How to Cook Shrimps?

How to Cook Shrimps

Perfectly cooked shrimps are a complete delight for many of you. So, do you know how to cook shrimps?

If you are seafood crazy, cooking shrimp is a task you want to do at home. Ordering or enjoying live seafood is a pure delight but you cannot always go out every time your laziness and just to stay home mode demands to learn by yourself. And cooking shrimp is not from the things you do on a daily or weekly basis so, knowing them how to cook is an excellent option to satisfy your craving. 

The most convincing thing about how to cook shrimps is that they are effortless to make. And the effort you put in making shrimp and the outcome you get will always be high of particular seafood.

Secondly, they are so good that they won’t take much time to defrost and don’t take much time cooking. And that’s the reason they are the most famous seafood, and people experience it with several dishes hence a hundred recipes are available on the internet now.

Now the question arises what is the most suitable shrimp to buy for cooking? You can either go for fresh shrimps with skin and everything. And on the other hand, frozen shrimps are also available in the market; they are safe to use peeled and deveined. That is an easy option for quick meals and you can freeze them for a more extended time. This will save you lots of time because you need to know precisely how to cook shrimps and remove fresh shrimps skin and clean it otherwise, it will become a mess while cooking. Also, point to be noted that fresh shrimps cannot be freeze for very long,

After frozen shrimps are taken of any size you like (medium, long and short shrimps are available in the seafood market).

How to Cook Shrimps in Your Kitchen? 

Cooking shrimp in your kitchen is not a big deal; actually, it is the easiest thing ever and you can do it by yourself. You can take your hands on peeled or unpeeled; it’s your choice, but make sure it’s clean and completely thawed.

Cooking shrimp will become easy if you put a little effort into understanding the essential know-how. Here is how to cook shrimps with the best flavor combination and ready in under fifteen minutes; 

  • Step #1 First things first, take a bowl and put shrimp in it completely clean and thawed; now, add the seasoning mix in the bowl and rub them together. Make sure everything for instance, salt, red chili flakes and seasoning mix well and nothing left. This is very crucial because the shrimps’ flavor is not much in nature, so they absorb quickly and gives a particular taste. 
  • Step #2 place a pan on a medium flamed stove, then add oil or butter accordingly, spread it all over the pan 
  • Step #3 after the butter melted or the oil gets hot to move quickly over the pan, add shrimps one by one; if the oil/butter is warm enough, it will produce a sizzling sound. And if it did not react this way, heat the pan again.
  • Step #4 Let them cook for about three to four-minute; keep changing the side to cook evenly. The size of the shrimp may vary but not the cooking time because they won’t take time more than seven minutes
  • Step #5 and last step is to transferring the shrimps into the serving dish alongside rice and pasta to complement the main dish. Serve them immediately. 

What Time To Get Them To Remove From The Stove?

Things to be noted that shrimp don’t take much time in cooking instead get done very quickly. So don’t take your eyes off; otherwise, you will end up regretting overcooked shrimps.

The difference between overcooked and undercooked shrimp is that 

Overcooked– overcooked shrimp form make an” O” shape

Undercooked – Undercooked shrimp look like a broad and flexible “U” shape

Perfectly cooked– while perfectly cooked shrimp are in pink color with bright red tails and gives us a “C” in shape

The last one is the ultimate goal and ready-to-eat shrimp; time management is the key in cooking shrimps. Total time shrimps take twenty minutes, ten for the preparation and 10 for overall cooking time, and there you are with freshly cooked shrimps from your kitchen. 

Shrimp Recipes 

Shrimp is from the kinds of seafood that are used and raised all around the world; hence carries recipes from the world too; you will find a considerable variety of recipes.

  • The Shrimp Fried Rice — a new way to utilize leftover rice and vegetables
  • Shrimp Scampi — excellent with pasta, this famous dish most of the time contains lots of butter and garlic.
  • Shrimp Salad — use a well-bought mayonnaise or any other in your cabinet, add chopped celery, red pepper, or any other your preferred vegetable.
  • Shrimps Dynamite — shrimps that are battered and coated with mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.

So don’t miss the chance and grab some frozen shrimp from the supermarket and freeze it; use it for last-minute cooking when schedules are rigid make them up.

How to Cook Shrimps Fried Rice

Here’s a recipe from Simply Recipes


  • 8 ounces small raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, canola oil, or rice bran oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 stalks green onion, minced
  • 4 cups leftover rice, grains separated well
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if you are making a gluten-free version), plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dark toasted sesame oil


  1. Toss shrimp with salt, pepper, cornstarch:
    In a medium bowl, sprinkle the shrimp with salt, pepper, and cornstarch, and toss to coat. Set aside to sit for ten minutes at room temperature.
  2. Heat pan on high heat:
    Heat a large sauté pan or wok (a seasoned cast iron pan or hard-anodized aluminum works well, they’re relatively stick-free and can take the heat) on high heat.
    When the pan is very hot (a drop of water instantly sizzles when it hits the pan), swirl in one tablespoon of the cooking oil to coat the pan.
  3. Sear shrimp on both sides:
    Add the shrimp to the hot pan, spreading them out quickly in a single layer. Let them fry in the pan without moving them, for 30 seconds.
    Flip the shrimp over and let them fry on the other side for another 30 seconds or until they are mostly cooked through. (Do not cook them all the way!)
    Use a slotted spoon to scoop the shrimp out of the pan to a bowl.
  4. Cook beaten eggs, slightly runny:
    Return the pan to the burner and lower the heat to medium. Add a little more oil if the pan needs it. Add the beaten eggs and stir them quickly to scramble them while they cook.
    When the eggs are not quite cooked through, still a bit runny, transfer them from the pan to the bowl with the cooked shrimp.
  5. Sauté green onions, add rice:
    Clean out the pan or wok with paper towels and return it to the burner. Heat the pan on high and when it is hot, swirl in the remaining tablespoon or two of oil. When the oil is shimmering hot (almost smoking), add the green onions and sauté for 15 seconds.
    Then add the leftover cooked rice to the pan and stir with the green onions to mix well.
    Spread the rice onion mixture over the surface of the pan and let it fry, without moving it. You should hear the rice sizzle. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
    Use a spatula to turn over the rice, and spread it over the pan again. Let cook for a minute longer.
  6. Add soy sauce, carrots, peas, shrimp, eggs, sesame oil:
    Sprinkle soy sauce on the rice and stir to combine.
    Add the carrots, peas, shrimp, eggs, and sesame oil, stirring to combine well.
    Heat everything until sizzling hot. Add more soy sauce to taste.

How to Cook Shrimps Scampi

Recipe from Cafe Delites


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, minced (or 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic)
  • 1 1/4 pounds (600 grams) large shrimp prawns, shelled with tails on or off
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pan or skillet. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). Then add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste, and sauté for 1-2 minutes on one side (until just beginning to turn pink), then flip. 
  2. Pour in wine (or broth), add red pepper flakes (if using). Bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes or until wine reduces by about half and the shrimp is cooked through (don’t overcook your shrimp).
  3. Stir in the remaining butter, lemon juice, and parsley, and take off the heat immediately.
  4. Serve over rice, pasta, garlic bread or steamed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini noodles).

How to Cook Shrimp Salad

Recipe by Delish


For Salad

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

2 tbsp. freshly chopped dill

Toasted bread or butterhead or romaine lettuce, for serving

For Dressing

1/2 c. mayonnaise

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp. dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. On a large baking sheet, toss shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Bake until shrimp are completely opaque, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, and dijon and season with salt and pepper. Add cooked shrimp, red onion, celery, and dill to a bowl and toss until combined. 
  • Serve on bread or over lettuce. 

Shrimps are sold at a good price in Pakistan. There is often a debate on shrimps Halal or Haram as it really matters for Muslims to make sure that the food they are having is Halal. Most of the scholars consider shrimps as a Halal food. So no worries pals, enjoy having shrimps as much as you like!

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