How Long to Boil Shrimp
It takes very little time to boil shrimp. For a pound of small to medium shrimp, it will only take about 30 seconds to a minute to boil them. Large shrimp take 2 minutes, and jumbo shrimp take 3 minutes. Boiling is a great cooking method to prep shrimp for a variety of recipes, from shrimp cocktail to shrimp salad. You'll know the shrimp is done when it turns pink and curls up and the flesh looks opaque. Watch for white marks near the tail, which indicate overcooking.