Inventive ways to enjoy this sustainable variety of tuna
These kebabs are a good way to use tuna loin, especially any odd-shaped pieces left over from making another recipe. Cooking cucumber may seem unusual, but heat brings out its sweetness.
Thomas J. Story
The fish at San Diego's family-owned sandwich and taco stand Loaf & Fish varies by the week and seasons, from rockfish to black cod. This version of their sandwich uses the local Tuna Harbor Dockside Market’s namesake seafood.
Recipe: Loaf & Fish Tuna Sandwiches
Tuna bellies, or toro, are prized in sushi bars for their velvety texture. That said, you can also use tuna loin in this recipe; it will simply be a little lean. Make sure that your knife is very sharp—it’s the key
to slicing through the soft fish easily without tearing it.
This gently spiced, rich tuna is terrific in sandwiches (we like it on brioche toasts, with cilantro and thinly sliced daikon radish, avocado, and cucumber). Or try it with soba noodles and in salads.
A whole meaty tuna loin can be roasted the same way as a hunk of beef. If your loins are small—3/4 lb. or less each—you can tie them together to create a plumper-looking roast: With the widest sides together, tie at 2-in. intervals with kitchen twine. Take the tuna out of the oven when it’s still very rare—albacore keeps on cooking after it’s pulled off the heat, and if it’s overcooked, it’s dry.
Recipe: Tuna Roast with Ratatouille
Serve with plenty of rice to soak up the spicy, tangy, creamy gravy.
Recipe: Tuna Coconut Curry
Quickly seared albacore steaks get topped with a soy- and lemon-flavored salsa in this speedy supper.
Recipe: Seared Tuna with Japanese Salsa
Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto
Quickly grilled albacore steaks top a bright and citrusy bed of greens, sweet onions, and creamy avocado in an entrée that can be prepared in 30 minutes.
Recipe: Grilled Albacore Citrus Salad
Sometimes the classics really are the best. We love this easy version of tuna salad studded with olives and crumbled hard-boiled eggs.
Recipe: Garden Tuna Salad
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Inspired by the classic French salad, this fancy tuna sandwich takes a Western turn with sourdough and avocados.
Tailgate tip: Go ahead and make these ahead of time because they pack perfectly.
Recipe: California Nicoise Sandwich
A fresh tropical fruit salsa is a welcome addition to peppery albacore tuna steaks in this easy yet stylish dish.
Recipe: Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa
Mediterranean flavors abound here: tomatoes, red wine, capers, and oregano. Sop up the sauce with plenty of crusty bread.
Recipe: Tuna with Tomato-Caper Sauce
Canned wild albacore tuna and anchovies give this olivey tapenade extra briny flavor. Serve with lots of crisp, in-season vegetables.
Recipe: Ojai Tapenade
Here we've stuffed the classic salad into a sourdough roll for a quick and tasty sandwich.
Recipe: Niçoise on a Roll
Photo by James Carrier
We love the way the fresh tastes of cilantro and lime brighten the flavor of canned tuna in this Mexican-style sandwich.
Recipe: Tuna Tortas with Pico de Gallo