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The $6 Aldi Freezer Find I Buy Whenever I Don’t Feel Like Cooking

published Oct 11, 2022
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Like many people who are the primary cooks in the house, I have a running list of core meal options in my repertoire, like sheet pan dinners, one-pot pastas, and slow cooker chilis. I also keep another list of new dishes I’d like to try because, as good as it is, there are only so many times I can cook the same sheet pan salmon before I need to mix things up.

Lately, I’ve been trying to eat more seafood, and I’ve always been a sushi fan, but I didn’t think I’d go so far as to prepare an almost entirely raw dinner for my family. I was stuck in a “meat and potatoes” mindset — that dinner should be a hot meal with one main and two sides. That was before I discovered Aldi’s Specially Selected Wild Caught Ahi Tuna Steaks

Credit: Cristina Holtzer

What’s So Great About Specially Selected Wild Caught Ahi Tuna Steaks?

My husband and I are loyal Aldi shoppers, and while we regularly load up on budget-friendly staples and seasonal items, the seafood selection isn’t always as varied as we’d like. The flash-frozen tuna steaks — which cost $5.95 for three at my store — are the perfect just-slightly-outside-the-box option I needed for a quick weeknight meal.

The steaks are flash-frozen and each one is individually vacuum-sealed inside the bag. When frozen, they appear lighter pink in color, but once fully thawed they become a deeper pinkish red. They are definitely thinner and a bit smaller than other frozen tuna steaks I’ve purchased, but they’re still a great value. When you remove the vacuum-sealed packaging, the tuna should have no fishy smell to it. (On the rare occasion it does, it may have spoiled while thawing, so bring it back for a refund and a free replacement.) The texture is firm, but slices like butter once thawed. I also like that the fish is wild-caught and MSC-certified.

Because these steaks are frozen, you can buy them during a large grocery haul and keep them in the freezer until closer to prep time, unlike fresh fish, which you should eat within two days of purchase.

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What’s the Best Way to Use Specially Selected Wild Caught Ahi Tuna Steaks?

These tuna steaks are my very own blank slate. I love to eat them in ahi poke bowls with jalapeños and a spicy sauce, which is especially great on nights when you don’t feel like doing much prep. Swap in whatever veggies you have on hand — edamame, radishes, cucumbers, or carrots are all great options — and top with avocado or whatever you like. 

If you have more time (and creativity) to spare, try your hand at homemade sushi rolls (I love a spicy tuna roll). You can also coat the steaks in seasoning and sear them to top a salad, marinate them and grill them to eat as a main dish with quinoa and grilled veggies, or sear and serve them on a sandwich.

You will need the foresight to take these out of the freezer ahead of time, but they’re a great option when you know you have an especially busy week or evening on the horizon. And at $5.95 for three steaks, you’d be hard-pressed to find a lower price for just about any type of sushi-grade fish.

Find it in stores: Specially Selected Sushi Grade Wild Caught Ahi Tuna Steaks, $5.95 for 3 (4-ounce) steaks

What are some of your favorites in Aldi’s frozen section? Let us know in the comments.