Prawn lovers rejoice – succulent Hunter River prawns are back on the menu with the beginning of the prawn fishing season in Port Stephens and surrounding areas this month.
From November 1, local fishermen will be trawling for the wild and famously pink and sweet Hunter River prawn, with the delicacy available fresh from the boats at the Newcastle Fisherman’s Cooperative, Nelson Bay Fish Market and Nelson Bay Fishermen’s Wharf Seafoods or from outlets across the wider Hunter region.
Renowned across NSW, Hunter River prawns can also be enjoyed at restaurants across Port Stephens, with the region launching its first ‘Love Seafood, Love Port Stephens’ campaign earlier this year to highlight the region’s abundant and fresh seafood from local waters.
The Newcastle Fisherman’s Cooperative offered some advice on buying the best and freshest prawns: “Ensure the head is firmly attached – not squashed – and look for bright, glossy shells without signs of fading. To bring out the best in prawns, serve them chilled with a little sea salt and pepper with a little side of homemade marie rose sauce or, for the more adventurous, toss the prawns through some fresh pasta with a dash of cream and garlic or simply pile them onto some crusty bruschetta alongside some ripe Anna Bay tomatoes.”
For more information contact the Newcastle Fisherman’s Cooperative on 4965 4221.
For information on Port Stephens, packages, attractions and events, visit Destination Port Stephens’ website – www.portstepens.org.au