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White Tuna Sashimi

cfusion Apr 20, 2010 08:55 AM

Anybody tried the white tuna sashimi? It's the first time I've tried in a sushi bar here in N. Va. I had my regular sushi order at the bar when the chef offered be a complimentary white tuna sashimi. I thought is was hamachi but it was not. It's flesh is white and very oily (buttery) fish.

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    bmore_flavor Apr 20, 2010 10:15 AM

    Yes, I get it a lot.
    Also known as "Escarole", "White Tuna" sashimi is a white, very oily fish. The flesh is buttery in consistency, much like the prized Toro. A serving of 3 thinly sliced pieces of sashimi should weigh approximately 3 oz. It is high in fat but also high in protein.

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    1. re: bmore_flavor
      PollyG Apr 20, 2010 10:37 AM

      Just be careful about overdoing the escolar. You might not like the results. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keriorrhea That being said, I do like the texture and it is available at a lot of the sushi bars in our area.

      1. re: PollyG
        hye Apr 21, 2010 04:06 PM

        IMO, it's extremely misleading to classify it as "white tuna" as that typically calls to mind albacore tuna, which has a whiter color than the other tunas (and is an actual tuna, unlike escolar.

        I'd be wary of any place that sells Escolar as "white tuna", especially if they don't warn you about the possible effects.

        1. re: hye
          Pablo Escolar Mar 10, 2011 07:17 PM

          White Tuna is definitely tricky. It is generally (as readers have noted), escolar or albacore tuna. Escolar is buttery, and really white (it can also be referred to as Super White Tuna). Albacore tuna usually looks like a paler tuna. I wrote about dangers of escolar here:


          and how to figure out which of the two you are getting at a sushi bar here (has pics):


          1. re: Pablo Escolar
            la2tokyo Mar 10, 2011 08:38 PM

            If people want to eat Escolar that's their own business, but I still can't believe that it is legal to sell Escolar as "white tuna." If you can change the name of any fish just to sell more product, why don't we let businesses call everything tuna so they can get a better price for it?

      2. re: bmore_flavor
        ace29jd May 12, 2012 02:49 PM

        It's called Escolar or White Tuna it is absolutely buttery delicious. You can order from Catalina Offshore online. It's not a bad price 2.2lbs for $31.99 plus shipping.

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        cfoodie Apr 20, 2010 08:18 PM

        It tastes good. But I'd probably just have one piece as your body doesn't absorb that oil.

        1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 10, 2011 10:51 PM

          Had escolar listed as white tuna last night, recently defrosted by sushi restaurant, so texture was very 'wet' and not pleasing. Thanks for health alert, was not aware of issue before this thread. In Japan ate a lot of albacore at Tsukiji and was always listed as albacore, last night was in Florida.

          1. K K Mar 11, 2011 10:22 AM

            Albacore = binaga, bincho (sometimes referring to the belly part), bincho maguro, and used to be "seared white tuna".

            Escolar = snake mackeral. Sometimes marketed or re-branded as "butterfish", walu, ono (whether really from Hawaii or not), and the gimmicky "super white tuna" as already mentioned. Easily found (and fairly cheap to buy in bulk) at Korean and Chinese run Japanese restaurants and Asian buffets. There are some Japanese run Japanese restaurants in the USA that may offer this for whatever reason.

            Bottom line, I prefer no anal leakage of mineral oils.

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              GH1618 May 12, 2012 03:00 PM

              I've never heard of escolar before. Shiro maguro is Albacore and it is commonly available on the West Coast.

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              1. re: GH1618
                ace29jd May 12, 2012 04:42 PM

                Well now you have lol. Escolar is the same as shiro maguro. http://www.catalinaop.com/SearchResul...

                1. re: ace29jd
                  GH1618 May 12, 2012 08:30 PM

                  "Shiro Maguro" literally means "white tuna." While your link shows escolar sold as white tuna, it does not prove that all white tuna is actually escolar. Escolar is not tuna at all. Where I usually go, shiro maguro is albacore, but I will ask from now on at new places.

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                GH1618 May 12, 2012 08:49 PM

                From the looks of it in pictures available online, escolar seems easily distinguished from albacore:


                Albacore does not have that "super white" appearance.

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                  GH1618 May 13, 2012 08:44 AM

                  Here's a picture of albacore for comparison:


                  Note that this source states that escolar is an East Coast thing.

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                  1. re: GH1618
                    ace29jd May 13, 2012 10:48 AM

                    Okay but the "white" white tuna is the more buttery tasting than the albacore or the pinkish tuna.

                    1. re: ace29jd
                      GH1618 May 13, 2012 11:05 AM

                      Perhaps. I haven't tried it. But it's not surprising that the taste would much different, because escolar is not a tuna (although it resembles a tuna). Albacore, Bluefin, and Yellowfin are all members of the genus Thunnus. Escolar isn't even in the same family. I think it is misrepresentation to call it tuna.

                      1. re: GH1618
                        Pablo Escolar May 13, 2012 12:31 PM

                        I wrote a blog post ahwile ago with some pictures directly comparing albacore and escolar, or what I like to call White Tuna Sushi confusion. Hope this helps:


                        1. re: Pablo Escolar
                          GH1618 May 13, 2012 01:09 PM

                          Helps with what?

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