Albacore Tuna Facts

June 03, 2020

Albacore Tuna Facts

Albacore Tuna

Albacore tuna is a tuna species found throughout the world's warm and tropical waters. Albacore tuna is also known as longfin tuna in fishing circles. Albacore tuna is lighter in color and firmer than other species of tuna. The color and texture of albacore make it a favorite for canning and smoking, but we want to show you other ways of creating delicious meals with our albacore tuna steaks and loins. Albacore is also much milder in flavor than different types of tuna and is an excellent choice for introducing yourself to eating tuna. 

Global Seafoods Albacore Tuna:

Our albacore tuna is caught wild off of the coasts of Hawaii, Fiji, and found in the South Pacific and Mediterranean seas. We source our albacore tuna from high-quality fishers who put complete care into their fishing techniques and the tuna processing after caught. From the ocean to your table, we ensure that our albacore tuna is adequately treated to provide the best flavor and texture.

Our tuna is processed quickly and frozen right away in vacuum-sealed bags so that they arrive at your door with the best possible flavor and texture.  

Our wild Albacore tuna is sushi grade. Many of our customers enjoy making Albacore tuna sushi and Albacore tuna sashimi with our products. Raw, sushi-grade albacore tuna has a soft texture and buttery flavor due to its time living in warm, open waters. 

Albacore Tuna Facts:

Albacore is one of the smaller species of tuna that roam our world's warm oceans. Albacore and skipjack tuna are both popular for canning and smoking. Albacore tuna are a highly migratory fish, which means they travel the world's temperate oceans during their lifetime. White Albacore tuna have an average life span of about 10-12 years, and they reach maturity at around 5-6 years. 

Albacore tuna is mostly marketed as canned tuna for Albacore tuna salad, but albacore tuna steaks are also delicious and easy to cook. Albacore tuna fish has a firm texture, and its fat content makes it perfect for grilling or pan-seared albacore tuna.

Albacore tuna fillets are lighter in color and flakier than other larger varieties of tuna, such as Ahi or bluefin tuna. When cooked, albacore tuna steaks firm up and are a delicious and mild tasting fish. 

When it comes to sushi making, albacore tuna is a more affordable variety of tuna for sushi and sashimi. Because of its affordability, albacore tuna is growing in popularity worldwide as sushi-worthy seafood.  

Albacore tuna size:

Albacore white tuna typically grow to be about 47 inches long and weigh in at around 80 pounds. While not the largest species of tuna, Albacore white tuna is also not the smallest. The smallest species of tuna is skipjack tuna, which you find in many cans of light tuna. When compared to other varieties of tuna, albacore tuna is growing in popularity and more affordable. We see more albacore tuna sold as tuna steaks and loins than we have in the past as people are discovering the versatility in cooking this delicious fish. 

Ahi Tuna vs. Albacore Tuna:

Ahi tuna, also known as yellowfin tuna, is a larger variety of tuna which can reach weights of up to 400 pounds. The largest and most expensive type of tuna is bluefin tuna. A sushi chef in Japan once paid 3.1 million dollars for a single giant bluefin tuna. 

Ahi tuna steaks are a deep red color and are famous for their mild flavor, firm texture, and beautiful color. Unlike albacore tuna, ahi tuna is primarily used for sushi, sashimi, and even raw as tuna tar tar. 

 When cooked, ahi tuna is typically prepared to medium-rare so that you can still see its beautiful red color. Ahi tuna is slightly higher in fat and has a richer flavor than albacore tuna. 

Wild-caught albacore tuna is growing in popularity for its versatility when it comes to preparation. The best albacore tuna steaks are made using high-intensity heat methods such as pan-searing and grilling. Many people also love smoked albacore tuna

Albacore Tuna is often overlooked when compared to Ahi or Bluefin tuna for cooking and eating, but we want to share this fantastic fish with you.

Albacore Tuna Nutrition:

When compared to other varieties of tuna, albacore tuna is higher in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have various health benefits, including helping you promote heart health and can even help prevent some cancers. The omega-3s in albacore tuna are a significant reason for the growth in this fish's popularity in the last decade. As researchers continue to discover the health benefits of omega-3s, albacore tuna continues to become more popular as one of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Compared to other types of meat and fish, albacore tuna sits at the top as a source of protein. The amount of protein in albacore tuna is much higher when compared to poultry and even beef. A 3 oz serving of albacore tuna has 23 grams of protein. Albacore tuna has half the fat and calories of beef and chicken but very similar protein levels, which is a life-sustaining nutrient. In a 3oz serving, there are only 90 calories in albacore tuna. 

Is Albacore Tuna Healthy?

Yes! Albacore tuna is high in essential vitamins and minerals such as B12 and selenium. With its high protein and low-fat content, albacore is a great food item you should include in your diet. 

With the combination of its high protein content, nutritional value, and affordability, albacore tuna is often referred to as a pharmaceutical food by many nutritionists. The World Health Organization recommends that adults consume at least two to three servings of wild-caught seafood per week. Our wild-caught albacore tuna is a nutritional powerhouse that will taste great while boosting your nutrition! 

Benefits of Albacore Tuna:

Albacore tuna is readily available, easy to cook, and delicious too. If you're looking for a new protein source to add to your diet that is high in omega-3s and protein, but lower in fat, we highly recommend you order some of our frozen albacore tuna loins! 

Albacore tuna is:

  • high in protein
  • low in fat
  • high in omega-3s
  • high in B12
  • high in selenium
  • easy to cook and delicious too!  

Is Albacore Tuna Safe to Eat?

Albacore tuna is safe to eat. As a larger fish in the ocean, albacore tuna does have higher amounts of mercury than skipjack or light tuna, but albacore tuna is safe to eat.  

Albacore Tuna and Pregnancy:

Wild albacore tuna generally tests around 0.3 parts per million for total mercury levels. The FDA starts to issue cautionary warnings regarding mercury at around 1ppm of total mercury. If you plan on eating albacore tuna while pregnant, you may want to limit the amount of albacore you eat to once per week to be on the safe side. 

Albacore Tuna Price:

Sashimi-grade albacore tuna loins cost an average range of $17.50 to $24.00 per pound. When you order through Global Seafoods, we guarantee the highest quality and freshest flavor of our frozen albacore tuna loins. 

We ship our seafood frozen over dry ice that we can guarantee it will arrive at your door still frozen. With our online seafood market, you no longer have to go to the fish counter and worry about buying fresh seafood that leaves you wondering how new it is. Our fishers process and freeze our products quickly so that we can guarantee the quality and flavor of our seafood. 

How to Cook Albacore Tuna:

When it comes to cooking albacore tuna, one of our favorite ways to enjoy albacore is on the grill. Grilled albacore tuna has a firm texture and mild flavor that pairs well with many marinades and seasonings. You can even cut Albacore tuna fillets into smaller chunks for albacore tuna skewers, which are delicious as an appetizer or an entire. 

Another great way to cook albacore tuna is with a smoker. Smoked albacore tuna turns out slightly sweet and salty with excellent texture. Albacore tuna steaks are easy to prepare for the smoker with a simple brine of brown sugar and soy sauce. 

Albacore Tuna Recipes:

  • Albacore tuna kabobs
  • Lime and ginger marinated albacore tuna
  • Seared albacore tuna over salad greens
  • Albacore tuna sliders
  • Olive oil poached albacore tuna.
  • Oven-baked albacore tuna steaks. 

There are so many ways to create delicious and healthy meals using this versatile and tasty fish. 

We love albacore tuna steaks for making much more than tuna salad sandwiches. If you're looking for healthy and protein-packed seafood to feed your family, give our albacore tuna loin steaks a try. We promise you won't be disappointed. If you already love Ahi tuna, you will be amazed at how fantastic albacore tuna tastes. 

Our albacore tuna steaks ship directly quickly to you over dry ice, so you can be confident they will arrive to you still frozen. Place an order with Global Seafoods today and stock your freezer with delicious and healthy seafood for you and your family. 






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