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  • Recipe Room  »  Sustainable seafood stew



    • 2 brown onions, finely diced
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 700g Kinkawooka mussels
    • 1 cup dry vermouth
    • 16 Spencer Gulf King prawns, peeled
    • 300g Hiramasa kingfish, diced
    • 200g Tasmanian salmon, diced
    • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
    • salt and pepper
    • basil leaves and pesto, to serve

    Sustainable seafood stew

    Few parts of our food chain are in direr straits than our oceans. Worldwide fishing levels have experienced a 500% increase since the 1960’s, and while this reflects a growing world population it is simply not sustainable. 

    Along South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and throughout Tasmania you’ll find a range of fish farms, from salmon and ocean trout, to kingfish, snapper, mussels, scallops and tuna. Hatchlings are produced in land-based facilities that are then released into ocean pens. This enables a continuity of supply to market without adding to the pressures on wild fish stocks.

    Currently the feed for these farmed fish is made from trawled supplies of wild sardines – a species under no threat – but exciting developments are taking place at Australian universities to create plant-based feeds that would enable aquaculture to finally close the life and production cycles of seafood.


    Sauté the onion, garlic and bay leaves in olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until softened, then add the mussels and cook for 2 minutes, until they open.

    Pour in the vermouth, simmer briefly, then add the prawns, kingfish, salmon and tomatoes and cook fro 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper then serve with basil and pesto.

    Submitted by
    Fast Ed

    Tips and Tricks

    • Tomatoes cope well with freezing and can be stored in a labelled re-sealable plastic bag in your freezer. They can be thawed fully on your counter-top or thrown straight into your dish fully frozen.

    • Pop basil stems into a cup of water, like a bouquet of flowers, and store in your fridge, covered with a plastic bag to prevent dehydration.

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