How to Freeze Shrimp | Yankee Kitchen
How to Freeze Cooked Shrimp
If you want to freeze shrimp that has been cooked, pick the meat from the shell, spread on a foil-covered cookie sheet, and place in the coldest part of the freezer. As soon as they’re firm, pack them in freezer bags, carefully squeezing out all the air.
How to Freeze Raw Shrimp
Raw shrimp can be frozen as picked-out meat. But flavor and texture are better preserved if you freeze raw shrimp in the shell.
- Remove heads, rinse briefly, and pack in rigid containers such as yogurt tubs.
- Pack them in carefully so there’s as little space between them as possible. Leave an inch of space at the top. Pour in a strong brine (2 tablespoons salt per quart of water) to cover the shrimp, leaving at least ½ inch of head space.
Frozen shrimp will keep for about three months at 0° F, a bit longer at -10°. Thaw immediately before use. Shrimp frozen in brine should be drained and rinsed unless they are to be boiled. If you’re planning to boil them, prepare the cooking water salt-free and throw them in as is.