How to Cook Shrimp in a Skillet

by Christina Berry

Cooking shrimp in the skillet only takes minutes.

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Shrimp cooked in a hot skillet can be prepared in a matter of minutes with a few ingredients and seasonings. Once the shrimp are shelled, cleaned and deveined, they are ready to be sauteed in the skillet. For added color, flavor and nutritional value, add fresh, sliced onions, bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli and other favorite vegetables.

Preheat skillet over medium-high heat and add desired amount of olive oil or butter.

Add shrimp to the skillet in a single layer.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. You may also add a couple cloves of chopped garlic to the skillet for added flavor.

Stir the shrimp frequently and cook for about 2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side. Shrimp is fully cooked when the outside is pale pink and the inside is opaque.

Remove shrimp from the heat and serve.


  • Shrimp that is removed from the refrigerator and cooked immediately following may need extra cooking time than shrimp at room temperature.

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About the Author

Based in Chicago, Christina Berry has been writing since 2000. Her work has been published in "The Lighter," Valparaiso University's art and literary magazine. Berry holds a bachelor's degree in English/creative writing from Valparaiso University.