VARIETIES | TUNA
If you love sushi then you’ll understand the appeal of tuna.
If you love sushi then you’ll understand the appeal of tuna. This is a versatile and flavoursome fish that is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and can be prepared in so many ways from simple tuna patties through to grilled steaks and even sashimi. Some supermarkets are now offering sashimi quality fish, or pick some up from your local fish monger. Australia produces some of the world’s best tuna, so look for a local brand.
Don Hancey’s Cooking Tip
Two of my favourite dishes ever have Australian tuna as the hero ingredient. Salad nicoise includes seared medium raw sliced tuna mixed with a free range boiled egg, blanched crispy baby beans, kipfler or steamed potatoes, cherry or small roma tomatoes, and tossed with an anchovy, olive oil and lemon thyme dressing. A great starter to a lunch or dinner is tuna tartare. This is served chilled on small pieces of toasted baguette or a crisp cracker.
The Albany Boatshed Market operates ‘Out There Fishin’, a stall run by Gavin Jackman who is a fourth-generation commercial fisher. Gavin has grown up with his great grandfather, grandfather and father who were all tuna and estuarine fishermen. His stall supplies a range of fish including tasty tuna from Western Australian waters caught fresh by Gavin. If you’re into recreational fishing the best spots are near offshore islands, coral reef systems and continental shelf waters of the North Coast Bioregion of the state.
The Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery concentrates their fishing on the south-west coast of Western Australia. Key species fished are the bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna.