Cooked shrimp is suitable for freezing, but freezing shrimp raw better preserves its flavor. Thaw frozen shrimp in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage, or speed thawing by running it under cold water.
Shrimp have been known to live from 1 year to as long as over 20 years in captivity. According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the life cycle varies based on geography and the species of shrimp.
Shrimp should not be refrigerated for more than 2 to 3 days. Some companies print a sell-by date on the package, and this should be followed after purchasing shrimp.
Cooked shrimp can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Fresh shrimp should be cooked within a day or two. Frozen raw shrimp lasts six months, but cooked shrimp should be used within two months of freezing.
The baking time for shrimp is 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the oven temperature and size and preparation of the shrimp. Cooking experts warn against overcooking shrimp because it takes on a chewy, rubbery texture. Shrimp are finished cooking when they turn pink and the flesh becomes opaque.
The shelf life of thawed shrimp in the refrigerator is about two days. Thawing frozen shrimp at home is preferable to buying thawed shrimp from the store so that the date of thawing is known, and it allows the freshness of the shrimp to be better controlled.
According to About.com, cooked shrimp lasts three days in the coldest part of the refrigerator. However, it must be kept in a sealed bag or container to remain consumable.
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.
Shrimp can last in the freezer for six to eight months past the sell-by date. The storage time is the same for fresh shrimp as open or cooked shrimp.
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.