Freshwater shrimp is farm raised. It's large and can reach a weight of 4-6 ounces each.
Freshwater shrimp is similar to the shrimp you are used to buying in many ways, but also have unique attributes. It's a no-fat product, meaning they contain less than .05% fat. What little fat there is, is largely highly unsaturated (heart healthy) fat. It contains less cholesterol than saltwater shrimp. The texture of freshwater shrimp is, in some ways, more similar to lobster.
Grilling the shrimp is our best recommendation for cooking. When grilling, leave the shells on and marinate. Since it contains so little fat, this will keep it from getting dry.
If you're curious about the best practices to enjoy seafood safely and what items have higher levels of mercury, head on over to our food safety page. We have guidelines and recommendations for species to eat and ways to avoid consuming too much mercury by eating seafood.