How long do you boil shrimp?

How long do you boil shrimp?  This is one of the most-often asked questions today.  And the answer is quite simple, most of the time you cook shrimp less than 5 or 6 minutes, total.

Sometimes it will be even less.  The important thing to remember is that over-cooked shrimp is tough and that it cooks quickly.

The Color is the Key

Almost every cook, when asked How long do you boil shrimp, will tell you that they are done when they are a nice pink color.

Since water can vary slightly in temperature depending on altitude and air pressure when you're cooking, the color of the shrimp is a much better guide as to when they're done than your timer.

Use this rule:  

  • Turn em pink then take the heat away!  
You follow that with both shrimps and prawns and you can seldom go wrong.

Best wishes for good cooking ...

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