How Long Can Shrimp Be Kept Frozen?

I found some forgotten shrimp in the back of the freezer that has been there a while, can I do anything with it? Would boiling it help? I really don't want to throw it out because it was expensive. Any ideas or should I just give up on it? Thanks!


By Melissa

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May 6, 20091 found this helpful

As a rule of thumb, meat can usually be frozen up to a year and vegetables up to 6 months. Most, if not all food items are dated. If older than 1 year, I would pitch it.

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May 7, 20091 found this helpful

In addition to what Amuck suggests, if it's not too old rinse and drain well. Try a bite and if it happens to have a bit of freezer burn taste use it in a recipe or eat it as shrimp cocktail. Once you thaw it be sure to use it within a day !!! Here's a cocktail sauce that will definitely spice it up ;-)

Deeli's Cocktail Sauce

1/3 cup catsup
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. lemon juice


1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
Garlic salt
Tabasco sauce

Combine first five ingredients and then add garlic salt to taste and then add Tabasco sauce to taste.

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March 18, 20171 found this helpful

Thanks for the cocktail sauce recipe! I have that same shrimp dilemma!

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May 21, 20092 found this helpful

According to the US FDA, food will keep indefinitely in the freezer, provided it is kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18C) or lower. The quality may be affected however, but it is not unsafe to use.

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