Many times, when you go out fishing, you hope to catch a particular type of fish, be it bass, crappie, tilapia, mackerel, etc. As you cast your line, and swing the line towards you once you feel a bite on the hook, you may find that what your catch isn’t what you had anticipated.
The next question to ask yourself is, is this fish edible? If you happen to catch some blackfin tuna, here is a tutorial on How To Cook Blackfin Tuna, to get to enjoy its savory taste. They have some of the highest levels of mercury in the fish family.
Therefore, it is recommended that you eat only little amounts of it. It also isn’t advisable to give to kids or pregnant women. Most people like it prepared medium rare to rare, do not overcook it. If it’s your first time, make it simple as you progress to how you like it.
Before you start cooking, you need to know how to clean and bleed blackfin tuna. The following steps will help you with how to go about it, that is if your tuna is straight from the water and not canned.
How To Clean Blackfin Tuna
To produce tuna steaks of excellent quality, that are boneless and skinless, you can use the following steps to clean any tuna. They include:
Remove the tuna from your hook and wash its outer body thoroughly. Lay it on a flat surface.
Cut the side of the tuna along its midsection, to the tail, at a depth of 1”. Ensure that you are flaying close to its dorsal fin, i.e. about 2” from it, and down the tuna’s back. Then, lift its loin section, and cut it free.
Repeat the same process to the flank of the fish, i.e. what you did to the loin section. Lay out a section of the meat of the tuna and cut into the skin in a parallel fashion to the flat surface.
Trim the dark red meat from the loins of the tuna and steak the meat, then wash the steak or loins.
As you clean fish, remember to cut the gills at their base. It will separate the tuna’s bloodline. Doing this while the tuna is alive, the heart will pump out the blood. Remember, not to get into too much meat as you cut the tuna.
Cooking Blackfin Tuna
Now that you have been able to clean your blackfin tuna that you have bought fresh from the fish market or that you have just caught, it is time to make a meal out of it. There are several ways to cook tuna or prepare it by searing and grilling.
So far, these are the methods that top the charts on the best ways to prepare blackfin tuna.
- Fresh parsley and oregano.
- A clove of garlic.
- One medium Bowl and a saucepan(optional).
- ¼ cup of orange juice.
- ¼ cup of soy sauce.
- Two tablespoons of olive oil.
- One tablespoon of lemon juice.
- ½ tablespoon of ground black pepper.
Chop fresh parsley into fine pieces, to make for about two tablespoons. Do the same for fresh oregano. Dice the clove of garlic.
Using a medium bowl, add a ¼ cup of orange juice. Add another ¼ cup of soy sauce to the bowl. To the mixture, add two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice. You can add ½ of a tablespoon of ground black pepper to the mixture for seasoning.
Then add, the finely chopped pieces of parsley, oregano, and garlic to the above mixture and stir to mix. Place four pieces of tuna steak, of 4 ounces each, into the mixture above. Wait for a few minutes for the marinade to sit and turn the pieces for each side to be covered with the marinade.
Cover the dish and refrigerate the contents for about 30 minutes. Pre-heat your grill on high heat. Oil the grate of your grill lightly. After the 30 minutes are over, take your steaks out and place them on the grill for 5 to 6 minutes.
Turn the steaks and paste them with the marinade that you made. Cook the steaks for another 5 minutes or until they are to your liking. You could then pour the remaining marinade into a saucepan and let it simmer into a thick, creamy form.
You can pour it into the grilled tuna. Otherwise, you could pour out the extra marinade that remains.
2. Pan Searing
- Soy sauce.
- Lime juice.
- Sesame oil.
You can use the same marinade for grilling for pan searing of tuna. Add soy sauce, lime juice and a little squirt of sesame oil to the steak. Coat the steak with black sesame seeds and pan sear.
Ensure that you do not overcook it. Keep it raw in the center. Once done, the steak will melt in your mouth, for sure. The searing helps to lock in the salt and pepper or any of your other rubs and sauces, into the crust of the tuna steaks.
When ready, serve with soy sauce and your favorite salad dressing. You can sear the steak longer to get it to be medium done if you don’t like the rawness. You can use your sauces and seasonings for the taste that you like or prefer.
Remember to get your blackfin tuna while it is still fresh. Tuna that isn’t fresh isn’t a good eat, and you will probably not want to eat it again, not because the tuna does not have a good taste but because you didn’t get it fresh.
This tutorial is part of a larger series of tutorial on how you can fish and prepare your catch to make a wholesome meal for your family and friends. It is just a way to extend the fun and excitement of the outdoors and bring it indoors.
The cooking steps and methods apply to both the canned tuna and one that is straight from the water.
Learn how to cook blackfin tuna. The above tutorial will help you make a great eat out of blackfin tuna. You can use the above marinade in the above recipes or use your own. Well, it all depends on how you like your tuna.
If you have never tasted one before, then it is recommended that you start simple. That is preparing it using the simple methods, pan searing or grilling as you progress to determine how you like it best. For cooking tuna, always ensure that you do not overcook your steak.
Blackfin tuna is best-prepared medium rare to rare to get the tuna’s savory and delicious taste. It all a matter of preference. Get out of your comfort zone and prepare blackfin tuna to have a go at what it tastes like; you will love it.