How Long Can Shrimp Stay in the Refrigerator?

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Shrimp is safe to eat for up to 2 days past the sell-by date, according to USDA guidelines. It's important to store shrimp in the coolest spots of the refrigerator. Storing shrimp in the door exposes it to higher temperatures when the door is opened.

Experts say cooked shrimp should be consumed within a day. Shrimp can be frozen; however, freezing changes the texture. Additionally, frozen cooked shrimp loses nutrients.

Shrimp is a low-calorie food, as it contains only 84 calories per serving. Shrimp is a good source of protein, vitamin B12, selenium and iron. However, it is high in cholesterol.