Over the last few years, seafood deliveries have seen a boom around Sydney. Not satisfied with the freshness of what’s on supermarket shelves, customers have started buying live oysters, lobsters and prawns direct from aquaculturalists and fishmongers. And you no longer need to line up for hours at the Fish Market to make your selection. On top of the whole fish and fillets for Friday night’s dinner, these companies deliver blooming platters of sashimi, ready-to-cook swimmer-crab ravioli and oysters with champagne – and in most cases you can order for same-day delivery.

Manettas Seafood Market
Peter Manettas launched his online marketplace in 2016, working with fishmongers to deliver ice-cold salmon, barramundi, blue-eye trevalla and John Dory by the portion. The most popular orders include the ready-to-cook eastern rock lobster mornay, butterflied garlic butter prawns, blue swimmer crab ravioli, eastern king prawn wontons and garlic butter southern rock lobster – all of which can go straight in the oven without extra prep. You’ll also find razor clams, Western Australian scallops, and half-shell New Zealand mussels. They can deliver live prawns and NSW lobsters too, when available. Manettas services New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, making it one of the biggest seafood suppliers in the country. Its mixed seafood packs of Pacific oysters, sweet tiger prawns, sashimi and more means you can get super fresh seafood without the queues.

Steve Costi’s Seafood
Steve Costi opened his first store in David Jones Food Hall in 1985. His business expanded to multiple stores in Sydney and in 2021 he launched an online store delivering high quality fish and seafood across the city. You can select whole fish and fillets, including barramundi, blue-eye cod, snapper, ocean trout and Tasmanian salmon, plus Sydney rock oysters, western rock lobster, Moreton Bay bug, blue swimmer crab, cooked tiger prawns, scallops in the half-shell, cleaned and tenderised octopus and black mussels. Costi also sells pretty sashimi platters catering up to six, including sashimi-grade salmon, tuna, kingfish, scampi and scallops, plus salmon caviar and black lumpfish.

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Young-gun Antonio Muollo has been working at Sydney Fish Market since he was 10 years old. His family runs De Costi, and Muollo saw a gap in the market when he realised customers would be open to ordering fresh fish online. Launched in 2017, Getfish operates from the Fish Market and delivers daily to a number of Sydney suburbs. In the fresh section, you can order live blue mussels and live pippies, octopus, squid, whole and filleted Murray cod and coral trout, abalone sashimi, salmon roe and a whole lot more. If you want your fish cut or filleted a certain way, it’ll do that for you too.

Frozen and breaded, fresh from Clarence River, cooked, peeled or arranged on a platter – however you like your prawns, Claudio’s has it by the kilo. The long-running family business at Sydney Fish Market delivers all its fish and seafood catches, including whole ocean trout, Pacific and Sydney rock oysters, molluscs, crustaceans and fillets of ling, barramundi, snapper, swordfish and tuna. Hosting? The Divine Seafood Platter feeds five and includes cooked eastern rock lobster, tiger prawns, blue swimmer crab, bugs, a dozen Sydney rock oysters and salmon, kingfish and tuna sashimi. If you order before 9am, you can have your platter on the table the same day. There’s a minimum spend of $100.

Regulars keep coming back to Peter’s for its baby octopus, cooked king crab legs, scampi and tins of Avruga caviar imported from Spain. The Sydney fishmonger has more than 100 species of seafood in its Fish Market store, as well as a sushi and sashimi bar, an aburi scallop station and oyster bar – and almost all of it can be ordered online. Whole leatherjacket, blue mackerel, hiramasa kingfish and other varieties will be scaled, gutted and filleted on the day of your order, and live pippies, marron, mud crab and southern rock lobster can be delivered too. For easter, the team's offering 20 per cent off storewide throughout March, with a minimum spend of $120 and free delivery within 15 kilometres of the store. Out of condiments? Peter’s has wasabi, sweet chilli, soy sauce, pickled ginger and tartare.

Nicholas Seafood
Ready-to-grill tuna steaks, sashimi-grade Tasmanian salmon, smoked eel and raw blue swimmer crab are just some of the ocean treats Nicholas Seafood can deliver. For the easiest ready-to-eat options, you can order beautifully arranged platters of cooked bugs, South Australian crab, freshly caught and peeled tiger prawns, rock oysters and smoked ocean trout with lemons and seafood sauce included. Its kitchen staff specialises in Asian influenced cuisine and the platters of sashimi come wrapped in blossom shapes. Nicholas Seafood delivers free of charge within 15 kilometres of Sydney Fish Market, otherwise there’s an additional fee.

Bondi Oysters
Bondi Oysters founder Thomas Rolfe is shaking up Sydney’s shellfish game. Offering three-hour delivery to suburbs in the city’s metro radius, Rolfe and the team are supplying Sydney rock oysters farmed in Narooma on the South Coast straight to your door. But it’s not all about molluscs. Prawns sourced from northern New South Wales and Queensland, Black Pearl caviar and various accoutrements are available to add to your order. Plus a selection of beer, wine and champagne, which arrives chilled and ready to pop. Delivery can be arranged for specific dates, while same-day shipping is available for orders made before 6pm – although it is first in, best dressed as there are limited spots each day.

Additional reporting by Chynna Santos, Tristan Lutze and Elizabeth McDonald.

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