PRAWNS

Norwegian Prawns

A prized treat here in Norway, you’ll be able to spot our prawns thanks to their appealing light pink colour. But that’s not the only thing that makes them unique… 

Hunting for prawns

  • Availability: Year-round
  • Catch methods: Prawns thrive in deep cold waters, so are wild-caught using trawler nets
  • Fishing locations: Norwegian prawns are found in the Barents Sea, North Sea and Skagerrak (a fjord)
  • Tasting notes: Fresh, sweet and slightly salty

Norwegian prawns are a true product of their environment – the cold, clear waters of our seas and fjords. These unique origins give our prawns their firm texture and characteristic light pink colour. In Norway, prawns are considered a delicacy, with a quality few other species can match. Allow us to tell you more…

 

It’s all about timing

Prawns are hermaphroditic, which means they start life as males, but transform into females later in life. These changes occur at different times depending on where the prawns are living. In the Barents Sea, the change occurs when the prawns are between 4-7 years old. In the North Sea, the prawns change when they are between 2-6 years of age. In the fjords, they change between 1.5 - 2.5 years. This is an important distinction for the management of our fish stocks, because only the female prawns carry the roe.

 

As good for you as they taste

Prawns are particularly rich in protein, which helps to build and maintain every cell in your body. They also contain vitamin D, which we need to maintain healthy bones; vitamin B, which can prevent red blood cell deficiencies such as anaemia; and selenium, a powerful antioxidant.

 

Serving Norwegian prawns

Norwegian prawns have a fresh, sweet and slightly salty taste, which means they can be served in a wide range of hot and cold dishes. The prawns must not be cooked and must be added to the hot dish in the last minute.