Latin Name: Thunnus ibacores, Euthynnus pelamis Commercially Farmed: No Price Band: Low Flavour: Medium Texture: Firm Omega-3 Level: Low
Cooking Method(s): Bake, Grill, Shallow fry, Stir fry


Every menu should have fresh tuna! With its firm, rich red meat, you could almost describe this as the ‘cow of the sea’ and like steak, is best seared on the outside, rare in the centre.

While available year round, tuna can be harder to source in the summer, when the fish follow the monsoon season around the Pacific. It can be flash grilled, griddled or pan-fried but avoid baking as it will dry out.

This fish has a great flavour which stands on its own or with any number of flavours – Oriental, Mediterranean, spices and chillies – just avoid creamy sauces as it's a slightly oilier fish.

Tuna should be kept below 4ºC up until cooking to avoid histamines developing.

The most common species of tuna are listed here in order of quality, starting with the best:

  • Yellowfin Thunnus lbacores A browner, less rich colour, and very tasty. The most commonly available species in the UK.
  • Skipjack Euthynnus pelamis  Rarely sold fresh, this one is the familiar tuna used for canning

Tuna Recipes

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Here are some of the latest recipes for this particular species of fish.

To discover even more tasty meals, be sure to check out our full recipes section for a range of starters, snacks, main meals and sides.

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