Can I eat these frozen shrimp?
June 17, 2011 8:44 AM   Subscribe

Can I eat this? Pre-cooked frozen jumbo shrimp left in my bag at room temperature for 3-4 hours, then thrown back in the freezer last night. When I put them back in the freezer, they were still very cold to the touch. (I just started eating shrimp after a decade of not, so there is much I don't know about shrimp safety, but surely pre-cooked is better than uncooked?)
posted by c'mon sea legs to Food & Drink (8 answers total)
I'm sure they will be fine, but freezing, thawing, and refreezing any protein destroys it. The flavor and texture will have been compromised.
posted by TheBones at 8:50 AM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yeah, in the future it'd probably be better to have put them in the fridge and eaten them the next day.
posted by Grither at 9:08 AM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

They'll be fine.
posted by h00py at 9:09 AM on June 17, 2011

Next time, drain the defrost liquid away from the shrimp and put shrimp in the fridge. Sitting in that liquid for any length of time will make your shrimp taste nasty.
posted by jbenben at 9:14 AM on June 17, 2011

It won't kill you but it's probably going to taste like shit.
posted by empath at 9:18 AM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

Eat them, possibly in a strong sauce. Something with lemon and garlic and olive oil perhaps?
posted by Frowner at 9:20 AM on June 17, 2011

To quote Crocodile Dundee, "You can live on it, but it tastes like shit".
Agree with others that best bet with shrimp, once thawed, is to eat quickly. They will keep in fridge for a day or two, but not much beyond that.
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:30 AM on June 17, 2011

Everyone gets "best answer!" I usually cook them with a crap ton of garlic and peppers, so we'll see how it goes. Thank you!
posted by c'mon sea legs at 9:48 AM on June 17, 2011

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