Q: I’ve been told that I cannot reheat shrimp after it has been cooked. Is that true? What is the safest way, if any, to reheat my shrimp?
A: Reheating shrimp is very common and is not something that should be feared at all! Many dishes feature shrimp in them, so it is a good thing we can use a variety of methods to reheat them!
By far the most common way to reheat shrimp, the microwave is ideal if you are reheating a meal in total. Say you bought shrimp scampi, simply add a splash of water (you can even use milk to make it creamier) to the noodles in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for two minutes, stir, and continue heating in 30-second increments until everything is warmed through.
The Skillet Method
Using the stovetop is the best way to reheat shrimp if they do not have anything with them. If you have separated the shrimp from a dish or say ordered grilled shrimp, the skillet will ensure, they keep their texture without getting mushy.
Add oil to the pan, about two tablespoons, then add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for two to three minutes per side. They will cook quickly so be sure to keep an eye on them!
The Oven Method
There will be times when shrimp will come breaded, in that case, the oven will help ensure they do not get soggy in the cooking process. Not to mention, the oven is a very easy way to reheat just about anything!
To reheat your breaded shrimp, make a pouch of aluminum foil and loosely wrap the shrimp in it. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F, and then cook for about 15 minutes. Half way through cooking, check their progress and adjust accordingly. If you notice they are not crispy, allow the foil to vent.
The Steaming Method
There is just something about cocktail shrimp that makes many people squeamish. Instead of eating them chilled, you can steam them and have no loss of flavor. You can also steam other shrimp types, using this method as long as they are not breaded.
Fill a double boiler and bring the water to a boil. Add your shrimp, just make sure the steam can rise around them, so do not layer them too high. Steam your shrimp until you can smell them, about five minutes, depending on how many are in the pot.
Shrimp is a very easy dish or component to reheat, and it is safe. Now there is no reason to eat your seafood cold ever again. With these methods, you can bring your cold dish back to its delicious warm state! Enjoy!