Steamed shrimp has been gently cooked, bringing it to the peak of perfection. Now you have leftover cold shrimp; how can you reheat them? Reheating shrimp can be a tricky business if you do not want them overcooked. Since shrimp is so delicate, they begin cooking again quickly.
No matter which method of reheating you choose, you will find pros and cons about it. Choose the one that works best for you and what you want to do.
You can zap your steamed shrimp in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. While this method is very fast, it can overcook your shrimp, even in this short amount of time. If you are fine with the results, great. Enjoy your warmed up shrimp!
You can rev up the steamer again and just pop your shrimp into your steam basket for just a minute or two. It may just heat up your shrimp, or it may start cooking them again. Keep a close eye on it and remove the shrimp as soon as you think they are hot enough. Add them to whatever recipe you want or just eat them plain.
In the Pan
You can also put a little oil or butter in a skillet and warm your shrimp that way. They may cook a little bit more, but they will just taste more like pan-fried shrimp. Watch them carefully so they do not get overdone. If your steamed shrimp is already added to a pasta dish or other recipe, this may be the best way to heat the whole thing up with the least amount of impact on your shrimp.
If you are adding them to a new stir-fry, cook up the rest of the dish first and then drop the shrimp in for the last 30 seconds or so. It should be heated up sufficiently to make the dish delicious. You could also heat them up by combining them with vegetables and then stuffing the mixture into wonton wrappers and serve them as shrimp egg rolls. The shrimp will be nice and hot by the time the wonton wrappers are cooked.
In the Oven
Some people will heat up their oven, and then turn it off when they put their shrimp in to be reheated. This may work just fine or you may find your shrimp is still a bit cold. If you put the shrimp in while the oven is on, it will heat up your shrimp, but they may get overcooked and dry unless you keep a good eye on them.
Eating Them Cold
Of course, the only way to keep them from the possibility of overcooking is to eat them cold. You can always add plain steamed shrimp to cocktail sauce and enjoy a lovely shrimp cocktail. Sprinkle them into salads or cut them up and mix them seasoned mayonnaise to make a sandwich spread. You could run them through the food processor and make a shrimp paste that you can use in dips or on toast.
Photo Credit: Steamed Shrimp Dinner by Tobyotter, on Flickr
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