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How long can raw shrimp marinate in a lemon based marinade before its cooked?

asked by VLF about 4 years ago
4 answers 15033 views
added about 4 years ago

depending on the size of the shrimp, about 20 minutes.

added about 4 years ago

Make sure you have plenty of oil to keep the citrus from cooking your shrimp. I never let fish sit in lemon unless I want to eat it "raw" (cerviche). Maybe use zest only in marinade. Consider squirting juice straight from the lemon over cooked shrimp just before serving or just before you cook the shrimp.

added about 4 years ago

When it changes color, it is "cooked".

added about 4 years ago

VLF, these are good answers. I had a disaster a few years ago while following a recipe that called for lemon in a marinade for shrimp. I forgetfully left it for half an hour and the texture was mushy. I haven't marinaded anything except skirt steak since then, and I'm not sure why I bother with that. I think marinades were invented to make up for inferior ingredients, and are passé.