You can reheat shrimp the right way without compromising their juicy nature and delicious taste. If you kept your shrimp in the freezer for an extended period of time, the first thing you need to do is to make sure the thawing process is complete. If the your shrimp is still frozen on the inside when you start reheating them, they are will have cold spots no-matter which method you use. It is also important to note that you can you can reheat shrimp only once and below are some of the common ways to re-heat shrimp.
The Oven Method
The oven method is one of the most common ways to warm up shrimp. The oven method keeps the shrimp crispy and it gives the shrimp a slow heating time. Also, it allows to heat up the shrimp gently as it rises in temperature, providing time for the shrimp to plump back up and the breading to crisp and become golden coloured but not burn.
In order to heat your shrimp this way you will need
- A baking sheet big enough for the amount of shrimp you want to heat up. A non-stick baking sheet would be ideal,
- Aluminium foil that will protect the shrimp from overcooking on the outside. The foil will also provide a reflective surface that can keep food from browning quicker as the product cooks
- Your pre-cooked shrimp
Follow these steps to heat up your shrimp
- Preheat the oven to about 300˚F
- Lay out a large piece of aluminium foil over your baking sheet and place the shrimp in a single layer on top of the aluminium foil,
- Gently cover your shrimp with the remaining aluminium foil, keeping them in a single layer,
- Bake for about 15 minutes or so and check the shrimp halfway through. If the shrimp is not crispy, create a vent in the foil for the steam to escape,
- When done your shrimp should be ready to serve.
The Sauteing Method
The second method to heating up shrimp is the sauteing method. This is also a common way to heat up non-breaded shrimp. Sauteing allows moisture to seep into your shrimp and provide it with juices. Also, this way your shrimp absorbs the cooking liquid and flavour, and plumps back up. Your shrimp will turn golden brown after a short time cooking in the liquid and will be ready to be eaten in no time at all.
This is what you will need;
- A stainless-steel pan big enough for the shrimp you intend to heat up, your shrimp will need to be able to lay side by side and should not be stacked up,
- Olive Oil, butter, or any flavoured oil such as garlic infused oil, or any regular vegetable oil, also vegan butter can also work.
- Your cooked shrimp
Follow these steps to preheat your shrimp,
- Heat your sauté pan over medium heat,
- As soon as the pan is hot, add in your desired fat or oil and continue to heat, coating the bottom of the pan, be careful when heating your oil, hot oil can pop out of the pan and splash you.
- Once the oil or fat is fragrant, add the shrimp in a single layer,
- You can serve soon after you are done.
Sauteing pre-cooked shrimp can change the flavour of your shrimp and give it an added texture. You can even create a delicious pan sauce to go with the shrimp with the oil used. Deglaze your pan with balsamic vinegar to create a tasting sauce that can pair well with your reheated shrimp. The full richness of the balsamic layered over the shrimp creates a tasty dish.
The Microwave Method
The microwave reheating method is another effective way of reheating shrimp. Also, microwaving shrimp is a time-saving method, that when done correctly will cook the shrimp thoroughly without overcooking and making rubbery shrimp. All you need to do is to cook it gently, without being too hard on pre-cooked shrimp. You can use fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp, steamed shrimp, and even boiled shrimp for this re-heating method.
You will need the following;
- A microwave safe dish, large enough for your shrimp
- A lid or plastic wrap, to cover the shrimp or produce a steaming effect
- Your pre-cooked shrimp
Follow these steps to heat up your shrimp;
- Place your cold shrimp in a microwave-safe dish in a single layer. It is important that the shrimp is cold at this point.
- Cover your dish with a lid or plastic wrap.
- Place your shrimp in the microwave.
- Cook the shrimp on high in 1-minute intervals and be sure to check the shrimp after each minute. Your shrimp will be ready when heated the whole way through. Ensure that you don’t overcook them.
- Remove the dish from the microwave carefully because the dish may be too hot to touch.
- Let your shrimp cool. Your shrimp should be ready to serve.
The Steaming Method
The fourth method to reheat shrimp is the steaming method. Steaming is also just as effective and it is a much easier way of reheating your shrimp. Also, reheating your shrimp this way is much quicker.
You will need
- A steamer pot big enough for your shrimp,
- Some water
- Your pre-cooked shrimp
Follow these steps to heat your shrimp with a steamer
- Fill your pot with water and place the steamer insert on top of it. Make sure it doesn’t come in contact with the water. Ensure that you do not boil the shrimp but steam them instead.
- Place the shrimp inside the steamer and arrange your shrimp in a single layer, without piling them up.
- Cover your pot, and wait for the water to boil. When it reaches the boiling point, it should only take two to three minutes for you to notice the distinct shrimp smell, and when you do, take out your shrimp from the steamer. Your shrimp should be ready to serve.