The Right Way To Thaw Frozen Prawns To Avoid Mushiness



  • You got frozen shrimp, that's good. But the next place folks usually go wrong is thawing. It should go without saying that you should never use a microwave for defrosting shrimp, nor leave them to thaw on the kitchen counter.

  • The best way to defrost frozen shrimp is in a colander in the refrigerator overnight. The next best way is to seal them tightly in a Ziploc bag with all the air pressed out and then run water over the bag for 5 to 10 minutes. Don't use warm or hot water, and don't run water over them without the bag, or the shrimp will soak up water and turn soggy and mushy. That's also why we use a colander in the preferred method—so the shrimp don't end up waterlogged.