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There aren’t many people I know who don’t love shrimp. Whether you’re eating it at a restaurant or making some at home, it’s one of the best meals. It’s not very often that I find there are leftovers from shrimp, but on the occasion that there is, to prevent wasting, the question arises can you reheat shrimp?
Shrimp can be reheated and will taste as good as fresh. You can steam it with some water on the stove, in the microwave, or put it in the oven to bake or grill for a few minutes. Frying it in a pan or skillet will also heat it, but it might dry it up a little.
The method of reheating shrimp can be slightly tricky, but if you follow the proper steps, you will get it just right. Let us look at a few ways you can reheat shrimp.
- Does Reheating Shrimp Work?
- Reheat Shrimp In The Microwave
- Reheating Shrimp In The Oven
- Reheating Shrimp On The Stove
- How To Know When Shrimp Is Reheated Through Fully
Does Reheating Shrimp Work?
Whether you’re eating grilled, garlic buttery, peri-peri, or lemon butter shrimp, you can most definitely reheat your leftovers. It also works if you want to make your food ahead of time and reheat it at mealtime.
The trick to getting shrimp taste just as good as freshly prepared is to learn how to reheat it without causing it to become rubbery. Overheating and overcooking give it a rubbery texture. Whereas if done right, you can reheat 3-4 days old cooked shrimp, and no one will know that you are serving old food.
Take a look at the steps laid out to reheating shrimp in a few different methods.
Reheat Shrimp In The Microwave
Here is how you can reheat shrimp in the microwave. We recommend using glass dishes and fully microwavable cookware instead of plastic for this process.
- Place your shrimp in a microwave-safe dish by spreading them out evenly.
- Cover it with a plate or any microwave-safe dish. It will help with the heating up process and trap in the steam.
- If your shrimp does not have much sauce, add a little water. The amount of water you use depends on how much shrimp you have in the dish. Typically, 1-2 tablespoons should work out fine.
- Microwave it for 30-second intervals, making sure to check it and mix it around or turn them to allow even heat distribution.
- Only continue until the shrimp is heated through because if you do it any longer, it will overcook and become rubbery.
This method works best for shrimp that is not breaded. If you microwave breaded shrimp after removing it from the fridge, it will get soggy and spoil the taste.
Reheating Shrimp In The Oven
Below are the steps to reheating your shrimp in the oven. Remember to keep a close eye by opening and checking on it to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Place a piece of foil covering the surface of your baking sheet or in your baking dish.
- Lay the shrimp out in one layer evenly on top of the foil.
- Use more foil to cover the baking sheet to retain the heat and steam.
- Bake it for about 15 minutes, checking at every 5 minutes and turning if necessary.
- When it is heated through, you can remove it and serve immediately.
This method is perfect for fried shrimp, like crispy breaded shrimp. The oven makes the shrimp regain all the crispiness that it may have lost after being stored in the fridge, and the foil prevents it from heating only on the outer layer and burning.
Reheating Shrimp On The Stove
The steps below take you through reheating your shrimp on the stovetop, in a pan or skillet, by lightly frying or sautéing the shrimp.
- Heat a stainless steel frying pan on medium. The size of the pan should be large enough to lay your shrimp out in a single layer next to each other.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of your grease of choice – olive oil, butter, sesame oil, or anything you prefer. Regular vegetable oil would also work fine. The amount would depend on how much shrimp you’re heating.
- At this point (once grease is hot), you can add extra seasoning or sauces if you want to spruce up your old shrimp. You can even create a saucy shrimp if your dish was initially dry.
- Add the shrimp to the pan, and sauté it for about 3-5 minutes, turning it to spread the heat equally.
- When you notice that it is golden brown and slightly caramelized, you can immediately remove it from the heat to prevent overcooking.
This method works for breaded shrimp if you work with higher heat and use trial and error. The coating can absorb the oil and juices and get soggy so if you find that happening, stick to regular shrimp for this method.
How To Know When Shrimp Is Reheated Through Fully
It’s easy to tell when your raw shrimp is cooked through. You have to make sure it’s not pink anymore. On the plus side, shrimp cooks super-fast, so it isn’t complicated to navigate.
However, trying to figure out if your 2-3 days old shrimp is thoroughly reheated while still trying to make sure you’re not overcooking it and causing it to become rubbery can be a little more challenging.
It’s not a huge deal-breaker, and your shrimp will be heated through once it’s hot to the touch, as long as you have used the proper steps and heating temperatures as mentioned above.
If you put the shrimp directly into extreme high heat, it may cook the outside and not the inside. If you leave it longer to heat through, it will become rubbery.
If you use medium heat temperatures, use the foil and cookware to retain the heat and steam, your shrimp will heat up quickly and all through the way pretty easily. Once it’s hot enough to the touch, it is ready to serve and enjoy and will be as good as new.
You can reheat shrimp in the microwave, in the oven, and on the stovetop. You can reheat regularly cooked shrimp such as saucy or grilled shrimp, and you can even reheat breaded shrimp if you follow the correct steps to retain and regain its crispiness.
Using basic knowledge and being creative in the kitchen will help you make the best out of your food and prevent wastage.