Tlisted below are few silver linings to the heavy rainfall and flooding that has pummelled northern and jap Australia this 12 months. However nature’s bounty could also be one in all them: the worth of prawns has plunged by half since Christmas.

This 12 months’s brief eight-week prawn season has been “the perfect season for the reason that 70s”, in keeping with Ben Hale, supervisor of the Love Australia Prawns marketing campaign.

Giant king prawns are actually extensively out there for lower than $25 a kilogram.

A mix of things has led to the thriving crustacean inhabitants and the ensuing oversupply of prawns available in the market.

“We’ve had improbable rains in components of Australia which have created technology situations for an actual bountiful harvest of banana prawns,” Hale says.

On high of that may be a better provide of king prawns coming in from a rising wild-catch sector, and the deliberate growth of prawn farms in Queensland.

“It simply means you may take pleasure in good-quality seafood,” Hale stated. “It’s vastly reasonably priced on a price per serve foundation.”

He factors to how versatile prawns might be within the kitchen – banana prawns are candy and delicate, whereas king prawns have a wealthy flavour.

So listed below are 10 recipes to profit from them.

Small bites

Ravinder Bhogal’s prawn and yuzu mayo blinis.
Ravinder Bhogal’s prawn and yuzu mayo blinis. {Photograph}: Louise Hagger/The Guardian

Prawn and yuzu mayo blinis (pictured above) – Ravinder Bhogal tops his mini pancakes with prawns, salmon roe, chilli and a zippy yuzu to chop by means of the wealthy, candy flavours.

Gambas al ajillo – These garlicky prawns, scorching and swimming in oils, are among the many most satisfying of Spanish tapas. They’re additionally among the many easiest to make, in keeping with Felicity Cloake.

Spicy coconut prawns – For a zesty chew, Jo Pratt marinates prawns in a spicy sauce of turmeric, chilli powder, cumin, ginger, garlic and coconut earlier than pan frying and serving with a squeeze of lime juice.

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College prawns with sriracha mayonnaise – Chin Chin’s college prawns make for a moreish snack to be fried, dunked in sauces and devoured by the handful.

Prawn taquitos – Relaxed and casual, taquitos are rolled tortillas crammed with meats, cheeses or seafood and deep-fried or baked. Yotam Ottolenghi loves a prawn filling with corn, chilli oil, tomato, herbs and lime.

The principle points of interest

Lara Lee’s seared prawns with hot and sour salad.
Lara Lee’s seared prawns with scorching and bitter salad. {Photograph}: Issy Croker/The Guardian

Seared prawns with hot-and-sour salad (pictured above) – Impressed by scorching and bitter Vietnamese dipping sauces, Lara Lee marinades prawns in garlic, ginger and fish sauce to go together with a stir-fry of greens and noodles.

Tagliolini with prawns and roasted cherry tomatoes – Both selfmade or store-bought pasta will do in Silvia Colloca’s tagliolini recipe. The noodles function a conduit for the bursting flavours of the tomato, herbs and plump prawns.

Prawn, pea and potato tagine – Contemporary potatoes, prawns and peas are made summery and elegant with Center Japanese spices in Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s tagine.

Prawn curry with tamarind – Tangy tamarind, smoky roasted chillies and a candy coconut-milk sauce convey collectively a prawn curry over rice in celebration of flavours from Sri Lanka’s north. Cynthia Shanmugalingam recommends leaving the prawns entire – shells, heads and all.

Prawn and blood orange ceviche – After leaving the prawns in a single day in an orange and lime juice marinade, Nigel Slater tops his ceviche the subsequent day with samphire, cucumber, uncooked carrot, or shredded mangetout – something that may give the dish a contemporary, crisp chew.