Thu 29 Feb

How To Add More Seafood Into Your Diet

The health benefits of seafood have been drummed into us for years, but it has become increasingly clear that Australians don’t eat enough of it.  

If you’re focusing on having a balanced diet in 2024, increasing your seafood intake is a must for the uptake of nutrients like lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iodine, iron, and magnesium… just to name a few!  

If you’ve got a busy lifestyle, or aren’t such a whiz in the kitchen, it can seem intimidating to squeeze a seafood dinner in twice a week to meet the intake recommendations… But don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are some super easy ways to add more seafood to your diet this year. 


Toss Seafood into Pasta or Salads  

We can almost guarantee that you already have pasta or a salad in your weeknight meal rotation, and it’s so easy to add seafood to dishes like this! Plus, pasta and salads lend themselves really well to being both a dinner and the next day’s lunch, as long as you store them in an airtight container in the coldest part of your fridge. 

Get some cooked prawns (pre-peeled are fine if you’re short on time), some high-quality Australian crab meat, some smoked salmon or trout, or cook and flake a fish fillet, and you’ve got an easy protein addition that will take any basic pasta or salad dish to the next level. 

Try these recipes as a starting point: 

Spanner Crab Spaghettini with Lemon, Herbs & Chilli  

Prawn Salad with Chilli, Cucumber & Watercress 

Level Up a Basic Fillet 

Cooking fish fillets is just as easy as cooking your classic meat-and-three-veg, and there are so many options to choose from.  

Your local supermarket will likely have a pretty well-stocked seafood counter, but if you can get down to a Harris Farm or to Sydney Fish Market, you’re really in business. Regardless of where you’re sourcing your fish, make sure you are buying Australian – this is one of the best ways to ensure that what you’re eating is fresh, high quality, and responsibly sourced. 

In summer, we recommend going for Snapper, Flathead, or Barramundi if you have a limited selection, and branching out to some Dory, Whiting, or Perch if your fishmonger has a bit more variety in stock! 

Some of our favourite weeknight fillet recipes are: 

Snapper Fillets with Cabbage & Pan-fried Potatoes
Barbecued Chermoula Mullet Fillets


Frozen Seafood is Not the Enemy! 

While fresh is always best when it comes to seafood, purchasing it frozen should not be sneered at, as long as it’s Australian-produced and packaged. If having a packet of crab meat, prawns, or fillet portions in the freezer helps you add just one extra portion of fishy nutrition per week, it’s 100% worth it in our book. The same concept applies to tinned seafood as well. 

The one thing we would discourage is purchasing frozen seafood that has been extensively processed (we’re looking at you, fish fingers!). Seafood dishes should always be kept as simple as possible, and additional crumbing and seasoning will only take away from the final product. You can create something much more delicious (and nutritious) with some nice butter, fresh herbs, and seasonal veggies. 

These recipes would work just as well with frozen seafood as with fresh: 

Fettuccine with Balmain Bugs 

Prawn Fried Rice 


Simple and Superb Stir-Fries  

Most seafood species suit stir-frying in some capacity – the key is to add your chosen seafood last, as it will take only a few minutes to cook on a high heat. Stir-fries are also great for using up leftover vegetables in your fridge, as a good sauce and a flash in the pan will bring everything together.  

One variety of seafood that people often don’t realise they can stir-fry is bivalves, like pipis and clams. These species provide a lot of protein and nutrients despite their small size, cook quickly, and soak up flavours very well. Stir-fries are also a great way to use frozen prawns, if you’ve got a packet hiding away. 

Try one of these recipes on a busy weeknight: 

Pipis in Black Bean Sauce 

Stir-fried Blue Swimmer Crabs with Tamarind & Coconut