Prawn – Banana

Banana Prawn

Banana prawns are a rising favourite for Australians due to their light, sweet flavour. They present well as they retain their shape when cooked. Banana prawns are more commonly used in hot dishes rather than in cold salads or platters.

The traditional cooking methods for other species of prawn (such as shallow frying and barbecuing) can be used for banana prawns. They are also ideal for use in seafood dishes such as prawn cakes or terrines.

A favourite in Asian dishes, banana prawns are well suited to spicy flavours. Chilli jam is an excellent accompaniment. Thai-style coconut curries and avocado cocktails are also a delight.

Flavour: Mild, Delicate and sweet flavour

Oiliness: Low

Moisture: Moist

Texture: Firm, Fine flakes

Flesh Colour: White

Thickness: Thick fillets

Bones: A few bones (mainly pin bones), which are generally large and easily removed

Price: Banana prawns are medium-priced prawns. Redleg banana prawns cost more than white banana prawns because of their brighter colour and larger size.

Edibility: Flesh and roe

Suggested Wines

With grilled (especially char-grilled) banana prawns try wooded, dry white styles of wine, such as cool climate Rieslings or a Semillon from South Australia or Queensland, that will complement the stronger flavours.

NUTRITION FACTS

per 100g of raw product

Kilojoules

na

Cholesterol

120mg

Sodium

na

Total fat (oil)

0.9g

Saturated fat

36% of total fat

Monounsaturated fat

24% of total fat

Polyunsaturated fat

40% of total fat

Omega-3, EPA

49 mg

Omega-3, DHA

51 mg

Omega-6, AA

43 mg

COOKING IDEAS

Bake

Poach

Deep Fry

Grill

microwave

Raw

Shallow Fry

Smoke

Steam

IMPORTANT FEATURES

When Caught

Caught year round, with peak supply in April. The banana prawn fishery is closed from December through March and again in July in the Northern Territory. In Various trawl fishery closures occur.

Habitat Saltwater

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Remarks

Banana prawns are an economical alternative to the king prawn species.

Banana prawns are mostly caught during the day, and in some areas good annual catches are linked with heavy rainfall earlier in summer.

The two species can be distinguished by their leg colour red in the red leg banana prawn, and cream or yellow in the white banana prawn.

Common Size 14 to 17 cm body length