18 March 2023

At Genics, we’re proud to be part of the global prawn (shrimp) farming community.

That’s why we’re excited to support National Prawn Day Australia, celebrating our hardworking aquaculture friends.

Prawns are a crucial source of protein for a growing world population, and we’re committed to helping farmers produce healthy, high-performance stocks to make this nutritious food widely available.

National Prawn Day is an industry-led initiative, showcasing the many delicious, easy and healthy ways we can include protein rich prawns in our regular diets.

So, what do Prawn Experts eat on National Prawn Day? It’s no secret we love a prawn! 

We’re often asked, ‘what’s your favourite way to eat Prawns?’, so this National Prawn Day, we thought we’d share some in-house favorites from our team’s kitchens. Here’s three super easy recipes.

Lime Prawn Ceviche

Peel, devein your servings of king prawns. Make sure prawns are cut into smaller pieces – around 1.5cm.

Add 1/2 cup lime juice and leave for 15 minutes to “cook” in the acidic lime juice (any less and it won’t cook, too much and it will go tough). You’ll see they are done “cooking” when they are an opaque white pink colour.

Separately, mix your favourite fruits, herbs and vegetables with another 1/2 cup lime juice. We like mango, avocado, cucumbers, mini tomatoes, coriander, finely chopped red onion and jalapeños.

Mix all ingredients well. Serve with tortilla chips and an icy drink.

Garlic Prawns with Aussie Bush Lemon

Peel, devein and butterfly a serve of king prawns into a bowl. Marinade in oil and finely chopped garlic, for at least one hour in the fridge.

Cook on open grill or BBQ until prawns are golden brown.

Serve with quartered Aussie bush lemon pieces and crisp white wine.

Sweet Chilli BBQ Prawns

Put peeled, deveined, and butterflied king prawns onto an open grill or BBQ, with some oil.

Cover liberally in your preferred sweet chilli sauce and let them sizzle, until they go golden brown.

Great with a local lager.

sweet chilli sauce BBQ prawns on grill

Prawns pack a mighty protein punch

  • 100 grams contain about approx 25 grams of protein, approximately the same as a similar amount of chicken or beef.
  • They are extremely low in calories and carbs. 100 grams of prawns contains only about 115 calories compared to other protein sources like chicken or beef that can contain up to twice or three times as many calories.
  • Good fats! Prawns contain almost three times more omega 3 fatty acid than the cholesterol building omega 6 fatty acids.
  • Prawns contain all nine amino acids, making them perfectly proportioned for human bodies.
  • Prawns are also great source of vitamins B-6, B-12 and niacin, helping produce energy, build muscle and replenish red blood cells.
  • They contain significant amounts of iron, essential to effectively distribute oxygen.
  • They’re great for building strong bones, holding lots of phosphorous, copper and magnesium.
  • Prawns also are a rich source of selenium, one of the most effective antioxidants at maintaining healthy cells.
  • Prawns are your best friend in beauty and health, with high zinc levels important for skin, hair and mail strength plus immune system boosting.

Source: SeaFarms. Last accessed 16 March 2023.