Plate of raw brined shrimp.

How to Brine Shrimp Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Method: Brine
  • Cuisine: American


How to make succulent shrimp even tastier and juicier? Brine it! You read that right—you can brine shrimp! Here’s how.


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  • 3 cups cold water
  • 4 and 1/2 Tbsp. Diamond Crystal kosher salt, 3 Tbsp. Morton’s kosher salt, or 2 Tbsp. fine or table salt
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds large raw shrimp (2040 per pound, peeled, deveined, tail on or off)


  1. In a large nonreactive container, combine the water, salt, and sugar (if using), stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.
  2. Transfer to a resealable bag, add the shrimp, and seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
  3. Set aside in the refrigerator 1 to 1 and ½ hours.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the brine, pat it dry, and proceed with your recipe.

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