How To Reheat Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the nicest seafood options. It is so versatile and can be used in many different recipes. Shrimp is great fresh, deep-fried, and even in soups. They are one of the more popular seafood dishes and it is easy to see why.

If you have cooked a batch of shrimp and have some leftovers in the refrigerator, you may be wondering if the shrimp is safe to reheat. As long as the shrimp have not gone bad it is safe to reheat them.

There are many different ways you can reheat shrimp!

In this article, we will be discussing three of the best ways to reheat shrimp. We will be taking a look at the quickest option and how long you will need to reheat the shrimp. 

You may be surprised by how easy the overall process is. We hope that you will find this article helpful and shelltastic!

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How To Reheat Shrimp

As we have discussed above, there are many different ways you can safely reheat shrimp. In this article, we will be focusing on 3 ways in particular - the microwave, oven, and skillet

All of these methods are fairly easy. Some will provide you with a better taste overall, while others will cook your shrimp quickly if you are short of time. 

Important tip: When you are cooking shrimp, it must not be more than 24 hours old. If you cook it after this time, you may suffer from a foodborne illness. 


To begin, let’s discuss reheating shrimp in the microwave. This is by far the quickest and easiest method.

As with anything that you cook in the microwave, it requires minimal effort. 

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

Step 1 - Placing your Shrimp In The Microwave

First, you will need to place your shrimp on a microwave-safe plate or container and then pop it into the microwave.

We would recommend covering your shrimp with either shrink wrap or the container lid. This will help to prevent the shrimp from drying out while cooking. 

Step 2 - Water

Before you cook your shrimp you should sprinkle or spray them slightly with water.

This will help them to remain moist and can prevent them from becoming too dry. 

Step 3 - Cooking Your Shrimp

When you are cooking shrimp in the microwave, you will need to be careful to not overcook it.

While the microwave is the quickest option, because it heats the food so fast, the shrimp can quickly become rubbery.

You will want to reheat the shrimp in the microwave at the highest temperature for a minute. 

Step 4 - Checking Your Shrimp

After a minute, take your shrimp out and see how warm they are. Give them a quick stir and place them in the microwave for another t30 seconds to a minute. 

After they finish cooking, ensure that they are piping hot before you remove them. If they are still lukewarm, place them into the microwave for another 30 seconds. They should be piping hot after this. 

Once they are piping hot, you can take them out of the microwave, and they will be safe to eat. 


Putting the shrimp in the oven is another foolproof way to reheat them.

The process does take a little longer in comparison to the microwave, but the shrimp will taste delicious!

Here are all of the steps you will need:

Step 1 - Preheating Your Oven

Before you cook your shrimp, you will need to preheat your oven for at least 10 minutes at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step 2 - Preparing Your Shrimp

While your oven is preheating you will want to prepare your shrimp. To do so, place them on some aluminum foil. You can pop some oil, seasoning, and a sprinkle of water on to the shrimps if you would like.

Next, you will want to cover the shrimp loosely with the aluminum so they are wrapped up. 

Step 3 - Cooking Your Shrimp

Once your oven has preheated, place the shrimp into the oven. You will want to cook them for around 15 minutes, keeping the temperature at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

While they are cooking you should check on them a few times to ensure they are cooking correctly.

Before you take them out of the oven, you will need to ensure that they are piping hot. They will then be ready to be taken out and enjoyed!


The final reheating method we will be discussing in this article is using a skillet or pan.

This is one of the best and easiest ways to reheat shrimp and makes them taste nice and crispy. 

Here are all of the steps that you will need to follow:

Step 1 - Heating Your Skillet

Before you reheat your shrimp, you will want to ensure your skillet has been heated up.

Once it is heated to a good temperature, add a small amount of oil to the pan. Adding too much oil will ruin the taste of the shrimp!

Step 2 - Cooking Your Shrimp

Pour your shrimp into the skillet and ensure that they are evenly spread out and separated. This will help them to reheat well. You can add some seasoning to them if you wish. 

You will want to cook your shrimp on medium heat for around 5 minutes. If they are placed in a skillet at too high a temperature they can quickly become overcooked.

Step 3 - Flipping The Shrimp

When you are halfway through the cooking time, flip the shrimp so each side is cooked evenly.

Before you take the shrimp out of the skillet or pan ensure that they are piping hot throughout. 


We hope that this article has helped you to discover the best ways to reheat shrimp. As you can see there are many different options, and it is fairly easy to do. 

The most important thing to remember is that you should only reheat shrimp for 24 hours after they have been initially cooked to avoid any potential foodborne illnesses.

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