How to Microwave Already-Cooked Shrimp


Shrimp is a nutritious and versatile food that can be used in numerous dishes, such as quesadillas, pasta or salads, with rice or as a bruschetta topping. Shrimp can be purchased fresh or frozen, cooked or uncooked. If you are using frozen cooked shrimp, then it is better to thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator or submerged in water than to put them in the microwave, since the microwave will further cook the shrimp. However, if you have leftover cooked shrimp or cold cooked shrimp that you would like to serve warm, then utilizing the microwave is an ideal choice.

Step 1

Place the cold cooked shrimp into a microwave-safe bowl or casserole dish.

Step 2

Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap and put the shrimp into your microwave.

Step 3

Cook the shrimp on high for one to two minutes, or until they are hot through the center. Microwave cooking times will vary.

Step 4

Remove the shrimp from the microwave when they are hot and allow them to cool for several minutes before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Shrimp

  • Microwave-safe bowl or dish

  • Plastic wrap


Combine shrimp with leftover rice for a quick and healthy meal.

Make a shrimp omelet by filling eggs with warmed shrimp and cheddar cheese.

Serve a warm shrimp Caesar salad by placing heated shrimp on top of romaine lettuce garnished with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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