This week on Food For Thought I let a good idea out of the can…BC Albacore tuna. That’s a frozen tuna in the photo on the right, they are about 10 to 20 pounds when they are caught off the British Columbia coast, long before their bodies have a chance to build up any dangerous concentrations of mercury.
The tuna is available as a high quality canned product, cooked in its own juices with absolutely no waste. It is also available in frozen, boneless, skinless loins, which I love to eat raw as sashimi or sear lightly with Asian seasonings. This photo shows some of the chefs who gathered to demonstrate recipes at Albion Fisheries in Vancouver, with the loins at the bottom of the photo. To listen to my mp3 documentary on albacore tuna, click here.
Here are a couple of the dishes they made. You can find lots of recipes for using both raw and canned tuna at the Canadian Albacore Tuna website. You will also find details of a recipe contest now underway that anyone can enter, with CASH prizes. Contest deadline is December 15th, 2007.