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How to Reheat Shrimp: A Step-by-Step Tutorial for 5 Methods

In short, there are five ways to reheat shrimp to save a delicious taste: in the oven, steaming, in a skillet, in a microwave, and in an air fryer.

Shrimp is indeed a top delicacy that everyone will enjoy at dinner. Well, at least most adults. Children can sometimes be picky when it comes to seafood. It is one of those dishes that you learn to appreciate with age.

But, what if you happen to have leftovers after dinner? Does that mean you need to throw away the shrimps or that you have to eat them cold tomorrow? Under no circumstances, we bring you four proven methods on how to heat shrimps best.

Heating Up Shrimp In the Oven

One way you can reheat leftover shrimp or prawns is in the oven, and it’s a practical way, especially if you have a lot of shrimps to warm up. We don’t know how it happened to you, but you’re fortunate to have enough shrimp for a full meal the day after. 

Here are the steps to get your shrimp out of the oven perfectly. 

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 300 °F

Probably, preheating the oven is the most extended process when it comes to preparing shrimp for preheating. Set the temperature to 300 degrees F and let it heat up thoroughly.

Step 2: Wrap your Shrimp and Place them on a Baking Tray

While the oven heats up, you have time to prepare the shrimps. Wrap each one separately in a piece of aluminum foil and then arrange them on a baking tray. 

Arrange them so that they are in one row. Do not stack them on top of each other. You want each shrimp to heat up equally.

Step 3: Bake for about 15 Minutes

Put the shrimps in the oven and bake them for up to 15 minutes. However, check to see beforehand if they are heated enough. Depending on the size of the shrimp, they may need a little less time.

Reheating Shrimp Through Steaming

Steaming is another great way to reheat cooked shrimp leftovers. Just be careful not to get burned while working. Steam can often be awkward to manipulate. Here’s what you need to do to heat with steam and save shrimp moist.

Step 1: Boil Some Water in a Pot

Use a container that ideally fits your steaming net. Fill the pot with water, but make sure the water level is below the steaming net when you insert it. Shrimp should be steamed and not cooked. Put water on the fire to boil.

Step 2: Place your Shrimps in a Steaming Net and Cover

Put the leftover shrimp in a steam net. If you have a lot of shrimp, you better prepare them into several groups and heat them separately so that you have one row of shrimp in the net. Do not stack them on top of each other as the top layers will not heat up as well as the bottom. 

When you put the shrimps inside, cover the pot with a lid. Let it steam for about 3 minutes. You can check if the shrimp are ready after that, so leave them longer if necessary.

Warming Shrimp In A Skillet

You can also heat the grilled shrimp in a frying pan, why not. They already have a shell, and nothing will happen to the shrimp meat, nor will it burn. This method is fast and efficient, although I personally think that slightly juicier results can be achieved with steaming or heating in the oven.

Step 1: Add Some Oil in a Skillet and Preheat

Pour a little oil into the pan. It doesn’t need too much, but enough to cover the pan’s bottom so that the shrimp can bake well. 

Also, use vegetable oil instead of olive oil as it can withstand higher baking temperatures. Put the pan on medium heat—not too high—and let it heat up slightly. 

Step 2: Arrange your Shrimps in a Pan and Heat

In this case, do not stack the shrimp on top of each other. Rather bake in two rounds, so that the shrimp are in one row in the pan. 

Arrange them in a skillet and cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn them over, and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Your fried shrimp should be evenly and nicely heated and ready to be served.

Heating Shrimp In A Microwave

The last and fastest method is, of course, the microwave. If you’re in a hurry, you don’t have to shy away from reheating the shrimp in the microwave. With a few easy tips, they won’t dry out and will be nicely reheated. Be careful not to overcook them, so they don’t lose their excellent taste.

Step 1: Arrange your Shrimp Leftovers in a Dish

Use a dish that can go in the microwave. Lay the shrimp in it and again make sure they are in one row and not piled on top of each other. In this way, it will heat up evenly and nicely. 

Step 2: Sprinkle Some Water and Cover the Dish

Sprinkle a little water over the shrimp to restore their moisture and make them juicier. Then cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap, it is only important that it is suitable for microwaves. 

Step 3: Heat for Approximately 2 Minutes

Put the shrimp in the microwave and heat them for 2 minutes. Take them out and make sure they are warm enough. If they aren’t, you can put them back on but do so at 30-second warm-up intervals, so you don’t overcook them.

How to Reheat Shrimps In An Air Fryer

Next to the microwave, the air fryer is the second fastest method for heating shrimp. Super simple at the same time. Here’s what to do.

Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer

The ideal temperature for rapid heating will be 350 degrees F. Turn on the air fryer to preheat.

Step 2: Arrange the Shrimps in a Basket and Heat

Place the leftover shrimp in the air fryer basket. They don’t necessarily need to be in one layer but don’t fill the basket full, either. You can put some baking sheet beneath to escape cleaning. 

No coating of shrimp is required. Put them in the air fryer and let them heat up for about 2 to 3 minutes. That should be enough for an ideal result.



Reheating shrimp is actually a very simple process, and you can choose from any of the reheating methods. Choose the most practical one at a given time and depending on how many shrimp you have. You can reheat frozen shrimp the same way. In any case, your reheated lunch will be tasty and juicy. Be careful not to get overcooked shrimp, as that may ruin their perfect flavor.

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