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Vannamei Shrimp


Other Names: Penaeus vannamei, Crevette, Garnele, Gamba, White leg shrimp, Pacific White Shrimp, Prawn

Identification & Biology:  Vannamei is a variety of prawn of the eastern Pacific Ocean commonly caught or farmed for food.
Capture/Aquaculture: Indopacific region, India, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, East African coast…

Extensively farmed throughout Asia, shrimp farms are starting to appear in Central and South America as well. Some Vannamei shrimp are found in the wild, but the difference between the two is undetectable. Average sizes are 4 to 10 inches. They are marketed frozen, raw with the shell on, peeled, tail on or cooked, tail on or off.

Market Description: Vannamei shrimp meat tends to be softer and has a mild, somewhat bland taste.

Recommended Preparation: Eaten as cooked shrimp or prawn, sometimes in batter as scampi, and also cooked in mixed seafood dishes such as paella and often in more general dishes such as Chinese special fried rice.

 Available in: Year Round


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