Ask for a block of tuna to slice it at home. Pull a dampened sharp knife backwards, run through the meat and bring the knife forward. Slice the fish into one finger-thick slices. For sushi newbies, start with akami (the top lean loin of the tuna) as it is the most clean-tasting cut and does not have strong flavours.
How do you prepare raw tuna?
It’s best eaten seared where it’s still technically raw in the middle, or at least very rare. So, if you decide to cook it, you shouldn’t cook it through. Cook it in a frying pan for just a while, then sear it. If it’s cooked all the way or overcooked, it will lose its flavor.
How do you buy tuna for sushi?
As the fish is eaten raw, it absolutely must be sushi grade and utterly fresh. The best tuna for sushi should have been caught very recently from cold fishing waters and wear a uniquely cobalt blackish-blue skin.
What part of the tuna is used for sushi?
Akami is the most common and frequently-used part of the tuna. This part is meaty and red, found most often atop rice in sashimi or in a sushi roll. It is the leaner meat from the sides of the fish. Because this is the main part of a tuna, it is much more readily available than chutoro or otoro.
How do you cut a whole frozen tuna?
The best way to cut frozen fish is with a knife or implement that has a serrated edge. Butchers are known to use a heavy-duty band saw, but a hand-held crosscut or pruning saw works as well. An electric carving knife is also a good option.