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How to Steam Shrimp


Steaming shrimp is one of the best cooking methods for succulent, tender shrimp. Not only is steaming one of the healthiest ways to prepare shrimp, but it’s also one of the easiest. Learn how to steam shrimp for your next appetizer or dinner-time meal in under 15 minutes.

The Best Shrimp for Steaming

Rich in natural red color with a sweet flavor, our Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp and Shell-On Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp are the perfect match for steaming. These shrimp are wild-caught off the coast of South America and frozen fresh day of catch. These are a great upgrade for any shrimp recipe, we guarantee you’ll never want any other shrimp again!

How to Steam Shrimp

Shrimp is such a versatile protein-rich option, that is fast and easy to cook! Steam shrimp in a flash with these four simple steps.

1.Thaw Shrimp

To prepare shrimp for cooking, refrigerate overnight by removing the shrimp from the bag. Place in a strainer with a plate underneath. Once completely thawed, rinse well and drain. To thaw faster, remove the desired amount of shrimp from the bag. Place in a bowl of cold water for 10-20 minutes. Once thawed, be sure to use shrimp within 24 hours.

2. Season Shrimp

Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Then season our Omaha Steaks Seafood Rub with Citrus & Herb or your favorite seasoning blend. Not a seasoning expert? When in doubt a dash of salt, pepper, and garlic is always a safe bet.

3. Boil Water

Bring two-thirds to half a pot of water to a rapid boil. If you’ve got a steamer basket, now’s the time to pull it out. If not, don’t worry, you can use a colander or mesh strainer.

4. Steam Shrimp

Once the water is boiling, place the steaming vessel above the water and add the shrimp. It’s important that the shrimp are above the water and should not be touching the surface or in any way submerged. Steam your shrimp for 5-6 minutes, tossing halfway to ensure even cooking. Fully cooked shrimp will turn opaque in color and have an internal temperature of 145°F.

How to Serve Steamed Shrimp

Serve your steamed shrimp hot or chilled. Create a simple meal by adding your favorite vegetable to the steamer alongside the shrimp. Spice up your next party appetizers by serving steamed shrimp with our Sweet & Tangy Cocktail Sauce, or use the leftovers as a high-protein salad topper!

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