Banana Prawn

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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.

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 Western Australia it is closed from December through February. Various trawl fishery closures occu

Cooking Ideas

Bake   Deep Fry
Grill/ Poach Raw
Shallow Fry Smoke Steam/microwave


Important Features


Wild and Farmed



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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 redleg banana prawn, and cream or yellow in the white banana prawn.

Imports Borneo, Indonesia and Myanmar

Common Size 14 to 17 cm body length

Overseas Names

General: Indian white prawn


bug, Endeavour prawn, king prawn, tiger prawn, freshwater crayfish, school prawn

Coral trout weighing 0.6 1.0 kg are sometimes called plate size.

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

Data presented are for white banana prawn.