Easy Japanese Recipes

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.

Albacore Tuna Bowl | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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 Sushi.com). 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.

Albacore Tuna Bowl | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.
Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Easy Dinner Ideas, Healthy Recipes, One Dish Meals, Quick & Easy, Rice & Donburi, Seafood, Sushi

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie January 8, 2014, 4:56 pm

    Hi Nami! Mouth is watering at the delicious recipe and video. I would love a bowl right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe and great giveaway.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 8, 2014, 5:03 pm

    This looks so refreshing and so delicious.

  • A_Boleyn January 8, 2014, 5:23 pm

    I love raw tuna though ahi is the only sushi quality one I can find locally.

  • John@Kitchen Riffs January 8, 2014, 6:52 pm

    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.

  • Minnie@thelady8home January 8, 2014, 7:27 pm

    delightful dish Nami, drooling just by looking at it!! Totally yumm.

  • PaulaW January 8, 2014, 7:27 pm

    thank you for introducing me to “Fish for Sushi”. Looking forward to receiving my order

    • Nami January 9, 2014, 9:55 pm

      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. :)

  • Belinda @zomppa January 8, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Mmm – so fresh and incredible! I want my own bowl!

  • Baby Sumo January 8, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I love eating rice with slices of sashimi on top. It’s so refreshing and healthy!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 8, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Albacore tuna is such a treat, these bowls look delicious!

  • Jeannie Tay January 8, 2014, 10:01 pm

    Hi Nami, I don’t think I have tasted this type of tuna before, they look delicious! You cook them so well and amazing it took so short a time to cook!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty January 8, 2014, 11:46 pm

    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.

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker January 9, 2014, 1:03 am

    I love Tuna, and especially when it is raw. The smooth, golden tint of the tuna is making my mouth water on top of that bed of fluffy rice. I am totality smitten with eating for any time of day.

  • Daniela January 9, 2014, 1:13 am

    Mmh, just looking at the ingredients makes my mouth water.
    This s Japanese kitchen at its best!

  • Lynna January 9, 2014, 1:14 am

    I didn`t realize it was so simple to make tuna bowls! D: My friend always order this when we eat at Japanese restaurants.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 9, 2014, 2:13 am

    What a great idea for a simple weeknight meal at home. Good to know that line caught albacore tuna is sustainable-there’s so much information out there that it can be overwhelming knowing what is ok and what isn’t.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 9, 2014, 2:39 am

    It sounds quite simple, I’ll try it tomorrow. I am still crossing my fingers for your resolutions :)

  • Kim | a little lunch January 9, 2014, 3:07 am

    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!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen January 9, 2014, 5:51 am

    I’m always amazed by your raw fish dishes… with a little you manage and do great things!

  • Kimmi January 9, 2014, 6:24 am

    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.

    • Nami January 9, 2014, 9:57 pm

      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!

  • Alyssa January 9, 2014, 7:44 am

    Nami, this looks delicious! I’m sure my whole family would love this dish! And your images are lovely, as usual :)

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  • wok with ray January 9, 2014, 9:26 am

    Your tuna bowl looks very refreshing. You always make it look so easy to prepare these delicious dishes that you always inspire cooks. Thank you Nami. :)

  • Rosa January 9, 2014, 10:37 am

    Refined and delicious!



  • Sissi January 9, 2014, 11:48 am

    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!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 9, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Oh this looks so light and delicious, not sure I ever tried Albacore like this. Must find some in Canada.

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

    I love tuna – but this tuna is a lot lighter in color than the tuna I get.
    Very informative video!

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee January 9, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I only had albacore tuna in a can but also love tuna sashimi, too. Your tuna bowl looks very appetizing.

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living January 9, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Nami – this is something I could eat almost every day – love how simply prepared it is with just fresh ingredients.

  • Raymund January 9, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I want a bowl of that right now, so simple yet delish

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness January 9, 2014, 4:46 pm

    If my husband knows that I will be making this for Monday dinner, he will be thrilled! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend, Nami!

  • Monica January 9, 2014, 4:48 pm

    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!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen January 9, 2014, 10:57 pm

    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!

  • Fran @ G'day Souffle' January 10, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Looks simple and delish- sashimi grade tuna in Australia costs a little over $20 per pound – a bit on the expensive side, but well worth buying it to make recipes like yours!

  • Charles January 10, 2014, 3:06 pm

    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!

  • Balvinder January 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Just mouthwatering delicious!

  • Mich Piece of Cake January 11, 2014, 1:23 am

    This looks so good!

  • Ramona January 11, 2014, 11:24 am

    Beautifully plated tuna bowl! I just bought some mirin… looking forward to trying it out. :)

  • Tiffany January 11, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Sending this to my sister! She would LOVE this bowl! :D

  • sonia January 11, 2014, 4:07 pm

    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 !!!

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  • Aimee January 13, 2014, 4:31 pm

    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.

    • Nami January 14, 2014, 10:16 am

      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 :)

  • mjskit January 13, 2014, 7:44 pm

    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. :)

  • Vicki Bensinger January 14, 2014, 7:39 am

    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!

  • Janice June 28, 2014, 10:44 pm

    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!

    • Nami June 29, 2014, 3:05 am

      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!!