How long to cook shrimp in the microwave?

Cook shrimp with a small amount of liquid for 6 minutes, stirring in the middle of cooking.

How to cook shrimp in the microwave

– half a kilo
Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
Water – 2 tablespoons
Salt – 2 small pinches
Lemon – 2 slices


  • Defrost shrimp using the Fast Defrost or Defrost by Weight setting.
  • Drain the water formed during defrosting and rinse.
  • Cook the shrimp in a deep microwave-safe dish.
  • Pour the shrimp with a mixture of water, salt and soy sauce.
  • Mix the shrimp well by shaking a covered dish or by hand.
  • Set the microwave to full power and cook for three minutes.
  • Stir and cook for another three minutes.
  • We take out ready-made crustaceans from the microwave and drain all the liquid.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, mix again and serve.

If the shrimp will be served as an appetizer, provide a large plate in the center of the table, and a small dish for each participant in the meal in order to fold the shells.

Tasty Facts

For cooking, use deep dishes to avoid situations with water spilled on the bottom of the microwave.

Microwave ovens are designed in such a way that, unlike traditional defrosting methods, the product is heated from the inside out, and not vice versa. Therefore, in order for the shrimp to cook evenly, they need to be mixed several times during the cooking process.

Shrimps will not cook evenly if you load more than one kilogram in one dish – so separate your shrimp and cook in equal batches. In order to give shrimp an Asian touch, you can season them with hot pepper, dried garlic and a pinch of dried ginger, and use lime and mint leaf instead of lemon.

Overcooking the shrimp will make it rubbery, so don’t overdo it over time.

You can mix a small cube of butter into freshly cooked shrimp – this will make them softer and more fragrant.

A shrimp, like a crayfish, has an “esophagus” in its tail, so do not forget to pull it out during a snack or remove it by cutting the tail along the back side in advance.