Saddletail Seaperch

Saddletail Seaperch

When Caught

Mainly from March through November. Endeavour prawn fishery closures occur in Western Australia from December through March and in the Northern Territory from December through March and again in July. Various trawl fishery closures occur in Queensland

Important Features

Wild/Farmed Wild

Habitat Saltwater

Recovery Rate Meat (deveined): 44% of total weight, Meat (not deveined): 46% of total weight

Headless shell on: 64% of total weight

Blacktip Rockcod Research

FRDC provides a comprehensive search of the latest research papers and images on Endeavour Prawn


The blue Endeavour prawn is similarly coloured to some of the king prawns. However, Endeavour prawns lack a spine on the lower edge of the rostrum, which is present in king prawns.

Imports Rarely imported

Common Size 8 to 14 cm body length

Overseas Names

USA: brown prawn, Endeavour prawn, Endeavour shrimp

Alternatives banana prawn, bug, king prawn, tiger prawn, freshwater crayfish, school prawn

Grading Grading can vary by supplier and region. An example of a grading system for all prawns is presented below.

Terminology such as U-10 or U/10 is pronounced under ten and refers to the number of prawns per pound (in this case, fewer than ten prawns per pound). 10 20 is pronounced ten twenty and means that there are from 10 to 20 prawns per pound. Some Australian companies are now packing prawns per kilogram rather than per pound.

Nutrition Facts

per 100g of raw product

Kilojoules na
Cholesterol 160mg
Sodium na
Total fat (oil) 1.0g
Saturated fat 36% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 18% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 45% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 38mg
Omega-3, DHA 38mg
Omega-6, AA 75mg

Data presented are for blue threadfin.

Cooking Ideas

Deep Fry
Grill/barbecue Poach
Shallow Fry Steam/microwave

Endeavour prawns are very versatile. Their mild-to-strong tasty sweetness is distinct, and adaptable to a range of creative taste combinations stronger flavoured ingredients can be used than with other prawn species.

Their modest size makes them particularly good for use in brochette form, especially as a smaller, bite-size portion for finger food with a citrus, chilli or soy dipping sauce. Endeavour prawns will also present well if shelled, and served inside a seeded avocado with a light vinaigrette, or in a tempura batter with chilli jam atop a bed of cubed mango.

Endeavour prawns are popular in salads and seafood platters.

Flavour Medium to Strong

Oiliness Low to Medium

Moisture Moist

Texture Firm

Flesh Colour Translucent when raw, and white with pinkish bands when cooked

Price Endeavour prawns are medium-priced prawns.

Edibility Flesh and roe

Suggested Wines

Because of their sweet, tasty character, Endeavour prawns may be accompanied by a medium- to full-bodied white varietal such as verdelho or chenin blanc.

For the tempura cooking suggestion, a fruitier white style such as a traminer blend will complement the spicy flavours of the dish.

A sparkling red wine will complement the strong, spicy flavours of the Endeavour prawn and sweet potato flat cakes recipe suggested by Jock Mitchell from the Pente CafÈ Restaurant in Darwin.