Skipjack tuna is stacked on top of lime infused rice, cucumber, and Mandarin oranges, then it’s all drizzled with a delicious pomegranate reduction. Delicious as an appetizer, lunch, or light dinner.
Disclosure: As part of my effort to prepare and eat healthier meals, I was provided with free product and compensation to write this post as part of a social shopper insights study for the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and their client. All opinions and thoughts herein are my own.
I’ve eaten a lot of tuna fish in my years, but until recently, I honestly didn’t care much about what species of tuna was in the can, much less how it was caught from the water. Then I began reading ingredient labels and nutritional information. Not just for tuna, but for many of the foods I eat. YIKES! Chemicals, hormones, genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, and fillers that have no place being in my body! I can’t even imagine how much more dangerous they are for children. Disgusting sums it up quite nicely for me.
That being said, there are products sold from the shelves of every grocery store that contain real food without unnecessary chemicals or preservatives. They’re affordable, easy to find, and SO much more delicious… I think it’s worth the few extra minutes per shopping trip to spend reading product labels before I spend hard earned money to buy them.
The first side-by-side “experiment” I tried was tasting the difference between yogurt that had high fructose corn syrup in it against a brand that has no additives. The taste difference alone was phenomenal, but even things like the consistency were better. I feel so much better knowing that I’m not putting junk into my body and I feel healthier overall, too.
I don’t consider myself a whole food purist or anything quite yet, though. There are some foods that I know are filled with unhealthy ingredients and additives, but I’m willing to indulge in them anyway because I haven’t seen any “clean” versions of them out on the market yet. I was really happy to learn that Ocean Naturals uses a similar passion when it comes to their skipjack tuna. They want their products to taste good, be good for us, and be good for the planet. After researching the product on their website, reading the label, and taking a taste of the skipjack tuna straight from the can, I was happy to see that it’s not just words on a page…it’s true!
FOOD FACTS: Skipjack Tuna
- Skipjack is a type of tuna that’s sometimes referred to as Oceanic Tuna or Bonito Tuna It’s found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
- Typically sold in weights of 5 to 8 pounds, a Skipjack can grow to over 70 pounds.
- Available fresh, frozen, canned or dried, this type of Tuna is commonly used for various Asian recipes in both fresh and dried forms.
Here’s information I found over on the Ocean Naturals website:
- Ocean Naturals skipjack tuna is harvested in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, where the largest skipjack resources in the world are found.
- These fish are managed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), and in many areas, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), which institute conservation measures to help prevent overfishing from occurring.
- Ocean Naturals skipjack is caught by purse seine vessels fishing on free-schools. In other words, without the aid of fish aggregating devices, or FADs.
Oh, speaking of the Ocean Naturals website, check this out; If you GO HERE and enter the UPC code from your package of tuna, it will give you specific information about the tuna that’s being used in that very can of tuna. Cool, huh?!
This skipjack tuna stack isn’t elegant or technically prepared, but let me tell ya… it’s loaded with awesome flavors! I added lime juice to the water that I used to steamed the rice in, which adds a nice mild flavor and lots of great aroma to it. If you’re going to prepare your rice by boiling it, just substitute 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice for 1/4 of water. If you feel like it needs more flavor afterward, you can always squeeze some extra lime over the top of the dish.
While I’m all about a warm, gooey tuna melt or tuna bacon patties on a cold winter’s day, I’m still trying to meet my #FitBy50 goal so I decided to make a tuna dish that’s equally as delicious as it’s fat and carb-loaded counterparts, but it happens to be light in fat and calories…bravo for me…AND for you if you decide to make it 🙂
Skipjack Tuna Stack
- 1 can Ocean Naturals Skipjack tuna drained and lightly flaked
- 1 cup uncooked rice (I used Arborrio to help produce more sticky starch)
- juice from 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 medium cucumber thinly sliced (peeled or unpeeled, per your preference)
- 1/2 cup mandarin oranges diced
- 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) pomegranate juice
- 1 scallion thinly sliced (just the top greens)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Steam or otherwise cook rice according to package directions for your preference, substituting lime juice for 1/4 cup of cooking liquid; set aside.
For Pomegranate Reduction
- Bring pomegranate juice to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until juice has reduced by half or coats the back of a spoon. Don't reduce too much or it will have a sticky, syrupy consistency.
- Place a 2-inch biscuit cutter onto a plate or serving platter. Use a spoon to add cooked rice inside of the cutter, then use your fingers or the back of a small spoon to gently pack the rice inside.
- Lift the cutter slightly and push the rice from the top of the cutter down onto the plate. Stack cucumber, oranges, and large pieces of tuna onto the top of rice stack, then drizzle pomegranate reduction over the top. Garnish with sliced scallions, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!
If you’re interested in seeing more great tuna recipes, check out the Ocean Naturals Facebook page