Yellowfin tuna are recognisable by their strong, streamlined bodies, with their characteristic yellow dorsal and anal fins. Coveted by fishermen for their large size and weights, an adult yellowfin can reach lengths in excess of two metres, and grow to weights over 180 kilograms. Its meat is firm, lean, and incredibly flavorful, making it a wonderful centerpiece of a meal.
You may also see yellowfin referred to as ahi in some recipes— this is the Hawaiian name for both bigeye and yellowfin tuna varieties. It is less fatty than Bluefin tuna varieties, and often paler in colour. When selecting yellowfin tuna, flesh should be red to dark pink in colour, and feel firm to the touch. These things indicate its high grade and freshness.
How to Prepare for Cooking
When storing your yellowfin meat, be sure to not expo se it directly to ice or water, as this will discolour the meat and impact its freshness. Yellowfin benefits strongly from minimal handling and cooking, as a naturally high-flavoured fresh fish. For this reason, it is frequently served raw and thinly sliced, as sashimi. When cooking with yellowfin, this rule of minimal handling holds true: the full taste and texture of the meat is best preserved when lightly seared on either side and served immediately. Remember to use a very hot pan, as the low oil content of the fish may cause the meat to become dry when cooked through. Its minimal cooking needs make it an excellent and impressive quick meal for when guests come over.
Tuna, as a subspecies of fish, is hailed as one of the world’s most nutritious foods. As tuna is able to be served in a raw, fresh and natural state, it appears without the addition of extra harmful fats and sugars. The meat itself is low in saturated fats, but high omega-3 fatty acids, as well as rich with essential vitamins such as niacin and selenium. Omega-3 fatty acids have been widely hailed as able to actively lower chances of heart disease as a part of a healthy diet. Adding to this health profile is the tuna’s high protein content—just one 17 gram serving of this fish contains half of an adult’s daily protein needs—providing the nutrients you need to stay satiated for longer. Served simply with a side of greens, yellowfin makes for an easy and healthful meal.