Fresh Albacore Tuna Flavor Profile

Albacore Tuna Flavor Scale

Fresh Albacore has a mild to medium flavor profile with firm flesh and large flakes. Like other tunas, it has a “steak-like” texture, but less firm than Yellowfin or Bigeye Tuna. It does however have a higher fat content which gives it a richness of taste. Albacore Tuna is also called Tombo Tuna. It is a delicious fish which lends itself best to grilling or searing cooking applications.

Alternate Names

Tombo (Hawaiian), Longfin Tuna

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi


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Albacore Tuna are known as the “white meat” tuna due to their lighter flesh coloration. Their skin is blue & silver like other tunas. Average commercial size is 10-30 Lbs, but they range in size from 5-100 Lbs. If Tuna are not kept properly chilled from harvest to your receiving dock they can develop histamine which can result in scromboid poisoning.

Storage & Handling Recommendations

Store fresh loins/steaks as close to 33° as possible to maintain highest quality and shelf life. Although ice can be used, the flesh should be tightly wrapped in plastic and placed in perforated pans. The flesh should never come in direct contact with ice or water as this will discolor the meat, leech the oil content, and decrease shelf-life. Tightly wrapping in plastic will also slow the natural oxidation of the meat color which fades from a bright color to a darker, more opaque color.

Typical Wholesale Products

Loins-Skin/On Bloodline-In (7-12 lb Avg.)
Loins-Skin/Off Bloodline-Out (3-5 lb and 5-12 lb Avg.)

Fresh Albacore Tuna Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Frozen available all year long.

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Albacore Tuna Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

Item To Skin/On Untrim Loins To Skin/Off Trim Loins Notes
Whole Head/On gutted 39%
Whole Head/Off gutted 60% – 65% 53%
Skin/On Untrim Loins 85% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
For detailed butchering yield % and recovery see Albacore Yield Percentage
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


Range & Habitat

Albacore Tuna range the oceans world wide except around Central America and arctic waters.

Albacore Tuna Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
Albacore Tuna,Thunnus alalunga
Longfin Tuna, Tombo, Shiro Maguro, Canned White Tuna Wild – Pole & Line, Troll US & Canadian Pacific Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Moderate
South Pacific n/a Green-icon_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Elevated
South Atlantic Yellow-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Elevated
US Atlantic Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Moderate
New Zealand n/a Green-icon_20.png n/a n/a
Wild – Longline Hawaii Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Wild – Longline Worldwide (see above for Hawaii) Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Elevated
Wild – Purse Seine Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Elevated
Wild – All methods North Atlantic Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Moderate
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.
Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended Updated
August 2013

Mercury Levels Special Note: The EDF rates canned white albacore tuna as “Elevated” regardless of region of origin.


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat 261
* Protein grams 51
* Fat grams 3.1
* Saturated fat grams 0
* Sodium milligrams 81
* Cholesterol milligrams 99
* Omega-3 grams na


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