Frozen shrimp in a gray bowl.

How To Thaw Shrimp Quickly Instructions

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Defrost
  • Cuisine: American


Here is a great method for defrosting shrimp quickly. It only takes 5 minutes!


  • 24 medium shrimp
  • Tap water


  1. Put the shrimp into a medium bowl.*
  2. Fill bowl with tap water.
  3. Keep tap running gently into the bowl.
  4. When shrimp are less opaque, less white, and pliable if you try to bend them, they are defrosted. It takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain off water.

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*Note: If using more shrimp or larger shrimp use a bigger bowl. You want the bowl to be twice the size of your pile of shrimp.