How Long to Boil Shrimp

How to Boil Shrimp – Time to Boil Shrimp

Do you want to know how long to boil shrimp or how much time it takes? Follow our easy instructions on this page or watch our video to learn more. 

How Long TO Boil Shrimp Video
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The temperature of the water in your pot will determine how long it will take to boil shrimp. The hotter the water the faster the shrimp will boil. 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 Finished Boiling?

After submerging the shrimp in boiling water, the shrimp will almost immediately begin to 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, the shrimp are cooked. It will take around one minute for the shrimp to finish boiling and be ready to eat.

How long to Boil Shrimp

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

Again the time to boil shrimp up to 3 or 4 pounds is generally under a minute, always ensure enough water in the pot to completely cover all the shrimp.

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How to Cook Shrimp for a Shrimp Cocktail?

The best way to cook shrimp for a 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, whichever way you prefer. Check out our cocktail sauce recipe video also.

Make a Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Cocktail

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. Slightly overcooking is okay, but the shrimp will not be quite as tender or as easy to peel. If you believe you have overcooked the shrimp quickly remove them from the water. Pouring them out into a colander in the sink is the best way to remove the shrimp from the water.

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

How Long are Cooked Shrimp Good For?

Shrimp that has already been cooked will be good for 2 or 3 three days when stored correctly 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 may be good for longer than two or three days, but they become less tender the longer they are stored.

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