How Long Do You Boil Raw Shrimp?


Quick Answer

Small shrimp (50 or more per pound) take only two or three minutes to cook. If 31 to 35 shrimp are in a pound, they need six to eight minutes of cooking time.

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To boil raw shrimp in the shell, heat about 5 cups of water for each pound of shellfish. After the water comes to a rolling boil, add the shrimp and stir. Put the lid on the pot, and turn off the heat. After letting the shrimp sit for two to eight minutes, remove a shrimp and cut it in half through the thickest part. If the shellfish is opaque throughout, it is done.

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