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Yellowfin Vs. Bigeye Ahi Tuna:
What's The Difference?
By WENDY LEIGH
Yellowfin and bigeye tuna, aptly named for their respective prominent features, are basically two different types of the larger ahi species. It's tempting to toss the two ahi tunas into the same category, but true fish aficionados notice subtle differences that affect appearance, flavor, texture, and preparation.
In appearance, yellowfin tunas can weigh from 3 pounds to well over 200 pounds, and carry dashes of bright yellow coloring in their fins. In contrast, bigeyes are plump, often over 200 pounds, with large chunky heads and large eyes. Both species have pink-red flesh.
When it comes to taste, the high fat content in bigeye tuna means smooth texture and a creamy, rich flavor, making it a good choice for tuna steaks, as it holds up well to grilling without drying out. Yellowfin, on the other hand, imparts more subtle, mild flavors, and its firmer texture works well for thinly sliced sashimi.
Meanwhile, the health benefits of yellowfin and bigeye are more similar than different, with each harboring loads of nutrition. Ahi in general is a lean fish, with both subspecies carrying nutrients that may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and improve blood circulation.