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Difference Between Prawn and Shrimp

Difference Between Prawn and Shrimp

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What Is The Difference?

When it comes to seafood cuisine, people might really familiar with shrimp dish. It can be grill to perfection, deep fried until golden and just cook it on a pan. Shrimp are the irresistible all-star dish on a plate. Whether it from fine dining restaurant or just normal restaurant. Throw the ‘prawn’ terms might be confusing to all. What are actually the differences between these two? Or it just the same thing?


When we relate this to biology, these two are decapods. It means that they are crustaceans with 10 legs. Shrimp, more likely petite crustaceans and live in saltwater. There are actually a few small parts where we can differentiate shrimp and prawn. Shrimp have claws on two of their legs. Other than that, their second shell segment overlapped the first shell segment with that tiny different detail to look for. These shells give a fine bend to their shape.


For the prawns, they live in fresh and also brackish (a little bit salty) water and frequently near the bottom. It has 3 claws on their legs which is where you can spot the difference when you buy these crustaceans. Another tiny difference between these two is, the prawn shells overlap down to their abdomen. It means that the shells give less distinct bend to their body.

Different Of The Taste

Another way to tell the difference between these two is the size. Prawns are actually slightly bigger than shrimp. And the other way to tell the difference is the shell segment as mentioned just now. So, the easiest way to tell the difference is the size but it only tells you a little detail if you can’t tell which one is bigger.

Aside from that, you still don’t need to go to the fridge and check whether you bought shrimp prawn. According to culinary wise, the flavour of these two crustaceans don’t really have lots of difference. Apart from prawns, they are slightly sweeter and pricey than shrimp. Fun facts for you, wild caught shrimp are better than farmed. Because it is limited and absolutely safe to eat.


Courtney Watts

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