Banana prawns (Penaeus merguiensis) are large white to yellow prawns found in tropical and subtropical coastal waters. The adults are commonly caught at 14‑17 cm in length and 20‑30g. The adults are caught at depths of 16‑25 metres by demersal otter trawling over muddy and sandy bottoms in coastal waters and estuaries in autumn.
Banana prawns are very popular in Australian due to their light, sweet taste. They are perfect for Asian dishes and go well with spicy flavours, which makes them ideal for Thai-style coconut curries. Good news for lovers of hot and spicy prawn dishes, Banana prawns are a sought after choice by Australian consumers.
For full information about Banana prawns, flavour affinities and wine matching see Fishfiles.