How To Cook Raw Shrimp & Frozen Shrimp – Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

The fact is many people love shrimp, but almost not everyone knows how to cook shrimp properly. If you want to enjoy it every day, you must know about this. Why don’t we start the topic today?

1. How To Cook Shrimp & FAQs

   1.1. How To Thaw Frozen Shrimp Quickly?

  • Cut your bag of frozen shrimp and put them in a large bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the kitchen sink, under the tap.
  • Open the tap and let the water run continuously on the bowl of frozen shrimp for 5-10 minutes.
  • In-between, you may turn the bowl around and drain out some water.
  • Once you notice the frozen shrimps have changed from white to translucent, and you can bend them, turn off the tap.
  • Drain the water and set them aside for prepping/cooking.

   1.2. How do you know when shrimp is done the cooking?

The color of the shrimp asserts its doneness!

  • When the raw translucent shrimp turns pinkish, with opaque & slightly whitish flesh, and vibrant reddish tail, it shows that the shrimp is cooked to perfection.
  • If the color seems too much whitish, then the shrimp is definitely over-cooked.

2. How to Cook Shrimp on the Stove – Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Sauteed Recipe


  • 10-12 raw shrimps or thawed (Remove shrimp heads, skin removed and de-veined if using raw shrimp)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oils
  • A pinch of salt (or as per taste)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A pan & spatula

 How Long to Cook Shrimp on the Stove

You can sauteed shrimp on the stove within 5 minutes (2 minutes prepping & 3 minutes saute)!


Step 1: Heat the pan on the stove over medium-high flame. 

Step 2: Add the olive oils, and wait for the oil to heat. Then, add the prepped shrimps.

Step 3: Sautéed the shrimps for 2 minutes and adjust the flame to medium-low heat.

Step 4: Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Sauté for another minute before transferring them to the serving plate!

Serve the sautéed shrimps immediately by sprinkling freshly chopped coriander leaves and a wedge of lime.

Tip: Do not leave the shrimps in the pan after turning off the flame. Since the pan is still hot, the shrimps will continue cooking. Therefore, become over-cooked and rubbery.

Cook Shrimp on the Stove

3. How to Cook Shrimp in the Oven – Baked Shrimp Garlic Butter Recipe


  • 10-15 raw shrimps or thawed (Remove shrimp heads, skin removed and de-veined if using raw shrimp)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • A pinch of salt (or as per taste)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 baking tray & non-stick edible spray

 How Long To Cook Shrimp in the Oven

It takes 9 minutes (2 minutes prepping & 7 minutes baking) to cook shrimp in the oven!


Step 1: Set the oven at 400°F for preheating.

Step 2: Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Put all the ingredients (shrimps, melt butter, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, & chili flakes) in the lined baking tray and mix well.

Step 3: Place the baking tray in the oven for 7 minutes. You will know the shrimps are ready to be taken out when they curl up and turn pinkish.

Serve them with tortillas, fresh herbs, lime wedges, onion slices, and sour cream. 

Tip: You can enjoy this recipe with various veggies and colorful bell peppers. To do so, you need to slice the veggies into medium-thick pieces and bake them in the lined baking tray for 10 minutes before adding the shrimps.

Cook Shrimp in the Oven

4. How to Cook Shrimp on the Grill – Grilled Shrimp Skewers Recipe


  • 10-15 raw shrimps or thawed with the tail (Remove shrimp heads, skin removed and de-veined if using raw shrimp)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • A grill & a bowl

How Long to Cook Shrimp on the Grill

You can cook shrimps on the grill within 7 minutes (1 minute prepping & 6 minutes grilling)!


Step 1: Preheat the grill at high heat.

Step 2: In a bowl, transfer the shrimps and add all the ingredients (oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt & paprika). Mix together and head off to the grill.

Step 4: Thread the shrimp onto skewers and place the skewers on the grill. Close the lid and let one side cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5: Open the lid, flip the shrimps, and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.

Serve the piping hot grilled shrimps with fresh salad, dipping sauce, coconut yogurt, or sour cream.

5. How to Cook Cocktail Shrimp


  • 10-12 raw shrimps or thawed (Remove shrimp heads and de-veined if using raw shrimp)
  • A pot, bowl, & cocktail glass

For poaching the shrimps

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/3 sugar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

For the sauce

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How Long To Cook Cocktail Shrimp

It takes 10 minutes to cook cocktail shrimp!


Step 1: Add the water in a pot along with sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Bring it to a boil.

Step 2: Add the shrimps and cook for 3 and a half minutes. Turn off the flame and put ice-cubes on the pot to stop the shrimps from getting overcooked. After a few minutes, get the shrimps out on a tray to remove their skin.

Step 3: Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl.

Serve in a cocktail glass by pouring the sauce in the glass and placing the poached shrimps on the rim of the glass.

Cook Cocktail Shrimp

That’s how to cook shrimp at home. Although shrimp is not too difficult to prepare and cook, you need to prepare all the accompanying ingredients that I have mentioned above; them will help you have great shrimp.

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