• Tap water (cold) – according to your preference
  • Frozen shrimp – according to your preference

We usually buy frozen shrimp so that we can use it over a varying time period, also because everyone doesn’t live nearby coasts. And if you have a sealed pack of frozen shrimps in your refrigerator, you better learn to thaw them before cooking them.


  1. Pull out the amount of shrimp you require to make your recipe and seal back the remaining shrimp. Put the shrimp in a colander or a mesh sieve, and fill it with water. In order to make sure that the shrimps are wholly submerged in water, put the sieve or colander in a bowl.
  2. Keep the shrimp in water for 10 minutes and then drain the water. Repeat the same and keep the shrimps in water for 10-20 minutes this time.
  3. After draining the water, the shrimps will be defrosted but still cold. You can pat the shrimps dry with a kitchen towel or tissue paper right before you use them for cooking.


  • Seal the remaining shrimps properly to use them later.
  • Make sure that the shrimp is wholly exposed to the water.
  • Make sure the water is cold because if hot or warm, the rate of bacterial growth increases.


  • Be patient with thawing the shrimp, wait till it gets defrosted completely because if you take them out of the water too quickly, it may get slimy.
  • Frozen shrimp might have a different taste than fresh shrimps because they undergo the process of freezing and thawing multiple times before reaching your kitchen, one of the reasons they get their signature taste.