Yes, you can (and should!) cook seafood in the microwave — especially juicy, succulent prawns. Steaming retains the prawns’ natural flavour and a bit of bite. They’re ready in under the time it takes you to peel a plate’s worth.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time. 

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


Cook Times

(Large shrimp, 21-25 pcs per lb)

8 oz (225g) 4-5 mins
16 oz (450g) 6-7 mins
24 oz (680g) 8-9 mins


  1. Season shrimp with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Place in one layer in an Anyday Shallow Dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for the time listed in the table, or until shrimp is opaque white with bright pink/red accents.

Cooking Tips

  • For the most even cooking, flip halfway through the cook time.
  • You may need to add time for larger shrimp, and decrease time for smaller shrimp.
  • For frozen shrimp, add 1 teaspoon liquid (e.g. water, chicken stock, soy sauce) per 8oz of shrimp to quickly boost the steam. You may need to add a bit more cook time.
  • We recommend using an Anyday Shallow Dish for cooking proteins. If using an Anyday Deep Dish, you may need to add more cooking time.