How to Defrost Prawns: 3 Safe Methods

Prawns are delicate and are often frozen in order to preserve their freshness. Unless you have direct access to the sea, it might be a good option to choose frozen prawns.

Because we only want the freshest products and the best quality for our customers, this is why prawns are the ONLY product we sell frozen.

black tiger prawns

Like all frozen products, it is very important to carefully defrost prawns in order to keep the quality and freshness of this beautiful seafood. Here are methods you can try.

Defrost Prawns in the Refrigerator

Defrosting products in the refrigerator is always the safest method, but requires that you plan your meal ahead because prawns will need about 8 hours to fully defrost in the refrigerator. Transfer the prawns to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. Once defrosted, rinse the prawns with cold water before cooking them.

Defrost Prawns in Cold Water

Take the prawns out of the freezer and place them in a large colander. Place it in running water (make sure the water is cold) for a few minutes, moving the prawns so they can evenly defrost. Do NOT use warm water as this will unevenly defrost the prawns and can even start cooking the outside.


Defrost Prawns in Cold Briny Water

Prepare a container with enough water to cover all your prawns and add salt: 2 tablespoons of salt for 4 cups of water. Mix well and place the prawns in the container (removing them from their packaging). Wait for 15-20 minutes until all prawns are defrosted, regularly moving the prawns if needed. Once defrosted, drain the liquid, rinse the prawns with cold water and you can start cooking!

Prawns are quick an easy way to add protein to your salads, pasta, stews… They can also be enjoyed as a simple & healthy appetiser or on toast for a quick snack!

prawns on toast

Check out our cooking tips and prawns recipes for more inspiration!

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