Tiger Prawns

The name 'Tiger Prawn' actually covers a number of different species, each of which has the distinctive tiger stripes on its back. In particular, the species Black, Brown, Kuruma, and Grooved tiger prawns are generally referred to simply as 'Tigers'. Black and Kuruma tigers are well suited to farming and consequently have better availability than other species. Farms exist in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. 

Prawns are highly perishable in their raw state. Wild caught prawns are boiled at sea and frozen or frozen raw as soon as they are caught. Farmed prawns are generally frozen raw. If cooking with prawns, buy green (raw) prawns, as cooked prawns will toughen if reheated.

To cook prawns, try stir-fry or with pasta. Or, for an Aussie tradition, chuck one on the barbie!   

Grab some shelled cutlets for a quick and easy cook-up!

Known As

  • Leader Prawn 
  • Panda Prawn 
  • Tropical Prawn 
  • Black Tiger
  • Brown Tiger
  • Kuruma Tiger


Found along the northern coast of Australia from central NSW to Shark Bay, WA. Tiger Prawns are both marine and estuarine, at up to 150m. Juveniles are found in estuaries among seagrass and mangroves. Species are farmed between Cooktown and Brisbane.


  • Firm

  • Moist

  • Robust flavour

Good For

  • Grilling/BBQ

  • Frying

  • Crumbing and Battering

  • Stir-Fry/Pasta

  • Boiling