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• Melt-in-your-mouth Oily Texture – Perfect Grilled or Served as Sashimi
• Also known as Butterfish
Escolar, also known as ‘Super White Tuna’ or Butterfish, is a rich tasting, buttery fish. Slightly meatier than ahi tuna with a melt-in-your-mouth oily texture, it’s the perfect complement to your homemade sushi dinner.
Escolar is commonly misrepresented in restaurants and fish markets. Several other breeds masquerade as Super White Tuna, including albacore tuna, Atlantic cods, oil fish, grouper, and sea bass. Restaurants and markets often misrepresent this particular species, so order Sushi Nut Escolar for guaranteed product authenticity. You will know exactly what you are receiving, and can depend on a high quality product.
Native to deep tropical and temperate waters, strong swimming Escolar are found in every ocean on the globe. Reaching 2 meters in length at maturity, Escolar has dark brown skin, becoming black with age. The nickname “Super White Tuna” originated due to its flesh being snow white instead of red, like its relative yellowfin tuna.
Escolar is similar in taste and texture to maguro, (even the expensive fatty cuts) yet higher in fat. Oil content ranges from 14% to 25%, and a 100 gram (3.5 oz) sashimi portion has 14 grams of fat, 187 calories, and 18 grams of protein. Its fat content contributes to the mellow, meaty flavor, and also makes grilled escolar tender and appetizing.
Chef Emeril Lagasse serves Super White Tuna often and has helped popularize Escolar dishes. His recommended preparation is to thickly cut fillets, marinate in a spicy sauce overnight, and cook on a grill or hot iron skillet until juicy in the center. Be especially careful not to overcook, as texture becomes dry and tasteless with excessive heat. It is recommended to consume less than 4 ounces at a sitting, to avoid discomfort in consuming large amounts of escolar’s fatty oils. .
Our sashimi grade fillets of Escolar are flash frozen to ensure freshness. For best flavor, use your Super White Tuna within 30 days of receipt. Combine Escolar with our sushi making kit for a complete sushi meal!