Fresh albacore tuna is a staple in our freezers and pantries. Folks tend to be more familiar with tuna than most other types of seafood – schoolyard tuna sandwiches, date night sashimi, and weeknight tuna salads are ubiquitous in most of our lives.
While albacore tuna isn’t difficult to cook, those new to seafood may not know where to begin. This quick recipe illustrates just how easy it is to make a spectacular meal with this simple ingredient.
- Combine 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper in a small bowl.
- Add a tuna medallion to bowl and coat with the oil mixture. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick skillet until very hot. Add oil to the hot pan.
- Add your marinated tuna to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 9 minutes, or between 3 and 4 minutes on each side. Your tuna will continue to cook for several minutes once removed from the heat, so we recommend more conservative timing. You’ll know the fish is done when the meat flakes when tested with a fork but remains pink at the center.
- Remove from heat and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Our Favorite Fresh Albacore Tuna Recipes
Our tuna is also delicious sashimi style. But, if you’re looking for a more adventurous recipe, we recommend any of the following fresh albacore tuna preparations.
- Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime
- Sheet Pan Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks and Potatoes
- Grilled Tuna Steaks with Asian Sesame Crust
- Seared Tuna Pepper Steaks
- Albacore Tuna Sliders
What You Should Know About our Albacore Tuna
We at Lummi Island Wild are proud to offer two fresh albacore tuna options. However, all our tuna is troll-caught, allowing us to abide by the strictest of environmental standards. The tuna is then blast-frozen aboard the fishing vessel just minutes after being caught. This quick freeze allows the meat to retain its fresh taste and texture. Our fish remain frozen through processing. When it reaches your door, you can feel confident that it has remained frozen since fist catch.
Our albacore tuna comes in two separate cuts and portion sizes. Our albacore tuna loins are an average of 1.25lbs, making it an excellent option for family dinners. When sliced, this tuna loin is perfect for a gorgeous tuna salad or sashimi. But, if you’re interested in a smaller cut of tuna, we recommend our albacore tuna loin medallions. These 6oz portions are great for single-serving meals.
Remember that our tuna will last for up to two months in the freezer. If you like albacore, purchasing a combination of loins and loin medallions will afford you the most recipe flexibility.
If you’re looking for something shelf stable, we are also proud to offer two canned albacore tuna options: our albacore tuna ventresca and our albacore tuna cans. Both varieties offer the taste of fresh seafood and the longevity of a tinned fish. If you’re looking to stock your pantry, our canned tuna is an excellent addition.