How To Reheat Shrimp? – 4 Different Methods!

Do you love seafood? Are you a keen lover of experimenting in the kitchen? Are you always on the lookout for new recipes that save you time? Shrimps are a favorite seafood when it comes to recipes because of their exquisite flavor and versatility in unique recipes.

Can you reheat shrimp?

Yes, you can safely reheat shrimp in an oven, microwave, steamer, or stovetop. Make sure not to heat the shrimp over 165°F as it can dry it out. For best results, use an oven or stovetop.

Do you want to know about the methods you can use to reheat shrimp? I will help you every step of the way. Read on for more guidance!

Safest way to reheat shrimp!

Reheating shrimp is a quick fix for a seafood snack. However, you must keep in mind that you can warm up shrimp only once. If you reheat them multiple times, they may end up making you sick, so it is better not to take such a risk.

You can hat up shrimps using an oven, microwave, steamer, and stovetop, depending on the nature of your dish. The key is to confirm that your shrimps reach a temperature of 165°F when you reheat them for a better overall texture.

The best way to reheat shrimp is to use an oven instead of a microwave. Reheating shrimp is a relatively safe and straightforward process. All you need to do is make sure you follow the proper etiquette of storing them to ensure superior quality and texture when you reheat them.

To learn how to cook shrimp, read this amazing article!

shrimp in gravy

How to reheat shrimp in a microwave?

Follow these steps to safely reheat shrimp:

  1. Place shrimp in a microwave-safe plate, or a casserole dish.
  2. Ensure the shrimps are arranged in a single layer.
  3. Spray the shrimp with water or milk for moisture.
  4. Cover them with a microwave-safe lid. You can use plastic wrap for covering purposes.
  5. Place them in the microwave and heat for 1-2 minutes at high temperature changing their sides periodically.
  6. Make sure the shrimp is heated through the middle.
  7. Take it out of the microwave and allow it to cool down. Your shrimp is ready.

Microwaves are usually used to reheat shrimp dishes such as steamed shrimp, Alfredo shrimp, shrimp scampi, etc. Microwaving is the most comfortable and easy method out of the other options; however, you may end up ruining the shrimp if you do not follow the steps properly.

It would help if you were very careful to stop heating the shrimp once you hear a spluttering sound as the shrimp makes that sound to signify overcooking. Another thing to be careful of is to use microwave-safe dishes and covers to prevent melting at high temperatures.

Here is a related article on reheating crawfish that may be interesting for you!

shrimps being heated in a pan

How to reheat shrimp in an oven?

To reheat your shrimp in the oven, follow the following steps for ultimate results:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper that is lightly greased.
  3. Arrange your shrimp evenly in a single layer, out on an oven-safe tray or a baking sheet.
  4. Coat each shrimp with oil or butter to prevent them from drying out. Skip this step for reheating breaded shrimp.
  5. Place the shrimp inside the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Make sure to flip them halfway to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  7. Remove the shrimp from the oven and let them cool.

Alternative to a baking sheet: If you do not want to use a baking sheet and parchment paper, then you can wrap the shrimp loosely in aluminum foil to retain moisture.

Reheating shrimp in the oven is the most efficient method. It is relatively safe and helps preserve the flavor, texture as well as crunchiness of the shrimp. If you feel like your shrimp is not as crunchy as you want it to be, you can vent the foil for better crunchiness.

This method is also an optimum option when it comes to reheating breaded shrimp. The oven method is preferred over reheating shrimp in a microwave as it reaps better results.

Did you know that you can also heat up leftover lobster? Here’s how!

steaming seafood for reheating

How to reheat shrimp in a steamer?

Following is a detailed procedure of reheating shrimp in a steamer:

  1. Fill a pot with water that reaches above the halfway mark.
  2. Ensure the water does not come into contact with the insert when you put it inside the pot.
  3. Your shrimp should be arranged in a single layer, and do not pile them too high.
  4. Make sure your shrimp is not overcrowded and adequately spaced, as this will prevent sogginess.
  5. Let the shrimp cook by placing the double boiler overheat and letting it boil.
  6. Cook the shrimp for about five minutes or so until you can smell them.
  7. In case you don’t have an insert, you quickly replace it with skewer sticks, a filter, or even as simple as a bowl.
  8. Let the shrimp cool before serving.

This method is best for all kinds of shrimp dishes except for breaded shrimp. If you want to reheat breaded shrimp, it is better to use an oven. Steaming is a straightforward and hassle-free method that allows you to reheat your shrimp without any difficulties quickly. It is an excellent alternative method to reheating in an oven or microwave. 

You might also be interested in learning how to warm up mussels. Click here to find out now!

How to reheat shrimp on a stovetop?

Follow these steps to reheat your shrimp properly on a stovetop:

  1. Add some oil or butter to a skillet and heat on medium heat on a stovetop.
  2. Then add your shrimp to the heated pan once you feel the oil is hot enough.
  3. Evenly spread out your shrimp so they can be cooked properly.
  4. Cook your shrimp, each side, for about two to three minutes on medium heat.
  5. Increase the cooking time if your shrimp are bigger.

This is the best way to retain the texture of the shrimp without it getting mushy. It is the most efficient method, cooking your shrimp in less than five minutes. However, this method does not work for breaded shrimp. Moreover, you need to separate the shrimp from the dish for this method and individually reheat them.

Here’s a video on how you can reheat shrimp on a stove!

Bottom line on reheating shrimp!

Reheating shrimp is a simple process that you can do in four different ways using a microwave, oven, steamer, and stovetop. Just make sure to reheat them only once! We hope we helped in making the process easy to follow.

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I'm Immad, a passionate home chef and the proud curator of RavvyReviews, a kitchen appliance & food blog. Through my blog, I share expert tips all aimed at inspiring fellow food enthusiasts to embark on their culinary adventures with confidence and creativity. I love interacting with you guys, do share your thoughts in the comments. Get in touch with me through
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