Sous Vide Poached Shrimp Recipe

Cooking shrimp sous vide ensures you'll never eat an overcooked, rubbery shrimp again.

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Serious Eats / J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why It Works

  • Cooking shrimp sous vide ensures consistently plump, juicy, flavorful results.
  • Tossing the shrimp with baking soda firms up their texture.

Shrimp cooked by traditional methods can be fantastic, but nailing the perfect temperature can be a bit hit or miss. With a sous vide cooker, you don't have this issue because that short window of time between perfect and overcooked stretches out to a good half hour or so. Sous vide also allows you to achieve textures that you can't really achieve through more traditional methods and affords you the opportunity to infuse the shrimp with flavor while they cook. This recipe delivers basic poached-style shrimp, like the kind you'd serve chilled in a shrimp cocktail.

Sous Vide Shrimp Cooking Temperature

125°F (52°C)  Translucent, semi-raw with a soft, buttery texture. 
130°F (54°C)  Nearly opaque, very tender with a hint of firmness. 
135°F (57°F)  Barely opaque, moist, juicy, and tender. 
140°F (60°C)  Traditional poached texture with good bounce and a crisp, juicy bite. 

Recipe Facts

4.3

(6)

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Active: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds large peeled shrimp (about 700g)(see note)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • Extra virgin olive oil or butter (optional)

  • Aromatics such as garlic, shallots, tarragon, or parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Set your sous vide water bath to desired temperature according to the chart above.

  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and the baking soda. Place shrimp in a heavy duty zipper-lock bag or a vacuum bag. If desired, add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30ml) olive oil or butter and aromatics. Remove all air from bag using the water displacement method or a vacuum sealer. Press shrimp into a single layer.

  3. Add bagged shrimp to preheated water bath and cook for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour (the texture should show very little variation within this time frame). Remove shrimp from bag to a paper towel-lined plates. Serve hot, or chill and serve cold.

Special Equipment

Sous vide precision cooker

Notes

You can also cook shell-on shrimp. They will be more flavorful, but you'll either have to shell before serving, or have diners shell them on their own (or just eat the shells, they're delicious). For shell-on shrimp, add 5 minutes to the minimum cooking time.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
3g Fat
3g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 369mg 123%
Sodium 1972mg 86%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 298mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)