How to Reheat Cooked Shrimp
Shrimps are a godsend for our diet! They are small, delicious, and healthy. Luckily, the days are over when these crustaceans were only reserved for the super-rich. Today, shrimps are found in every supermarket, and the demand is rising. If shrimp constitute a major part of your diet, you will probably have some leftovers after each meal. However, when reheating, it’s vital to note that shrimps generally do not tolerate much heat, they quickly become dry and tough; that’s why it’s important to know how to properly reheat them. Continue reading to get the best ways your leftover shrimps can be reheated for subsequent meals.
Microwaved shrimps are quite quick and easy; in fact, we would not be wrong to say that it is the easiest. However, when you are making use of the microwave to reheat your shrimp, the possibility of overcooking it is high. Below are things you will need:
- Pre-cooked shrimps
- Casserole dish or bowl
- Lid or cover
Procedure for reheating:
- Reheating is best done with a microwave-safe bowl, or better still, a casserole dish will suffice. So put the shrimps in either of the two.
- The arrangement should be done in a single layer, with a little water splashed on them.
- Use the lid to cover the bowl and place it inside the microwave. In the absence of a lid, a plastic wrap can come in handy.
- One to two minutes on high temperature is okay for the shrimps, but the cooked shrimps should be hot all through. However, the timing is likely to vary, but this is largely dependent on the number of shrimps you wish to reheat.
- When heated, remove the shrimps from the microwave and allow it time to cool, and then proceed to serve.
- Serving can be done with salad, rice, or you can make some shrimp omelet.
For the microwave shrimps, the bowl used should be microwave-safe, and free from plastic. Plastic is likely to melt a very high temperature. As for the lid or cover, it should be the type that is heat-resistant. Covers with low quality are likely to melt when the temperature gets too high and drip into the content of the bowl. For quick and healthy meals, you can add cold rice to your shrimp before reheating. Note that you can make omelets from reheated shrimps, and to get the best out of your omelet, eat it with cheese toppings. It is also possible to make a salad with reheated shrimps.
One of the known easiest and quickest methods to reheat cooked shrimp is the use of a skillet. The stovetop can do the job perfectly well so long as you keep a close watch on the shrimps while reheating. This helps to prevent overheating, and you will end up with perfectly reheated, delicious, fresh-tasting shrimps. It is possible to reheat any leftover shrimp dish by frying, and this includes the likes of breaded shrimp and the rest. However, if the dish was not initially fried, there may be a bit of change in the taste and texture. If you wish to reheat your shrimp with this method, follow the steps below:
- Heat your frying pan over medium heat
- Add some frying oil and allow some time to heat.
- Add the shrimps to the hot oil but do not overcrowd – they are best arranged in a single layer and evenly spread.
- Allow the shrimps to cook and flip them after about three minutes.
- When done reheating, scoop the shrimps out and place them on a rack to cool.
The tools/ingredients required for this method are just the cooked shrimps and skillet, however, make sure that your skillet is good enough for the process. If the shrimp came with a dish, you will first need to separate it from the dish in order to achieve good results with the reheating.
Steaming is yet another workable method for reheating your shrimps. This way flavor is retained in the leftover shrimps. There is also versatility in this method; you can even decide to reheat with the aid of a double boiler. However, the steaming method is not recommended for breaded shrimp to prevent sogginess. The following procedure should be followed while reheating shrimps with a steamer:
- Fill a pot half-way with water
- Place the steamer insert goes into the pot. Be sure that whichever insert you decide to use will not touch the water.
- The shrimps should be arranged in a single layer – avoid pilling them up.
- Place the pot on the heat and steam the shrimps.
- In the absence of an insert, a strainer, bowl or skewer sticks can come in handy.
- When done steaming the shrimps, allow them some time to cool before serving.
While making use of an insert for steaming, ensure that the shrimps are evenly reheated by spacing them out as they tend to go soggy when overcrowded. Serving is best done by dipping the reheated shrimps in melted butter, or better still, a splash of lemon is equally delicious.
It is pretty simple to reheat cooked shrimps in an oven. The oven is equally good for reheating breaded shrimps coated with coconut and several other dry ingredients. This way, you will be able to preserve the crunch, and prevent sogginess. Below is a step by step process for this method:
- The oven should be preheated up to 300 degrees.
- Loosely wrap or cover the cooked shrimp with an aluminum foil.
- Make use of an oven-safe tray to arrange the shrimps in a single layer.
- Put the tray with the prepared shrimps into the oven and allow to cook. Fifteen minutes is perfect for this method.
- When cooked, take the tray out of the oven.
- Allow it some time to cool and you can relish your preheated shrimps.
You should try coating the shrimps with butter or oil to preserve the flavor and taste. The shrimps should be kept moist by covering the pan with aluminum foil. Note that it is important that you make use of the potholders when you are ready to take the pan from the oven.