe.

How long are cooked shrimp good for?

Shrimp that have been cooked will be good for 2 or 3 three days when properly stored in a refrigerator. Whether the shrimp have been boiled, sautéed, grilled, or deep fried they will stay good when stored properly in a container in the fridge for several days. Shrimp maybe good for longer than two or three days but they start to become less tender the longer they are stored.

If at anytime the shrimp you have stored in your refrigerator look or smell different than when they were cooked, don’t eat them!

Remember that shrimp are easy to cook just about any way you want to prepare them. Their size also means that shrimp will cook fairly quickly however you prepare them. Don’t be surprised by how fast your shrimp finish cooking.