Enjoying prawns at Christmas now and always

In Australia, it’s estimated we eat a staggering 40% of all prawns at Christmas time. Fortunately, over half of all wild-caught Australian prawns are already certified as sustainable to the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing.

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Why is it important to purchase sustainable prawns?

Purchasing sustainable prawns means you are helping to ensure plentiful supplies for future generations, and what would a future Christmas without seafood be like!

A third of all fish populations are overfished. With a growing world population, we need to fish sustainably. Your choice encourages more fisheries to voluntarily improve their fishing and become certified as sustainable. 

That’s why we are calling on all Australians to help safeguard prawns for future Christmases by shopping sustainably and looking for the MSC blue fish tick label in store and talking to your seafood retailer.

How do I know if my Christmas prawns are sustainable?

Sustainable seafood, like prawns, have been caught at a level where they’ll be around in the future. Just look for the MSC blue fish tick.

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Discover where sustainable prawns come from

Prawns with the blue fish tick are traceable to an MSC certified sustainable prawn fishery.

In Australia, the following leading Australian fisheries are certified as sustainable to the MSC Fisheries Standard.

We think that’s a cause for celebration.

Dive into the incredible stories of these four pioneering Aussie prawn fisheries

 

 

 

 

Videos courtesy of Australian Wild Prawns.

Do sustainable prawns cost more?

The bigger question is can we afford not to buy sustainable? As with anything if demand increases and supplies dwindle, the price will increase. If we want to continue eating prawns at an affordable price in the future, we must act now. Sustainable prawns are available at a range of prices that are good for your pocket and the ocean too. Shop around and look for the blue fish tick to be sure you’re buying sustainably.

Tips for cooking and peeling prawns

Get the most out of your prawns. By reducing waste and making use of the whole prawn, you'll get better value for money.

Many of us like to 'throw a shrimp on the barbie' at Christmas. Find out how to BBQ prawns in our handy guide to barbecuing prawns and lobster. Plus, tips and hacks on how to make use of the whole prawn including using the prawn shells and prawn heads for stock.

We've also teamed up with MasterChef 2019 winner, Larissa Takchi who demonstrates how to peel a prawn in 20 seconds.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas prawn recipe

Browse our delicious sustainable prawn recipes created by chefs from around the world, including mouth-watering BBQ prawns, cold starters like a classic prawn cocktail and prawn salads, prawn curries, prawn toasts, prawn crackers, prawn spring rolls, prawn sandwiches and more. 

Prawn larb

Wild prawn larb

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Cooking Time 30 mins
Serves 4
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Wild prawn salad by Scott Gooding

Wild tiger prawn salad

Prep time 60 mins
Cooking Time 6 mins
Serves 2
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Stacked wild prawn salad by Scott Gooding

Wild prawn salad with citrus and avocado emulsion

Prep time 30 mins
Cooking Time 6 mins
Serves 8
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Shrimp with fish shaped sandwiches

Prawn salad sandwiches

Prep time 15 mins
Cooking Time 0 mins
Serves 1
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Forever salmon and prawn paella

Forever salmon and prawn paella

Prep time 20 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins
Serves 4
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Chermoula wild banana prawns

Chermoula wild banana prawns with lemon and coconut tahini

Prep time 0 mins
Cooking Time 45 mins
Serves 4
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Prawn bisque

North Australian wild banana prawn bisque

Prep time 0 mins
Cooking Time 60 mins
Serves 10
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Prawn cocktail

Swinging Sixties prawn cocktail

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 0 mins
Serves 4
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Chinese prawn toasts

Chinese prawn toasts

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Serves 4
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Pad thai with wild prawns

Pad Thai with wild prawns

Prep time 15 mins
Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4
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Spring rolls with wild prawns

Spring rolls with wild prawns

Prep time 20 mins
Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4
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Tom Yum Kung with wild prawns and thai basil

Tom Yum Kung with wild prawns and thai basil

Prep time 0 mins
Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4
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Piri piri prawns with mango and padron peppers

Piri piri prawns with mango and padrón peppers

Prep time 5 mins
Cooking Time 35 mins
Serves 4
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Prawns from the barbie

Prawns from the barbie, two ways

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins
Serves 4
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Gambas a la Plancha with wild prawns

Gambas a la plancha with wild prawns

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 5 mins
Serves 4
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Nasi goreng with prawns

Nasi Goreng with wild prawns

Prep time 65 mins
Cooking Time 35 mins
Serves 4
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Spicy prawn stir fry

Spicy prawn stir fry

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Serves 2
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Also featuring recipes taken from Bart’s Fish Tales by Bart van Olphen, published by Pavilion Books.

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Is seafood with the blue fish tick really sustainable?

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