How to Smoke Shrimp in an Electric Smoker

If you’re looking to add a little seafood flavor to your electric smoker, then why not try smoking some shrimp? This guide will show you how to smoke shrimp in an electric smoker and produce incredibly juicy and flavorful results. So, let’s dive in and follow my super easy step-by-step guide.

Preparing the shrimp

Raw shrimp on paper with spices and parsley.

The first step is to prep your shrimp. You’ll want to start with fresh or frozen shrimp that has been thawed. If your shrimp is still frozen, it’s best to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, give your shrimp a quick rinse under cold water.

Next, you’ll need to remove the shells and tails from the shrimp. This can be done by gently pulling on the shell until it slides off. If you find this process to be a bit tedious, you can also purchase deveined and/or peeled shrimp from your seafood counter.

Seasoning the shrimp

Once your shrimp are prepped, it’s time to season them. There are endless possibilities when it comes to seasoning your shrimp, so feel free to get creative. For simple seasoning, I recommend using salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

It’s important to season shrimp before smoking, whether you are using fresh or frozen shrimp as this will help to add flavor and ensure that they cook evenly.

One simple way to season shrimp is to coat them in a little bit of olive oil and then sprinkle on your favorite spices. Some good options include garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, and Cajun seasoning. You can also get creative and experiment with different spice combinations.

Once the shrimp are coated in seasoning, place them on the racks of your electric smoker. Make sure that they are not touching each other so that they cook evenly.

Now for the fun part; it’s time to start smoking them.

Smoking the shrimp

Smoking shrimp is a great way to add flavor to your seafood dish. As with many other kinds of smoked food, you can use an electric smoker to smoke the shrimp, which will give it a nice smoky flavor. Here’s how to do it:

1. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place the shrimp on the racks of the smoker, making sure that they are not touching each other.

3. Smoke the shrimp for about 30 minutes, or until they are cooked through.

4. Remove the shrimp from the smoker and enjoy!

Storing the smoked shrimp

Once you have smoked your shrimp, you will need to store them properly to keep them fresh. Shrimp can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two months.

To store in the refrigerator, place the smoked shrimp in an airtight container and cover it with cold water. Change the water daily to keep the shrimp fresh.

To store in the freezer, place the smoked shrimp in an airtight container and cover it with cold water. Freeze for up to two months. When ready to eat, thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator and cook as desired.

How long does smoked shrimp last?

Smoked shrimp will last for up to two days in the fridge or four days in the freezer. If you are looking to keep your smoked shrimp for a longer period of time, you can vacuum seal them and store them in the freezer for up to six months.

What wood is best for smoking shrimp?

There are many types of wood that can be used for smoking shrimp, but the best type of wood depends on the flavor you want to achieve. For a light, delicate flavor, use light-colored wood such as apple or cherry. For a more robust flavor, use a darker-colored wood such as hickory or mesquite.

Can you smoke already cooked shrimp

If you’re looking for a quick and easy seafood dish, smoking already cooked shrimp is a great option. This method of cooking shrimp only takes a few minutes, and the results are delicious.

To smoke already cooked shrimp, start by preheating your electric smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place the cooked shrimp on the racks of the smoker and let them cook for about 10 minutes. Once the shrimp are smoked, remove them from the smoker and enjoy!

Can you smoke frozen shrimp?

If you’re looking to add some smoky flavor to your shrimp, smoking them is a great way to do it. And if you’re worried about whether or not you can smoke frozen shrimp, don’t be! It’s actually pretty easy to do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen shrimp
  • An electric smoker (of course!)
  • Wood chips or pellets (for flavor)
  • Soaked wood chips (optional)

To start, preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. While it’s heating up, place your frozen shrimp on the racks. If you’re using wood chips or pellets, add them to the smoker now.

Once the smoker is up to temperature, let the shrimp cook for about 30 minutes. If you’re using soaked wood chips, you may need to add them every 20 minutes or so to keep the smoke going.

After 30 minutes, your shrimp should be cooked through and infused with that delicious smoky flavor. Enjoy!


With the right preparation, smoking shrimp in an electric smoker can be a delicious and easy way to enjoy this seafood favorite. We hope our tips have helped you learn how to smoke shrimp in an electric smoker so that you can enjoy this tasty treat at home. If you need help finding the perfect electric smoker for your needs, check out our selection of top-rated models and find the perfect one for your kitchen.

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