Why Eat It

Why Eat It

Americans eat more tuna than any other fish. Although about 95% of it is consumed in canned form, the fresh fish is also extremely popular. Tuna is a large saltwater fish (depending on the species, it may weight up to 1,500 pounds). Some of the more common types caught primarily in the Pacific are albacore and yellowfin; bluefin abounds off of both U.S. coasts. Tuna has "meaty" flesh, deep red and dense; it is soft and looks almost like beef when raw, but firms up and turns lighter in color when cooked. (Like good beef, fresh tuna should be reddish, not brown, when you buy it.)

Fresh tuna is most commonly sold in steaks or slices. It's tasty marinated and then grilled, poached, baked, broiled, or sauteed.

Date Published: 04/21/2005
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