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  • Author: Emily Roselyn
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Learn how to cook frozen shrimp in a skillet on the stove-top





  • 2 lbs frozen raw shrimp
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon grape-seed oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from lemon)
  • parsley (for garnish)



  1. On a baking sheet, layer paper towels. Put it away.
  2. Allow the shrimp to defrost for about 20 minutes in a dish of cold water. To get rid of any ice crystals that may have formed, drain the water from the dish and run cold water over the shrimp.
  3. Remove the digestive tract by carefully cutting a slit lengthwise on the shrimp’s underbelly and backside with a paring knife or steak knife. Discard the stomach and intestines. Rinse the shrimp thoroughly
  4. To absorb all of the moisture from the shrimp, place them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Pat the shrimp’s surface dry with a couple of more paper towels.
  5. Season the shrimp with kosher salt, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning in a large mixing basin, tossing well to coat.
  6. In a medium-high-heat skillet, combine butter and grapeseed oil or olive oil. Swirl the pan with the frying oil as you go. In a single skillet, saute the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cook for another 2 minutes on the opposite side of the shrimp. Turn the heat off.
  7. Transfer the shrimp to a serving bowl or platter after removing them from the skillet. If you leave the shrimp in the skillet, the residual heat will continue to cook them, causing them to become rubbery and overdone.


  • Even if the packaging says it’s been de-veined, it’s a good idea to check through the shrimp to make sure they’re clean.
  • Make sure the shrimp are fully dry before putting them to the skillet to ensure a perfect searing.
  • At the seafood counter at your local grocery store, frozen raw shrimp is the freshest and should be utilized instead of defrosted shrimp.
  • To avoid the shrimp from steaming instead of searing, cook them in batches
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 295kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 2926mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 572mg

Keywords: Frozen shrimp, shrimp