I don't really like tuna. Wellll, clarification: a big hunk of seared albacore, pink in the middle, served atop spicy greens? Sign me up. But a can of metallic chunky stuff, with that fishy aroma that sticks like a bad batch of Jean Nate perfume? Gah. No. Never.
This has been my general approach to grocery shopping. Chicken? Check. Beef? Check. Tuna? Pass. Though my tots will, from time to time, be willing to choke down a tuna sammy, they're uncommon in our casa. Because fingers and garbage cans and kitchen counters that smell like fish are just a mongo no-no in my book.
So, imagine my surprise to discover: that fishy, aluminum smell and savor isn't a sign of tuna. It's just the sign of meh tuna. Stuff canned for unpicky consumers. Stuff stuck into a tin and set on store shelves without a second thought.
But it's not the sign of a proper, premium tuna.
Did you know this? Not all tuna tastes fishy. In fact, truly good tuna tastes downright light and tender. Savory and rich. And as far as I can tell, there's one brand that really knocks a proper canned tuna out of the...well...tuna can. Takes it and makes it downright delicious. Elevates it to an experience so close to om, you have to close your eyes and yummm.
Enrobed in a golden wrapper, Genova Tuna is, hands down, the best tasting tuna I've ever ever.
It's not yo' mama's tuna.
It's not yo' soggy sandwiches tuna.
It's not yo' i-just-don't-like-tuna tuna.
It's the stuff of pure delicious. Light, flaky, wild-caught. Wonderful. One taste and you'll never want to eat another brand.
When a pack of Genova Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna arrived on my doorstep last month, I was dubious. We had our feelings about tuna, darnit! We had opinions about tuna, dagnabit!
But anyway. We opened. We whiffed. We whisked and stirred and pulled together a batch of mini tuna sliders. Only, we don't call 'em such things around these parts. After tasting Genova, we durned when and called 'em Zen Burgers because. Seriously. Om Em Gee. Bliss. Serendipity. Enlightenment of the mouth and bellygut.
Want to see my legit real, actual reaction to first-time tasting these burghas? Check out the video above. My eldest son was videomaking and you can actually hear him snort-chuckle in the background when I can't stop eating and declaring this one a win win win.
I mean, who knew? WHO KNEW canned tuna could taste this amazing?
Join me in bringing awareness to tasty tuna by snagging a can or four of your own. Check here to see if Genova is carried in a store near you, or ship an order straight to you via Amazon. Then, give this recipe a try and post a pic #tastegenova
One bite, and you'll be a believer.
4 sliders | 20 minutes
- 1 (5 oz) can Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Press into four patties, fry in a nonstick skillet, cooking on medium-high on both sides, until patties are golden. Serve on slider buns with mayo, lettuce and sliced tomato.
This post was sponsored by Genova Seafood. I was paid for my creative work, recipe development, videography and photography. All opinions are mine.