Cooked Tiger prawns
Tiger Prawns

Tiger Prawns

The Brown Tiger Prawn (P. Esculentus) appears to be endemic to Australian waters. They’re caught from all around Australia including the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait, North East Coast, Exmouth and Shark Bay.

 

Tiger prawns are large and flavoursome (common size is 11‑20 cm in length and 35‑50 grams). Their majestic striping makes for impressive presentation and is a reflection of their seagrass habitat.

 

The Black Tiger Prawn (P. Monodon & sometimes called a Leader prawn) grow larger but are not caught in large volumes commercially hence they are more commonly farm raised.

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Additional Information

Cooking Suggestions

Tigers are well suited to garlic prawn dishes, and their flavour will be enhanced by marinating. Tigers have firm flesh which holds together well & great on the barbecue. Tiger Prawns have a medium flavour which puts them between Kings and Bananas on the flavour spectrum

Health and Nutrition

Eating prawns helps build strong bones because they contain phosphorous, copper and magnesium.

Handy Hint

Serving size 300-400g whole prawns/person

Fast Fact

Female Tigers grow larger than males.

Recipe Card

Grilled Split Garlic Prawns

Accompaniment

Zesty and youthful Sauvignon Blanc

Alternative

Other prawn species, scampi, bugs