Leftover shrimps are the last thing you want to throw because of this seafood’s nutritional value. In this article, I will show you the different methods on how to reheat shrimp fast and without losing its flavor.
Before we get started, I advise you only to heat leftover shrimp that are no more than four days after you stored them in your refrigerator. If it is there longer than this period, you risk the chance of food contamination.
1. Reheat Using Microwave
Using the microwave is by far the easiest method of heating your prawn or any food for that matter. It works on any shrimp, whether they are a cocktail, breaded, fried or pre-cooked. Microwaving your food on high heat but with shorter time is the secret to getting your heated prawn just right.
Here are the simple steps on how to microwave your prawn:
- Place the cold shrimp dish in a microwave-safe bowl. If the food is frozen, let it thaw for 10 to 20 minutes or until the icy part is gone before putting it in the prescribed containers.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap before putting your shrimp into the microwave.
- Set the microwave on high and the timer at 1-2 minutes. Check if it is heated enough all through the center. If not, put it back in for another minute.
- Remove the shrimp from the microwave and allow it to cool for a while.
There are also times that I wanted to change my prawns a little bit by adding some ingredients. For example, I can take the steamed shrimp and convert it into a shrimp in buttered sauce. You can do this using the microwave.
Here is a complete guide on “How to Cook Microwave Steamed Shrimp.”
2. Reheat Shrimp by Sautéing
If your prawns don’t have anything with them or were not used in a particular dish, the best way to reheat them is by lightly frying them in a pan. I like using this method because I get to test my cooking skills, unlike the microwave.
This is what I do when I want to reheat prawns in a skillet:
- Thaw the frozen shrimp for about 10 to 20 minutes. When the shrimps are easily bent and have a clear color bent, it indicates that they are completely defrosted.
- Warm a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium to high heat. Do this for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the oil is hot enough.
- Put the shrimp in the pan. On contact, the shrimp sizzles indicating that the oil is adequately hot. If it does not sizzle, take the shrimp off and heat the pan for another minute.
- Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and other spices that fit your taste.
- Sauté the shrimp for 4 to 5 minutes. You’ll notice that the gray and semi-transparent shrimp will gradually turn pink and opaque.
- Serve it while hot. You can also put them on top of pasta, rice and even on the salad.
I believe that frying is one of the best methods to bring out the unique flavor of the shrimp. I don’t mind that it’s a bit oily, but you do have to eat the prawn in moderation because of its cholesterol content. You can also be creative on your cooking like this Honey Garlic Shrimp Skillet recipe.
3. Reheat Shrimp Using Oven
Perhaps the most overlooked way to warm shrimp (or many dishes for that matter) is by using your good oven. Reheating breaded prawns in an oven is ideal because they don’t become soggy and retains their crispiness.
To get a perfectly cooked breaded shrimp here is what you should do:
- Preheat oven to 225 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Thaw your shrimp for a short while before putting it on a baking pan. Spray or coat your pan with butter or olive oil so that the flavors will be sealed within it.
- Cover your pan with aluminum foil so that it will remain moist and not dry out from the oven’s high temperature.
- Put the baking pan in the preheated oven and wait for five to ten minutes. You can also check midway to see if it is being cooked evenly and adjust accordingly.
- Carefully take out the heated shrimp and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
If the shrimp is not yet crispy, put it back in the oven but this time, loosen the foil to allow the shrimps to vent. One alternative that works just like an oven is an Airfryer, which guarantees that shrimp will be crispy. The one I’m using right now is the Philipps Airfryer.
4. Reheat Shrimp by Steaming
Reheating your shrimp by steaming is the healthiest method, in my opinion. You can also use them for almost any shrimp dish except breaded. Because it is gently cooked in steam, you can expect that the flavors of the shrimp are still intact.
Here is what I do when I reheat shrimp in a steamer:
- Heat water in a double boiler and bring it to a boil.
- Add the shrimp and ensure that they are not over layered so that the steam rises to them properly.
- Cook the shrimp for five to 10 minutes depending on the pot you are using.
- Once you begin smelling the shrimp. Put it out of the boiler and serve.
- You can then turn this into cocktail shrimps which are best enjoyed during the evening. I learned how to make the best shrimp cocktail on Serious Eats.
The best part of steaming shrimp or any fatty food is you are getting less cholesterol compared to a most cooking method. It's truly a guilt-free method of preparing shrimp. If you haven’t tried steam reheating, here are the six benefits of steam cooking that will help you improve your health.
5. Reheating Shrimp in Open Fire
Cooking in open fire may be the least likely method of heating your shrimp, but you’ll never know when it could be useful on camping and road trips. Open fire is one of the most primitive methods of cooking food and is very fun to do.
This is how I reheat shrimp in an open fire:
- Rub butter or spray olive oil in an aluminum foil.
- Add in garlic, parsley and another seasoning you like.
- Wrap the shrimp in the foil and make sure there are no gaps to ensure no dirt comes in.
- Throw the shrimp on the campfire with just medium flames.
- Turn it occasionally to get an evenly cooked shrimp and wait for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Pull it off the fire and unwrap the foil.
- Let it cool down for a few moments before transferring to a plate or container. Add lemon to taste.
I did this once on a camping trip, and the shrimp’s flavor was excellent. We happened to be in a fishing village renowned for shrimp and got the urge to buy fresh shrimp from a local store. You can do this in your home too if you’re feeling outdoor-ish.
Shrimp is one of the most enjoyable sea foods around, and that’s why it’s hard to throw them away as leftovers. Knowing how to reheat shrimp or any dish properly is an excellent way to save a lot of money and even time in preparing a whole new meal.
You can learn more about how to cook shrimp and other seafood using this book:
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