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Pricepoints: Preserved Tuna

TUNA is a classic Mediterranean fish that has been caught since ancient times.

Tinned tuna never tastes as good as fresh but it is a very useful staple.

Olive oil seems to provide the tastiest method of preserving tuna but the quality of the fish is the most important factor, as the results below indicate.

Typically, tuna in oil has 40-50 calories more than tuna in brine or spring water. All weights below are the drained weights.

ORTIZ TUNA IN OLIVE OIL, €1.99-€3.49 PER 82G (SHERIDANS, GET FRESH, GOOD DELIS)

Famous Spanish brand in its distinctive yellow box. Very light in colour, flaky texture, complex but subtle taste of very fresh tuna. The best by a long margin, Ortiz is expensive and varies widely in price between delis but it is worth it. 9/10

CALLIPO TUNA IN OLIVE OIL, €3.09 PER 104G (SUPERQUINN)

Italian brand packed in two jars. Very light colour, soft light tuna flavour with good quality flakes. Rather salty but still very good. 7.5/10

TESCO TUNA STEAKS IN SUNFLOWER OIL, €1.05 PER 149G

Darker in colour but good flavour. Light and flaky with good tuna taste. The best of those packed in sunflower oil and good value. 7/10

SUPERQUINN TUNA CHUNKS IN BRINE, €1.19 PER 140G

Good light colour, with reasonable texture. Salty due to the brine but the best of the tuna chunks and the best in brine. 6.5/10

SUNNY SOUTH TUNA STEAK IN SPRING WATER, €1.49 PER 140G

Light colour, not too salty. Good flaking, clean, subtle tuna flavours but very light. Not bad. 6/10

JOHN WEST TUNA STEAK IN SUNFLOWER OIL, €1.59 PER 140G

Low-salt taste, good quality texture and appearance but rather bland. Lacking in tuna-icity! 6/10

LIDL NIXE TUNA STEAK IN BRINE, €0.79 PER 150G

Light colour, salty due to the brine but good flavour. Light taste of good-quality fish. 5.5/10

DUNNES STORES TUNA CHUNKS IN SUNFLOWER OIL, €0.99 PER 130G

Light in colour, mushy texture but okay flavour. 5/10

ALDI–OCEANRISE TUNA STEAKS IN SUNFLOWER OIL, €0.79 PER 150G

Dark in colour, salty flavour, sharp acidic taste. 4.5/10


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