The flavor of a domestic Gulf brown shrimp and other crustaceans like lobsters and crabs harvested from brackish or marine waters generally have a sweet flavor. This occurs through an internal process that increases the abundance of free amino acids in response to salinity. The higher the salinity, the more free amino acids produced which, in turn, create the sweet flavor.
In addition to sweetness, brown shrimp also exhibit an additional flavor attribute often designated as “ocean like”, “rich” and “full" by taste panelists. Wild Gulf brown shrimp are famous for their bold ocean-like flavor which results from their natural diet of marine plants and animals found offshore near the ocean floor. Some of the best tasting shrimp in the world come from the Texas coast.