Food Safety: How To Thaw Shrimp Safely In Under 30 Minutes

Freezing food is a great way to preserve them, however when it is time for them to serve their various uses, their being frozen can pose great difficulty. Not only do you have to find a quick way to do it, you'll also have to ensure that the process is "safe" to do. In this article, we explore simple ways you can thaw your shrimps fast while ensuring that it remains safe for consumption.

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If you have frozen shrimp on your hands and you need it prepped for a meal you wish to prepare, here are a couple of easy ways to thaw them out in less than 30 minutes.

  1. Get a large bowl filled with cold water
  2. Get rid of the packaging the shrimps come in then seal them in a ziploc bag.
  3. Keep this bag submerged in the cold water you prepared. Ensure to place a plate or lid over it so it will remain fully submerged.
  4. Allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes during which time the shrimps will fully thaw.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the ziploc bag then place it on a plate lined with paper towels and pat to get rid of excess water.

With the steps above, your shrimp will get thawed and cooked even before all your other ingredients are gathered and prepped. However, if you need the shrimp to get thawed even faster, you can take them out of the bag and put them directly in cold water.


Leave them in the water for between 15 to 20 minutes then stir the water and shrimp. This will help break up the frozen clumps so be sure to repeat the action every 3 to 5 minutes. After the shrimp are thawed, put them on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

It is possible for the shrimp to have absorbed moisture while in the water so doing this will help you get rid of excess water. This will make the shrimp cook better.

Now that you know all about what happens after you bring out shrimp for thawing, it is only fair you are reminded of things that need to be done before it is brought out of the freezer. Below are some things to keep in mind before you bring out your frozen shrimp for thawing.

  1. Never leave the shrimp at room temperature: This is because shrimp can easily breed potentially dangerous microbes if left at room temperature for too long.
  2. Never use hot water: This encourages bacteria growth which can make you sick and it could also start the cooking process prematurely.
  3. Don’t use the microwave: This could make it chewy and will partially cook it.

Good luck!

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