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This Easy Trick Makes Frozen Shrimp Taste WAY Better

You know those small, pre-peeled, and deveined uncooked shrimp you find in the frozen section? There's probably a bag of 'em tucked in the back of your freezer right now. They're super convenient. But when you actually cook with them, you find they're like tiny sponges. Tiny sponges that wring out in the pan. Basically, they turn your sauce into a too-thin, watery mess.

Well, good news, convenience-minded shrimp lovers. Here's how to cook frozen shrimp. Chef John has a couple tricks to make frozen shrimp taste almost as good as fresh shrimp just pulled from the bay. Watch Chef John demonstrate the technique:

Chef John's Shrimp Etouffee

 

5 Quick Tips for Thawing Shrimp:

1) Thaw them in a strainer letting the water drip through.

2) Place them on towels to soak up any excess water.

3) Cook them for a couple minutes on high, high heat just until they release more juices. TIP: Let them sit in the skillet without stirring for one minute, then stir quickly, and let them cook another minute. Then remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon.

4) Now here's the BIG KEY: Save those shrimp juices in the pan. And if you're making a dish that calls for liquid, include your shrimp-flavored liquid as part of the measured amount of stock or wine or water you'll be using for your sauce. Basically, you don't want the liquid the shrimp release to be in excess of the amount of stock the recipe calls for.

5) Once your sauce is done, return the shrimp to the pan to cook through.
 

Enjoy your thawed shrimp in these 5-star recipes:

1. Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

"There couldn't possibly be a quicker or more delicious shrimp and grits recipe! I use this recipe to feed my ever-growing teen boys and their friends." -- Barbara

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

Photo by naples34102

2. Boudreaux's Zydeco Stomp Gumbo

"Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I doubled the chicken, and might even go so far as to double the sausage and shrimp next time... a permanent recipe in our household!" -- Karen Green

Boudreaux's Zydeco Stomp Gumbo_Photo by Allrecipes

Photo by Allrecipes

3. Cindy's Jambalaya

"We thought this was fabulous! Gotta love the one pot supper. If you're adding shrimp, make sure rice is almost done before adding." -- Minnesota_Girl

Cindy's Jambalaya

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

4. Exchange Gang Pasta with Shrimp

"OMG this recipe was AWESOME! Followed the recipe exactly. Even through it has cream in it, it isn't a heavy dish, which I loved! Will definitely be making again!" -- SUSAN201

Exchange Gang Pasta with Shrimp

Photo by naples34102

5. Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini with Creamy Cheese Herb Sauce

"A great way to impress friends and loved ones, they will think you got it from a 5 star restaurant!" -- TLKRAK

Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini

Photo by naples34102

6. Lemony Shrimp over Brown Rice

"Great flavor. My entire family loved it. Very easy to make." -- kgadison

Lemony Shrimp over Brown Rice

Photo by Dianne

7. Quick and Easy Shrimp Fajitas

With this recipe, there's no sauce. Prep and cook the shrimp like recommended above, and then strain out the juices.

Quick and Easy Shrimp Fajitas

Photo by naples34102

8. Super Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup

"Easy preparation, quick and delicious meal. I used large shrimp--made the shrimp broth with the shells, then proceeded with the recipe." -- Cazuela

Super Hot and Sour Shrimp

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

9. Blackened Shrimp Stroganoff

"This recipe was excellent. The flavour was great and the cajun spice is all you really needed." -- Sheila

Blackened Shrimp Stroganoff

Photo by Allrecipes


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