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Monday, 27 April 2020

T is For Tuna : Tasty Recipes

Did you know that, "Tuna is a member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They can grow to a huge size (up to 700kg) and their meaty flesh is distinctively flaky and firm with a rich, strong flavour, the consequence of its comparatively high oil content. Tuna is mainly sold as steaks. It dries out quite quickly, so should be cooked very briefly over a high heat; marinated before cooking; or simmered in a sauce.

Tuna is available all year round, but at their best when in season, starting from May going through to early September (according to variety).

Choose the best - as tuna are oily, they go off quickly, so need to be very fresh. When buying tuna steaks, look for those that have been trimmed neatly, with firm, dense red or dark red flesh and a meaty aroma. Avoid those with strong discolouration around the bone, or which have a dull, brownish cast. Thicker-cut steaks will stay juicier during the cooking process.

Tuna is also available tinned. Albacore is one of the best types sold this way. Skipjack (which, like bonito, is a somewhere between tuna and mackerel, but classed as a tuna) is the most commonly tinned variety. Tinned tuna is available packed in water, brine, vegetable oil or olive oil (with the last being the best).

When preparing Tuna - the steaks should not be washed before cooking - just pat them dry with some kitchen paper. Tinned tuna should be drained before use.

With regard to storing Tuna, if it's fresh tuna, remove any packaging, wipe with kitchen paper, put on a plate, then cover with cling-film and put on the bottom shelf of the fridge. Consume within a day. Tinned tuna should be stored in a cool, dark place. After opening, it should be transferred to a non-metal, airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

You may cook Tuna by Barbecue, grill or pan fry (up to 2 minutes each side), by Bake, wrapped in oiled foil (10-15 minutes), by Braise (10-15 minutes).
Some alternatives to Tuna are herring, tilapia or mackerel."

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searching for some tuna recipes
here are some

Grilled Tuna Salad with Garlic Dressing
more details here


Tuna Fish Casserole
more details here


Tuna Steaks Seared and served with a Pineapple Salsa
more details here


I hope you may enjoy a tuna dish soon.
I wonder have you got a favourite from these three recipes?
I must say the tuna with pineapple salsa looks a colourful plateful.

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All the best Jan

34 comments:

Jo said...

We eat fresh tuna very occasionally, the tinned variety more often.

Valerie-Jael said...

Very healthy, but one of th few things I do not like or eat! Valerie

DUTA said...

Great post on one of the most popular sort of fish!
I always keep some canned variety, usually the one in brine. It's low in calories and stars in many dishes with additional veggies, boiled eggs, and even fruit (your plate with pineapple slices). It looks good, tastes good and is very filling.

John M said...

It seems a bit like salmon. I like salmon so I think I'll like tuna. I'll pick some up.

Elephant's Child said...

It is a very versatile dish isn't it?

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I eat tinned tuna often.

DeniseinVA said...

All wonderful tuna fish recipes. Thank you Jan, for those and for the interesting information. Have a great week :)

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Me gusta tanto el atún como la caballa. Suelo comer ambas cosas.

Espero que te encuentres bien.

Besos

Kay said...

We just had ahi (tuna in Hawaiian) last night as sashimi. So very good with wasabi and soy sauce.

bill burke said...

I would try all of them, I love tuna!

CJ Kennedy said...

I don't think I've ever had fresh tuna just canned used to make tuna salad for sandwiches or in a tuna noodle casserole for a quick meal.

Sally said...

My brother and I love tuna casserole; his wife doesn't so once in a while (before this pandemic) I'd make it for him, and serve my sis in law something different.

I've never bought tuna fresh; our grocery store usually only has seafood that comes from overseas, and I'm not into that. When I buy the tinned, always albacore, but I prefer the 'packed in water'.

Sorry I haven't been around much. Still figuring out how to spend my days; you know like should I be in the living room or in the bedroom recliner reading books. I don't know where my energy has gone, but it took a hike. LOL

Take care! Stay safe.
xoxo

Fun60 said...

I much prefer tinned tuna to fresh tuna so not sure what that says about me.

Tanza Erlambang said...

I love fish, especially Tuna....yummy

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Tuna is a favourite with us. Thanx for this, Jan.

God bless.

Christine said...

Did not know they are related to mackerel, interesting.

Kaya said...

So many wonderful delicious recipes with tuna. I even couldn't imagine that tuna can be so tasty.
I didn't eat tuna for a long long time, I should certainly try one of this recipes.
Stay safe and healthy!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love tuna, but mostly all I can get here is the canned (flaked) variety.

peppylady (Dora) said...

My son eats a raw

Jeanie said...

With all the problems in our meat packing plants, I may be having a lot of tuna over the next few months. So extra thanks for these!

Birgitta said...

I like fish :)

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous post and as we love tuna the links to recipes are appreciated.x

mamasmercantile said...

Tinned tuna is a very easy go to meal. Fresh tuna is not always easy to get locally, but we do enjoy it occasionally. Take care.

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

What an interesting post! The recipes look great.
I love tuna (here it's found only tinned) but I try to eat it seldom because the (over)fishing endangers marine ecosystems in many ways.
Stay safe and well!

Lee said...

Yum! Yum! :)

Iris Flavia said...

My Dad hated fish - but ate Rollmops, oh, well - and my Mum once sold tuna as a steak to him. It worked!!!
I sadly only like tuna coldin salads, the warm smell makes me gag.

Margaret D said...

The food in those dishes looks delicious.
I'm not a lover of tuna and don't usually cook with that fish.
Love fish though.

Tom said...

...Tuna Fish Casserole was always a part of my childhood.

Teresa said...

El atún para ensalada me gusta. Besitos y salud.

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan for the excellent post! Lots of good information and recipes! Big Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

I wish I enjoyed seafood it would be so good for my health but i just can't stand the smell, it makes me sick.

Martha said...

I enjoy tuna from time to time. All these recipes look great!

DVArtist said...

These are wonderful tuna dishes.

Debbie said...

i remember my moms tuna casserole (hot)!! i like tuna salad only!!