How to quickly cook shrimp:
For added convenience, precooked shrimp is readily available, but when starting with raw, you may cook the shrimp (in this case peeled and deveined with tail removed) according to your favorite method or use one of the following options:
- To grill: Lightly coat with oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill over medium heat, 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and just cooked through the center.
- To broil: Lightly coat with oil, season with salt and pepper, and broil the shrimp 4 inches from the heat for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side.
- To cook on the stovetop: Lightly season the shrimp with salt and pepper and sear in a skillet preheated to medium-high with just enough oil to lightly coat the pan. Cook until pink and no longer translucent, about 4-5 minutes total.
- For added flavor with any of these cooking methods, you could season the shrimp with an optional 1/2 teaspoon or so each of chili powder and cumin or a light sprinkle of Old Bay.
To quickly thaw frozen shrimp: Place the shrimp in a colander, and then place the colander in a larger bowl, pot, or sink filled with cold water. Let the shrimp sit for 5-10 minutes, swishing occasionally with your hand to break up any frozen clusters. When thawed, remove the colander from the water, rinse with cold water and squish one more time to make sure no icy clumps remain. Drain well and pat dry.