Albacore Tuna Bowl びんちょう鮪の漬け丼

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Did you know troll- or pole- caught pacific albacore tuna (びんちょうマグロ) is considered sustainable and environmentally friendly (read more)? And it is really delicious too! There is a misconception about albacore tuna’s quality because it is used in canned tuna. However, albacore tuna is actually really delicious with a mild flavor and soft texture when served as sashimi or sushi.

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Albacore Tuna Bowl (びんちょう鮪の漬け丼) is very easy to prepare. I use MSC Certified sashimi grade albacore tuna that’s vacuum sealed for this dish (available on my online sashimi store Fish for Simply defrost in refrigerator for about 5-6 hours and it’s ready to enjoy.

This dish is flavored with with soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sesame oil – the usual condiments for most of Japanese meals. The meal is simple, yet perfect for a family especially when you’re busy all day long and need to feed the hungry family in short time.

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Here’s the video on How To Make Albacore Tuna Bowl on my YouTube Channel! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Albacore Tuna Bowl
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Serves: 2
  1. To make sauce, combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and transfer the sauce into a small bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl.
  2. Cut the scallion into fine slices, roll up the shiso leaves together and slice thinly, and grate the ginger.
  3. Slice the albacore tuna into about ½” thick slices and marinate in the sauce for 10 minutes.
  4. To serve, put steamed rice in bowls, sprinkle shredded nori and sesame seeds, and place sliced albacore tuna. Garnish with scallion, shiso leaves, ginger, and wasabi.
It's always nice to have frozen rice which you can defrost in microwave for a few minutes. To learn how to freeze rice, click here.

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  1. Albacore has great flavor! Properly canned (in olive oil), it’s wonderful. And of course it’s even better when fresh or frozen (frozen is probably better than fresh, because it’s usually frozen at sea). Great dish – really looks terrific, and I’ll bet it tastes even better. Thanks.

    • Thank you Paula! It’s my pleasure! I really think the quality of sashimi from my store is amazing – the best one I’ve tried in the U.S and I’m very proud of the quality. :)

  2. Nami, hope you are doing well.
    I was introduced to albacore very recently by a friend and we enjoyed how it tasted. This bowl sounds and looks really good.
    Your videos and recipes are so simple and well done.

  3. Nami, I love rice, too, and could be happy eating “rice and something” (beans, fish, vegetables) for the rest of my life. Marinades and garnishes make every meal unique and your quick-fix rice bowl sounds delicious!

  4. Kimmi

    I was wondering how you got that beautiful color on the tuna, and read on to find about the magical marinade! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us; such a quick and easy meal for busy days.

    • Hi Kimmi! It’s albacore tuna, so the original color of the sashimi is very light, like pink. Hehee I like the word “magical marinade”. With a bit of sesame oil, it’s really wonderful sauce. Thank you for your kind comment! Have a great weekend!

  5. I don’t think I have ever had raw albacore tuna (the only place where I might have had it is Japan… but I always tried to ask what fish I was eating). Actually I have never had it cooked either, only canned… It looks delicious seasoned this way. I sometimes see it in my fish shop. I must look out for it!

  6. Boy, does that look delicious! Thank you for breaking it down for us. I never knew we could make so many of these Japanese dishes in such a relatively easy way at home. I’m always learning something here!

  7. Gosh I got so hungry reading this post and staring at your delicious photos. This looks so easy to do. We order these in restaurants a lot and I’m glad you shared how to make it. Now I can do it for my family. Thanks for the warm wishes when you visited my blog. Have a great weekend, Nami!

  8. I had to laugh at the term “troll-caught”… I’ve never heard this expression in my life before. Makes me think of a big mountain troll coming down and splashing around in the sea and picking up big tuna! It looks delicious though… so shiny and fresh looking!

  9. Hi Nami, This is a terrific post ! Loved ur tuna bowl and the bowl itself is making the dish more appetising. It’s wonderful to see your each and every post. Hope to see more of your creative endeavors soon! Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  10. 健康的美味しいレシピどうもありがとう。私しかご飯食べませんのでいつもレンジで暖めています。

  11. Aimee

    Hi Nami!
    I have been reading your blog for a few months now and have made several of your dishes–they are always amazing! I just made this one tonight, and we LOVED it! Unfortunately our local market did not have shiso leaf or albacore tuna, but it was still fantastic! We love Japanese culture and food, and I am so thankful that you have shared your knowledge so that I can bring these dishes to my own table.

    • Hi Aimee! I’m so happy you liked this recipe! Yay!! I know shiso can be quite hard to get depending on where you live… I used to live far from Japanese supermarkets and missed it in my cooking. I’m glad to hear you enjoy my blog, and thank you so much for following! xo :)

  12. Can I come eat at your house? :) I love all of your sushi and sashimi meals! You are definitely the queen of sushi my dear! Great information on Albacore tuna and I love what you’ve done with it. I would definitely NOT leave out the wasabi. :)

  13. Nami this is a fabulous dish. My husband and son would go nuts over this and it’s really so simple to prepare. I love your videos, they’re perfect! I wish mine were so good. Happy New Year!

  14. Janice

    Made this tonight using the albacore tuna from your online sashimi store and it was so delicious! It showcased the high quality fish perfectly :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Janice! So happy to hear your feedback, and thank you so much for writing! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this dish. Hope you enjoyed other orders. Thank you!!