Mulloway Argyrosomus hololepidotus


The flesh of the mulloway is mild and moist with only a few big bones, which are no fuss to remove. The shape and size of this finfish allow for many uniform cutlets of serving-portion size. The large, firm flakes make it ideally suited to grilling as steaks or fillets and are delicious when coated and fried. Larger specimens, which can be a little drier, are perfectly suited to casseroles and soups.

Flavours that will accompany the mulloway include tomato, capsicum, strong citrus and curry. To create a distinctly Australian flavour, use the “bush tomato” in bouillabaisse-style dishes. As this tomato is quite strong in taste, it is a good idea to check the intensity of its flavour so as not to overpower the flavour of the finfish.

Small mulloway are excellent cooked whole (gilled and gutted), either baked or on the barbecue.




Distinctive flavour


Usually moist

Large mulloway can have a low moisture level. Small mulloway can be “soapy”.


For plainer dishes, poached or deep fried, select a good herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc from Western Australia.

Nutrition Information (average quantity per 100g)

Energy 435 (103 calories) Fat (total) 0.6 g Alpha‐linolenic acid 29 mg
Protein 20.6 g Saturated fat 31%of total fat Docosahexaenoic acid 72 mg
Cholesterol 19 mg Monounsaturated fat 21% of total fat Eicosapentaenoic acid 17 mg
Sodium 54 mg Polyunsaturated fat 48% of total fat