What Is the Nutritional Value of Prawns?


A rich source of protein, prawns are also high in vitamins B-12, B-6 and niacin, as well as an excellent source of iron and other minerals. On the downside, they also contain sizable amounts of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Prawns are related to shrimp, and are similar to them in nutritional value as well.

A 3.5-ounce portion of prawns contains 105 calories. Prawns contain lots of protein. In fact, a portion of prawns has approximately the same amount of protein as a portion of beef or chicken, according to livestrong.com. Other nutritional information for a 3.5-ounce portion of prawns is listed below.

  • 20.14 grams of protein
  • .9 of a gram of carbohydrates
  • 0 grams of sugar
  • 1.72 grams of fat
  • 151 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • 470 milligrams of sodium

Of this fat, .325 of a gram is saturated fat, .251 of a gram is monounsaturated fat and .663 of a gram is polyunsaturated fat. Prawns also contain a sizable amount of potassium: 183 milligrams.