How to Reheat Prawns

Written By Ross Young


There’s an unfounded preconception that you cannot reheat shellfish. But this is not true. There are actually a number of ways you can safely and effectively reheat prawns if you’ve cooked a few too many of them.

I’ll start with what I’ve found to be the best method. It gives you perfectly warmed-up prawns without them going rubbery. The other methods are a little more convenient but might not give you the best results.

How to Reheat Prawns on the Hob

Reheating prawns on the stovetop is an excellent way to enjoy king prawns in particular, but the method is suitable for any variety. Below are the steps you should follow to reheat prawns on the stovetop safely:

  1. Heat Pan
    Add a small knob of butter to your pan and heat over low to medium heat until it melts. Season with salt and pepper, and perhaps add chilli or garlic, depending on the taste you desire for your prawns.
  2. Add Prawns
    Once the butter has melted and started to sizzle in the pan, add your prawns. Instead of tossing them in, lay the prawns carefully (particularly if they’re king prawns), so they’re not on top of one another.
  3. Heat for 5-10 Minutes
    Heat your prawns in the pan for up to ten minutes. Aim for 4-5 minutes on either side to make them nice and crispy.
  4. Check Temperature
    When you think your prawns are ready, check their internal temperature with a thermometer. Prawns need to be 75°C before they’re safe to eat.
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Once your prawns are up to temperature, serve them up and enjoy whilst they’re warm and tasty!

How to Reheat Prawns in the Oven

The second option is to reheat your prawns in the oven. Although this takes a little longer, it’s still a good option for gre

  1. Preheat Oven
    Turn on your oven and preheat it to 190°C.
  2. Prepare Baking Sheet
    Add a sheet of greaseproof paper to a baking tray and grease with olive oil or butter.
  3. Add Prawns
    Spread the prawns on the baking tray, ensuring they do not overlap.
  4. Drizzle with Oil
    Drizzle olive oil on top of the prawns and season with salt and pepper (and maybe even chilli and garlic if you’re feeling adventurous).
  5. Bake
    Place the tray of prawns in the oven, and allow to bake for around 15-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  6. Check Temperature
    When you think your prawns are done, remove the tray from the oven and check their temperature. Your prawns will need to be 75°C before they’re safe to eat.
  7. Serve and Enjoy
    Providing your prawns are at the right temperature, they’re ready to serve up and enjoy in any way you choose.

How to Reheat Prawns in the Microwave

If you’re short of time, it’s possible to reheat prawns in the microwave safely. You have to be particularly careful to ensure the prawns don’t go rubbery in the microwave, which can be prevented by following the steps below:

  1. Add Prawns to a Microwave-Safe Plate
    Lay your prawns on a microwave-safe plate, spreading them out, so they’re not on top of one another.
  2. Drizzle with Oil
    Add a drizzle of olive oil to the surface of the prawns or a splash of water if you prefer. This will help manage the moisture content throughout the reheating process.
  3. Cover and Reheat
    Cover the prawns with a paper towel and reheat in thirty-second intervals on medium heat, flipping them each time you pause the microwave. 
  4. Check the Temperature
    When you think the prawns are ready, check their internal temperature. Your prawns should be 75°C before being safe to enjoy.
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Once up to temperature, your prawns are safe to enjoy in whichever way you choose!
What is the Best Way to Reheat Prawns?

The hob is the best method to reheat prawns, allowing for quick and even reheating while preserving their texture; just ensure they reach at least 75°C internally. Using the oven or microwave can make prawns rubbery or dry.

How to Reheat Prawn Dishes

Although prawns are delicious on their own, many of us will enjoy them as part of a main meal. The question is, of course, can you reheat these dishes too and how?

Can You Reheat Prawn Curry?

Yes, you can reheat prawn curry by placing it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring regularly until thoroughly heated. Be cautious not to overcook the prawns to prevent them from becoming rubbery. You can read a full guide to reheating prawn curry here.

Can You Reheat Prawn Toast?

Prawn toast can be reheated in an oven preheated to 180°C for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes crispy and heated throughout; using a microwave is not recommended as it can make the toast soggy.

Can You Reheat Prawn Stir Fry?

You can reheat prawn stir fry in a skillet or pan over medium heat, adding a small amount of oil and stirring frequently to ensure even heating. Be careful not to overcook the prawns and vegetables to maintain their texture and flavour.

Can You Reheat Prawn Dumplings?

Prawn dumplings can be reheated using a steamer for about 5-10 minutes, ensuring they are heated all the way through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave, covered with a damp paper towel, in 30-second intervals until hot.

Tips for Reheating Prawns

  • Reheat Only Once: You should only ever reheat prawns once. If you’re unsure whether they’ve already been reheated, you shouldn’t risk doing it a second time. You can always enjoy prawns cold instead.
  • Store Correctly: Cooked prawns should be stored in the fridge as soon as they’ve cooled, ideally within one hour of being cooked. You shouldn’t leave prawns out at room temperature for any longer than this, as harmful bacteria can grow on their surface.
  • Freeze them: Although cooked prawns can be stored in the fridge for up to three days, you could freeze them to preserve them for a few months. This is an excellent option if you have lots of prawns left over or if you’re saving them for a special occasion.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Whether you’re reheating prawns in a pan, oven, or microwave, make sure they are spread out and not overcrowded. This helps to ensure even heating and prevents the prawns from becoming soggy.
  • Add Moisture: If reheating prawns in the microwave, add a splash of water or cover them with a damp paper towel to add moisture. This helps to prevent the prawns from drying out during the reheating process.
  • Skip the Microwave for Breaded or Fried Prawns: If your prawns are breaded or fried, avoid using the microwave as it can make the coating soggy. Instead, reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop to maintain their crispiness.

How to Reheat Prawns

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Here are 3 methods for reheating prawns.


  • Leftover Cooked Prawns

  • Oil

  • Water

  • Butter


  • How to Reheat Prawns on the Hob
  • In a pan over low to medium heat, melt a small knob of butter, seasoning it with salt, pepper, and optional garlic or chilli.
  • Place the prawns in the pan in a single layer, ensuring they are not stacked.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are crispy and heated through.
  • Check that the internal temperature of the prawns has reached 75°C.
  • Serve the prawns immediately while they are warm and enjoy.
  • How to Reheat Prawns in the Oven
  • Preheat your oven to 190°C.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and lightly grease it with olive oil or butter.
  • Spread the prawns out on the tray, making sure they are not overlapping.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and optional chilli or garlic.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, flipping the prawns halfway through.
  • Check that the prawns have reached an internal temperature of 75°C before serving.
  • Serve the prawns immediately once they are thoroughly heated.
  • How to Reheat Prawns in the Microwave
  • Place the prawns in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Drizzle with a little olive oil or add a splash of water, then cover the prawns with a paper towel.
  • Microwave the prawns in 30-second intervals at medium heat, flipping them at each interval.
  • Check that the internal temperature of the prawns has reached 75°C.
  • Serve the prawns immediately once they are adequately heated.

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