The topic of sustainable fishery practices is rife with drama and some disagreement. And tuna is certainly one of those species that gets a lot of attention, for good reason. Just check out the many MNN posts about Bluefin tuna and why it needs to be protected to get an idea.

Thankfully, not all tuna is unsustainable to buy. Check out The Monterey’s Bay Aquarium’s guidelines on tuna for more information on what is safe to buy. 

A local store is having a great sale on sustainable tuna, and I am planning on buying a pound or two to try out some new recipes. Tuna is high in omega 3s and selenium. In fact, tuna is unusually high in selenium, which is excellent news. Just read this quote from WHfoods.com:

"While small amounts of antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and zinc are provided by tuna, it is unusually rich in one particular antioxidant mineral, namely, selenium. This antioxidant is not only concentrated in tuna but is also present in an unusual form called selenoneine. Selenoneine is especially helpful to the tuna as a nutrient for protecting their red blood cells from free radical damage. Interestingly, it is also able to bind together with mercury compounds in the fish's body (including methylmercury, or MeHg) and lower their risk of mercury-related problems. Because there are approximately 2-3 milligrams of selenoneine in a 4-ounce serving of tuna, we are likely to get some of this same antioxidant protection whenever we eat tuna. Equally interesting, tuna may turn out to be a fish that - even when contaminated with mercury—might pose less of a mercury risk to humans than might otherwise be expected due to the presence of selenium in this special form of selenoneine." 
Tuna is a special and delicious fish and we should cook it with care. So I thought I’d share some of the recipes I am inspired by. I am hoping to try one this weekend!
  • Sicilian Tuna is marinated in a savory dressing, and then cooked until pale pink in the middle, but still juicy
  • Did you know that you can make tuna into burgers? This would be an excellent use for scraps of fresh tuna.

Do you have a favorite recipe for fresh tuna? I'd love to hear about it! 

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