The food world is divided on tuna. Advocates of sustainable seafood say bluefin and bigeye tuna are so overfished, they should be avoided, but albacore tuna — which is generally the kind sold canned — is fine. For a long time, animal rights activists called for avoiding yellowfin tuna, until the chunk light cans it was sold in offered solace with a "dolphin-free" labeling.
Then, there’s the mercury issue, which health experts say isn’t a problem unless you are pregnant or eating tuna (or other mercury-filled fish) constantly. While it’s difficult to wade through all those health and environmental concerns, the fact remains that tuna is one of the most versatile and palate-friendly fish on the market. Sold fresh or in a can, eaten raw or grilled, tuna is simple to prepare and pairs well with the flavors of many different types of cuisines, from Italian to Japanese to Mexican.
Here are some of our favorite tuna recipes:
Created by Singaporean chef Jusman So of the restaurant Dava at Bali's Ayana Resort, this elegant carpaccio with nori-braised daikon, wasabi emulsion, and yuzu-marinated daikon requires multiple steps but is simple overall.
Fresh tuna adds a savory note to this sweet fruit salad, which gets an Asian twist from a sesame peanut vinaigrette.
This composed salad is perfect to serve when entertaining guests at lunch. Serve family-style along with a loaf of fresh crusty bread and sweet butter.
You can serve this quick and tasty tuna recipe on a bed of lettuce and eat it with crispy whole-wheat crackers. If you want it a touch creamier, try adding a small spoonful of nonfat sour cream.