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Aquna, a piece of luxury… redefined

November 16th, 2022 by

What does luxury mean in 2022? 

The concept of luxury is, and always will be, centered around an idea of exclusivity. However, the definition of luxury is changing. Millennials, Gen Y and Gen Z are demanding less waste, more accountability. Better quality, good for the planet. Now, the new definition of luxury revolves around values and responsibility. 

The term luxury is no longer about status. It’s about being more conscious, more transparent, more knowledgeable. It’s our purpose that chefs and consumers find interesting about our product and brand. At Aquna, we believe luxury is about quality over quantity, sustainability, health and innovation … and being inventive.

Image: Aquna is available at Fish Shoppe, Melbourne (pictured) and other select market retailers.

Fish fat candles and soap

Who would have ever considered fish fat a luxury? Well, thanks to the inventive mindsets of restaurateur and chef Josh Niland and partner, Julie, the candle and soap, pictured, have been developed using repurposed Aquna Murray Cod fish fat. 

The author of The Whole Fish Cookbook, in collaboration with Hunter Candles and The Soapstress, will be launching this new line of fish fat candles and soap for retail sale before Christmas through the Fish Butchery.

Better for the planet

Luxury is about a sense of responsibility. At Aquna, it’s our mission to make a positive impact on people’s plates — and the planet! Always looking to improve our farming practices, it’s exciting for us to have been announced as winners of the Sustainability category at the 2022 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

Now, we’re finalists in the 60th Australian Export Awards national program! We’ll be waving the flag for sustainable farming and aquaculture at the award ceremony held on Thursday, 24 November 2022 at Parliament House in Canberra.

Packed with health benefits

The modern understanding of luxury includes holistic wellbeing — prioritising health in a fast-paced world. The new definition of luxury involves people taking care of themselves. Body, soul and spirit should be in harmony with one another. Packed full of health benefits, Aquna is a low-energy source of protein and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids — a type of healthy fat our bodies can’t produce.

Aquna, a piece of luxury… redefined.

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

Aquna is available in select Coles stores. Aquna is also in 150 Woolworths stores throughout NSW and Victoria, along with select Harris Farm Market stores in NSW. You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Prost! Pairing beer and Aquna for Oktoberfest

October 14th, 2022 by

Australia’s Oktoberfest in the Gardens back in 2022 — an event inspired by the love of the food, drink and culture of traditional Bavarian festivities. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dust off their dirndl and lace up their lederhosen? With beer the highlight of Oktoberfest, when it comes to food pairings, a cold ale goes brilliantly with Aquna.

Matched well, the right brew elevates and accentuates the flavour of seafood. Fish can pair with nearly every type of beer. In this article, you’ll learn more about a few types of beer to team up with your next Aquna dish. So, in the time-honoured tradition of Oktoberfest, let’s raise a glass together in the celebration. Prost! (Or cheers, in English).

Pair these “beers” with Aquna

1. Pale ale

Pale ale is a golden to amber-coloured beer style brewed with pale malt. Easy drinking and usually fruity, any pale-coloured beer works well with beer-battered fish, like Aquna. See our Aquna fish and chips how-to video, below.

2. Seltzer

Seltzer is basically carbonated water. Hard seltzer is carbonated water combined with alcohol and fruit flavouring. It’s on-trend right now, popular for its bubbly, low-calorie qualities and is considered a staple at summer barbecues.

3. Ginger beer

Traditional ginger beer is a sweetened and carbonated, usually non-alcoholic beverage. A good ginger beer is super refreshing, especially in summer. Ginger beer is also popular for battering fish and making delicious sauces.

Aquna fish and chips: How-to video

Watch the following video for your step-by-step guide on how to prepare the Aquna fish and chips recipe for your Oktoberfest celebration.

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

Aquna is available in select Coles stores. Aquna is also in 150 Woolworths stores throughout NSW and Victoria, along with select Harris Farm Market stores in NSW. You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Spring is the season for entertaining — and awards!

September 19th, 2022 by

Following a wet and wild winter in Australia, spring has finally sprung.

You can feel the optimism in the air. With brighter and warmer days to enjoy, entertaining family and friends is back on the agenda, finally. Spring entertaining is all about light and fresh seasonal ingredients and getting together in the great outdoors. Just perfect.

What’s new on the menu?

Surprise and delight your friends and family with this easy and delicious Baked Aquna dip with celery, horseradish and capers. Homemade dips are a fabulous way to boost your nutrient intake. Plus, it’ll be a big hit with your guests, who will love the texture and divine combination of flavours. 

Aquna dip: How-to video

WATCH the following video for your step-by-step guide on how to prepare the Baked Aquna dip with celery, horseradish and capers recipe.

Spring is award season

It’s been a whirlwind start to the award season for Aquna Murray Cod. We’re thrilled to share with you news about the following two awards.

2022 Premier’s NSW Export Awards

We’re excited to be among the finalists for the 2022 Premier’s NSW Export Awards in the Sustainability category. Congratulations to the amazing Aquna team and fellow finalists! The Premier’s NSW Export Awards Gala Award Ceremony will be held on 12 October in Sydney Town Hall, where category winners will be announced. We’ll keep you posted.

2022 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

Aquna Hot Smoked Murray Cod has been announced as Champion in the Fine Foods Smoked/Cured Product category at the 2022 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show at a gala event on 20 September. While we don’t currently sell Hot Smoked, chefs love this product and we’re planning to launch into the consumer market in 2023! Plus, we’re thrilled to have been awarded two bronze medals in the Fresh Fish categories, along with GOLD in the Smoked/Cured Product category for our Aquna Hot Smoked Murray Cod at the 2022 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. While our Hot Smoked product isn’t widely available yet, chefs LOVE it. We’re planning to launch it more broadly in 2023!

What great results!

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

Aquna is available in select Coles stores. Aquna is also in 150 Woolworths stores throughout NSW and Victoria, along with select Harris Farm Market stores in NSW. You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Aquna catching on in the US market

August 30th, 2022 by

Americans have always been a little intrigued by Australians — our rugged landscape, our snakes, our crocodiles, and our kangaroos. While they’re still coming to grips with the taste of our beloved Vegemite, we’re pleased to say the US market is embracing the flavour of our Aquna Murray Cod.

In this article, you’ll hear from LA-based Brock Miller (pictured), our head of development in North America and former chef, about cracking the US market in 2018 with an iconic Australian freshwater fish completely unknown to American chefs and consumers.

Now, Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod is catching on.

Q. When did Aquna launch into the US market?

A. Aquna has been available off and on in the US since 2018 but we’ve been officially available since 2020.

Q. What do chefs and consumers love about Aquna?

A. Chefs and consumers love the rich, buttery flavour of Aquna. Plus, they appreciate the many different ways Aquna can be cooked. They’re also blown away by the consistency of our fish.

Q. What are they most interested in about our fish?

A. They’re most interested in our sustainable farming practices, the wonderful flavour profile of the fish, and its amazing fat content.

Q. What questions do you get asked most about Aquna?

A. The questions I get asked the most about our fish from chefs is the consistency in sizing and availability.

Q. How do you describe Aquna to customers and wholesalers?

A. The way I describe the flavor of the Aquna is a cross between halibut, Chilean sea bass, and black cod.

Q. Where does Aquna currently feature on the menu in the US?

A. We’re currently featured in many Michelin-star rated restaurants in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, as well as other fine-dining restaurants in Houston, Dallas and in Austin, Texas.

Q. What’s the plan for Aquna in the US moving forward?

A. Going forward, we plan to continue the education process in our current markets, as well as expanding our reach to other markets in the US. We have a food show lined up in September to showcase our product.

Got any questions? Say g’day to Brock

Send an email with your question or enquiry: brock@aquna.com

Buzz of being back at the Good Food & Wine Show

July 25th, 2022 by

Oh in-person events, we’ve missed you! After a two-year hiatus, the team at Aquna loved the buzz of being back at the Good Food & Wine Show in Sydney and Melbourne, where we got to share the Aquna story and hear important and direct feedback from consumers about our fish.

This is how we learn — and improve. 

For many consumers, it was the first time they’d tried Aquna Murray Cod, tossed in rice flour and deep fried (with sea salt and a squeeze of lemon), for the full-flavour experience. You can re-create a similar recipe at home. The messages we took away from the event were consistent. There’s strong interest in the provenance of Aquna and our commitment to sustainable farming

Plus, the taste of Aquna. Here’s how it’s described: 

  • “Light, fresh really nice.”
  • “Clean, succulent very nice.”
  • “It’s far superior to any other fish.”
  • “The texture of the fish is amazing.”

WATCH the short video to see what others have to say, including the non-fish eaters, who have some surprising and wonderful feedback.

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

In big news, Aquna is now available in select Coles stores. Aquna is also in 150 Woolworths stores throughout NSW and Victoria. 

You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Winter warmer recipes featuring Aquna Murray Cod

June 20th, 2022 by

It’s winter here in Australia, and the weather has been mind-blowingly cold. You’re not imagining the crisp conditions. It’s been an unusually chilly start to the season, particularly for the south-east. So, what can we do when the temperature drops, and the days become shorter and darker? Keep cosy and enjoy wonderful winter warmer recipes featuring Aquna.

In this article, you’ll find five comfort recipes featuring Aquna that’ll lift your mood and motivation during the cooler winter months. Get started with a new recipe, packed with flavour and all the goodness of Aquna Murray Cod.

1. New Aquna recipe

Recipe: Crispy-skin Aquna with celery, pine nut and olive salsa

With a delicious combination of flavours, this new Aquna recipe is easy to cook for a healthy midweek meal. The sweet and savoury of cranberries and olives, together with the crunch of pine nuts, will give you something to look forward to after being rugged up in your winter woolies all day.

WATCH STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

2. Aquna fish pie with beer-battered chips

Recipe: Aquna fish pie with beer-battered chips

Who doesn’t love a piping hot pie in winter? The humble meat pie has long been a tradition at winter sporting events, this upmarket version will warm you up on the inside and could turn out to be your go-to comfort food. For a homemade fish pie the family will devour, give this one a try.

3. Aquna Murray Cod doughnuts

Recipe: Aquna Murray Cod doughnuts

Whoa, these beauties are exactly what you need on a rainy winter’s day. Bite-size and crispy on the outside, Aquna Murray Cod doughnuts are the ultimate winter warmer for a snack, entree, or just because you want to eat something truly comforting and crunchy any time of day.

4. Pan-fried Aquna in rice flour

Recipe: Pan-fried Aquna in rice flour

Sometimes, you just want to enjoy the simple things in life. This recipe is all about Aquna. With just a dusting of rice flour, you’ll love the clean flavour of the fish and almost zero preparation time, for night’s when you want to head straight for your favuorite spot in front of the fireplace.

5. Whole-baked Aquna with butter sauce

Recipe: Whole-baked Aquna with butter sauce

Butter is pure comfort food, don’t you think? This recipe is the perfect winter entertainer. Your family and friends will love, love, love the texture, taste of the whole-fish experience. Plus, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to pull together for your next get-together during winter.

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

In big news, Aquna is now available in select Coles stores. Aquna is also in 150 Woolworths stores throughout NSW and Victoria. 

You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Spice up your life: Season your Aquna for powerful health benefits

May 23rd, 2022 by

With winter just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to spice up your life. Who wouldn’t love a little pick-me-up? Using spices in your cooking is a great way to add a taste-hit to your food while giving you a health boost.

There’s lots to love about Aquna Murray Cod’s clean, natural flavour. Still, why not get adventurous and season your fish for something different?

For centuries, spices have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. From anti-inflammatory properties to cognitive and mood boosters, spices are packed full of vitamins and minerals. The good news is, some of the best spices can be found at your local supermarket fresh or dried ready to make your Aquna meal even more memorable.

With around 40 spices (and herbs) available, we’ve narrowed down the list to four spices that we believe complement Aquna’s flavour and texture. We’ve Aquna recipes to spices in this article, along with two NEW ones to try!

1. Ginger: the zingy spice

Powerful health benefits: Ginger helps with an upset stomach. Studies have shown ginger is useful in treating nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness. It has anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants. Some research indicates it may have anticancer effects. 

Flavour: Ginger walks a fine line between savoury and sweet and is traditionally used in Asian recipes like noodle bowls or stir-fry. Keen to give it a go? Try this recipe: Baked Aquna parcels with ginger and soy sauce

2. Turmeric, the golden spice

Powerful health benefits: Turmeric has a growing reputation as a superfood. This golden spice gets lots of hype, for good reason.  It’s bursting with antioxidants, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Research suggests turmeric may help prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

Flavour: Turmeric has a warm, earthy flavour (with a slightly bitter aftertaste) and has been used throughout history in Indian cooking. Keen to give it a go? Try this recipe: Curried Aquna with cauliflower

3. Garlic, the spicy spice

Powerful health benefits: Garlic is highly nutritious and is used to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood fats and cholesterol. Garlic is also used to fight colds, sinusitis and flu with its antibiotic and antiviral properties. You have to chop or crush the clove to get the benefits.

Flavour: Garlic is synonymous with cooking. You’ll be familiar with the strong-smelling bulb and a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Keen to give it a go? Try this recipe: Stir-fried rapini with Aquna and sesame

4. Chilli, the kicker spice

Powerful health benefits: Chillies are an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C. They’re also known for having metabolism-boosting qualities, helping to keep blood vessels healthy, and are high in fibre and minerals like potassium.

Flavour: There are more than 200 varieties, ranging in flavour from sweet to smokey. Chillies are notably used in Mexican, Indian and Thai cooking. Keen to give it a go? Try this recipe: Thai red Aquna curry

NEW Aqua recipes with spice!

RECIPE: Pan-fried Aquna with harissa, currants and honey

WATCH STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

RECIPE: Spicy Aquna red curry

WATCH STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

Want to cook Aquna Murray Cod at home?

Did you know Aquna Murray Cod is now in 150 Woolworths stores in NSW and Victoria You’ll find it in the take-home seafood section.

Want to sample Aquna Murray Cod at your restaurant?

Keen to know more about Aquna Murray Cod? Have a conversation with us about your wholesale supply.

Cooking a whole Aquna with Alessandro Pavoni (with recipe)

April 6th, 2022 by

Even fish lovers fear cooking with a whole fish. Many of us have lost the skill (and will) to break down and cook a whole fish. In the article, you’ll meet chef and restaurateur Alessandro Pavoni, who owns three Sydney eateries: Ormeggio at The Spit, Chiosco by Ormeggio, and a’Mare

Earlier this year, Alessandro cooked a whole Aquna Murray Cod recipe (see below) at a Sydney Seafood School masterclass. If you’re curious to know how and why to cook a whole fish, Alessandro shares his thoughts in this Q&A, along with the reasons he hand-picks Aquna.

Q1. What do you look for in the produce you serve at your restaurants?

A. Freshness and consistency are the main two factors. Sustainability is super important for seafood — and quality across all ingredients!

Q2. What qualities do you most value about Aquna Murray Cod?

A. Consistency , high quality, freshness — Aquna Murray cod really ticks all my boxes.

Q3. How would you describe the flavour of Aquna Murray Cod?

A. I love Aquna Murray Cod. It’s such a clean fish and never tastes muddy. I particularly love the texture.

Q4. Some people are fearful of cooking a whole fish. Explain why they should try cooking Salt-Crusted Aquna Murray Cod?

A. I believe cooking a whole fish — skin,bones and all — gives it such a better flavour. You retain better moisture. The delicate flesh of the fish is protected because it is cooked on the bone — it takes flavour too. Cooking in salt crust is the purest way of cooking. Inside the chamber, created by the salt, the heat creates steam with the moisture of the fish and infuses with the flavour of the salt. It’s protected from the high heat. You can infuse it with other flavours such as lemon or herbs. It’s delicate yet robust in flavour, and so rewarding when you cut it open.

RECIPE: Salt-crusted Aquna Murray Cod

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1.2 kg salt mix (half rock salt, half fine salt, pulse in blender until still coarse)
  • 6 x 55g eggs, separated for 180g of egg white (see notes)
  • 2 x 400g Aquna Murray Cod fillets, skin (scales on)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 lemon leaves
Preserved lemon and macadamia dressing

80g macadamia nuts
1 whole preserved lemon
100ml extra virgin olive oil
Salt flakes and freshly ground white pepper, to taste

1. Toast the macadamia until golden in the oven, allow to cool, cut each one into 4 pieces.
2. Wash and clean the pulp off the preserved lemon skins and discard, cut the skins in 5mm cubes.
3. Mix lemon, macadamia and olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Method

1. Pre-heat over to 180°C
2. Make salt mix: whip 180g egg white until firm, add salt and combine.
3. Brush the flesh side of the cod fillets with oil and sandwich together, skin facing
outwards.
4. Place half of the salt mix onto a papered baking tray. Lay the half the lemon leaves
onto the salt mix underneath the cod fillets, then cover with the remaining lemon
leaves and the rest of the salt mix.
5. Bake for 18 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and rest for 10 minutes.
7. Break away salt crust and remove skin and lemon leaves.
8. Plate fish with macadam dressing over the top.
9. Serve with green salad

Why buy a whole Aquna this Easter?

Here’s where you can buy fresh, whole Aquna Murray Cod in New South Wales and Victoria. Alessandro sourced Aquna for this whole-fish recipe from the Sydney Fish Markets.

 

Sustainable fish: here’s what Aquna’s working on in 2022

March 21st, 2022 by

Producing a sustainable fish product is not a set-and-forget situation. From the beginning, we’ve been working within our own business and throughout our supply chain to reduce our environmental impact. Each year, we raise the bar higher. We ask ourselves: “Where can we improve?” 

Sustainability has a number of different elements, of course. In this article, we’d love to share with you what we’ve been working on as we continue to up the ante in 2022, staying laser-focused on our vision to set the sustainability benchmark globally for the aquaculture industry.

Here are four new initiatives:

1. Feed production

According to Mat Ryan, managing director, Aquna, the team has been working on different diets that use vegetable proteins to completely substitute fishmeal to feed Aquna Murray Cod. 

In addition to this initiative, Mat says the team is also looking at using waste from other aquaculture businesses and land-based animal protein sources to find the most sustainable feed for our fish.

2. Energy reduction

True to one of our core values, Innovation, Mat says the team is in the process of finding a better way to aerate the ponds. Aeration of our water is our biggest power use. In a new trial, which is about to get started, the team is looking at reducing the amount of energy required to perform aeration while maintaining a happy and healthy environment for our fish.

3. Plastic waste recycling

Aquna has recently welcomed a new plastic crushing press on-site in Griffith. Installation of the plastic crushing press means all of our plastic waste can be compressed and sent on to recyclers for reuse. Compacting the waste also cuts down on transport required to action this.

4. Recyclable boxes

In another new trial, we’re testing recyclable boxes to transport our fish from farm to market. When we reach a conclusion on which recyclable box works best for us, we’ll communicate in more detail with you.

Want to know where to buy Aquna Murray Cod?

There are a number of ways you can buy Aquna Murray Cod. 

What does Aquna Murray Cod actually taste like?

February 21st, 2022 by

What does Aquna Murray Cod actually taste like? 

It’s a question the Aquna team gets asked by chefs and grocery consumers, who are keen to learn more about our product’s flavour profile, when compared with other white-fleshed fish on the market. 

If a flavor profile is the combination of flavours experienced when a food item is tasted, how would Aquna be best described? That’s what we’re going to unpack for you in this month’s article.

Nope, there’s no muddy flavour

There are still some people who associate Murray cod with a muddy flavour. In fact, it’s usually the one thing wild-caught Murray cod, and other freshwater fish, have been criticised for historically. 

In a previous article, The Remaking of Australia’s Most Iconic Freshwater Fish, we explained how our farmed-produced Aquna has been created without the muddy flavour — and the stigma is subsiding.

What chefs are saying about Aquna’s flavour

As more chefs learn about the flavour profile of Aquna Murray Cod and choose to use our premium fish on their menus in restaurants in Australia and the USA, what is it about the taste of our product that they love?

Here’s how four well-known chefs sum up how Aquna tastes:

  • Christian Abbott from the Australian Venue Co. (Melbourne branch) describes Aquna as: “Buttery, velvety, clean, with a meaty texture.” According to Christian, Aquna Murray Cod delivers versatility, consistency, and sustainability like no other native fish. 
  • Brendan Katitch from NOMAD in Flinders Lane says: “The magic of Aquna Murray Cod lies in the contrast of flavours and textures, the sweet, delicate, earthiness of the flaky flesh against the crispy fattiness of the (flame licked) skin.”
  • Jason Staudt (pictured) from Stokehouse in St Kilda told us in a recent Q&A that Aquna’s “clean flavour and firm flesh” appeal to him. Together with the product’s great versatility – from cooking over wood, to poaching, to steaming – which bring out different, natural flavours. 
  • Jeremy Arrascaeta from Angler at Stirling in South Australia describes Aquna succinctly: “Sweet, delicate, firm, versatile, easy to cook and approachable.”

Have you tried Aquna Murray Cod? How would you describe its flavour?

Want to learn to cook with Aquna Murray Cod?

If you’re new to Aquna Murray Cod and would like to know how to cook it, there’s a comprehensive guide on our website, which includes interactive cuts chart and cooking technique instructions

Excitingly, you can learn how to cook with Aquna Murray Cod from chef and restaurateur, Alessandro Pavoni, at an in-person masterclass at the Sydney Seafood School on Saturday, 26 February 2022. BOOK NOW.