To defrost shrimp, you could just leave it out on the counter and check periodically to see if they are ready, but they will lose some of that wonderful chewy texture that defines them. A fishmonger shared this secret with me ages ago and so I pass it along to you....the recipe to quickly defrost shrimp.
Place a large bowl (think your largest mixing bowl) in the sink under cold running water. You should only fill the bowl 1/3 of the way up with shrimp ratio otherwise the shrimp will stay frozen in an even bigger block of ice! I know because I once tried to defrost a huge amount of shrimp in one batch. You need to do this in the sink, because the secret is the constant flow of water into the bowl, leading naturally to overflow.
Depending on the size of the shrimp - the larger they are, the longer it takes - you can start to peel them under the running water after about 5 minutes (really large ones might take 15).
This method really does keep the texture just like fresh from the sea shrimps.
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