Shrimp recipes are one of the most popular dinner ideas. They’re quick to make, usually taking less than 30 minutes from freezer to dinner table. Here I’ll show you some tips and tricks on How to Saute Shrimp so you get tender shrimp every time!

How to Saute Shrimp

When properly cooked, shrimp is tender and succulent. But all too often they they’re overcooked and become tough and chewy.

Fortunately, I have a method that’s foolproof and it works flawlessly every single time. I used it on many shrimp recipes including Shrimp Pad Thai, Honey Garlic Shrimp, Garlic Butter Shrimp, Teriyaki Shrimp and Shrimp Fajitas.

A 5-Minute Stovetop Method

For a quick and easy stovetop method for cooking shrimp, follow the steps below:

  1. Always thaw your shrimp properly before cooking
  2. Heat a large skillet or frying pan on medium-high, and then add oil
  3. When the skillet or pan is hot and steamy, stir in shrimp. Don’t over-crowd the pan. Cook in batches if needed.
  4. A minute or two on each side is enough. You will see your shrimp turn pink and curl up. Remove them from the pan immediately to a plate, since shrimp will keep cooking even after the pan is removed from the heat.

This method explains how to cook perfect shrimp using frying or sautéing techniques. If you’d like to bake, grill, boil or use other methods, here is a comprehensive guide on how to cook shrimp.