Tuna smoking

Discussion in 'Grilling Fish' started by halfsmoked, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    My neighbor is yellow fin tuna fishing today off OC MD and plans on bring home about 4 or 5 lb  piece

    . never smoked fish need help should I steak it out or cook it hold. How about internal temp?
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh man I'm jealous!! Fresh tuna is one of my all time favorites.
    I'd probably cut it at least in half lengthwise. A lot of times they will kinda just cut across the fish, so the hunk you end up with will contain both loin and belly. If this is the case, it's a good idea to separate the two parts as there is a blood line running between the two that doesn't taste very good. It's easy to spot. It'll be much darker than the rest. Just carve that part away.
    Anyway, like I said I'd cut it into fairly large rectangles. Steaks are good, but really easy to overcook. I'd probably smoke at a low temp, say 200° just to get some smoke on it. I wouldn't want the internal temp to get over 110°. Then I'd sear it in a hot skillet or over very hot coals to an internal temp of 130°. Tuna is really best at medium rare. It doesn't need a brine or really any seasoning other than salt and pepper. The most I'd do is a short marinade in Italian dressing.
    Once it's cooked, slice thin and enjoy!
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When you get the tuna filleted you will have 4 loins. You can smoke those whole or steak the loins and smoke the pieces. If meant to be served hot as n for dinner I usually do the whole loin. If to be more like say smoked salmon I like to steak the loins. FYI smoked tuna belly is the best see if you can get those too. The bellies you smoke like salmon. Internal temp varies depending on how you like your tuna and weather it is to be eaten right away or later. 145 is the minimum for if you want to eat it later.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. Man that sounds Great

  6. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Hey Mdboatbum


    like I will be smoking tuna my neighbor and gang caught 6 yellow fin 2 mai-mai and the first for any boat in OC this year a 661/2 lb wahoo.

    Hope I don't mess it up.
  7. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    You could also cut it into sashimi style blocks and do the sugar/salt brine and cold smoke for three hours or so. There are also good marinated in a teriyaki style brine and cold smoked as well.

    As mentioned above grab all of the bellies because they are great smoked as well!

    I don't care for smoked mahi; the ono (wahoo) is great smoked though...

    Here's a pic of a 240 lb big eye we got a couple of days ago...

  8. Man That's a nice looking Tuna.    Question  --------  Is Smoking Tuna legal in all states or just Colorado ???

  9. theleearnold

    theleearnold Newbie

    I'm new here, so how long do you smoke it at 200* for?

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