Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Review – Honey Glazed, Lemon Salt, Original, Peppered, and Teriyaki

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Jason Caluori | 0 Comments

Kaimana is a tuna and marlin jerky maker located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. They recently reached out and sent me 5 flavors of their Ahi Tuna jerky for review.

Kaimana 5 bags of Ahi Tuna Jerky

Fish seems to be one of those acquired tastes. My wife and daughter hate the smell of anything fish. I personally don't eat much fish jerky, although I do catch and eat trout from the river during the summer here in Montana. Now, after reviewing Kaimana, I'm a believer! I'll definitely order more and start hunting for more fish jerky to try.

I was surprised with what I found in each bag. Although it's fish, this jerky has a texture much like what you'd expect from a beef jerky. The pieces are each roughly an inch by an inch. The thin pieces turned out to be great too. These bags are 2.75oz but the cut really gives you a lot of pieces in each bag.

We enjoyed every bit of this review. I should say how much I hate it when I get a bag of jerky and it's just a few big honking pieces. That wasn't the case with any of the Kaimana bags.

This review involved what I tried, along with a 2-year old, a 5-year old, as well as two dogs who all love jerky. And even after a full round of great taste testing there's still jerky left over today!

 

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky - Peppered Flavor

Kaimana Peppered Ahi Tuna jerky front of bag Kaimana Peppered Ahi Tuna jerky back of bag

Description:
Don't be afraid! Our Peppered Ahi Tuna Jerky will only leave you wanting more and reaching for the nearest cold drink. Indulge in a perfect blend of black pepper and spices. Enjoy responsibly!

Ingredients:
Ahi (Tuna), Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Extract of Soy Bean, Wheat Flour and Salt), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, Black Pepper, Red Chili, Sesame Oil, Spices. Contains: Fish, Wheat, and Soy

Review:
First off, I love fresh ground pepper and this is a really great pepper jerky. I've tried dozens of other types of pepper jerky and this one really packs a punch.

 

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky - Original Flavor

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Original flavor front of bag Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Original flavor back of bag

Description:
Every brand has an Original flavor right? Well, this is our take on what Original should be. Sweet, smoky, and delicious!

Ingredients:
Ahi (Tuna), Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Extract of Soy Bean, Wheat Flour and Salt), Hickory Liquid Smoke, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, Black Pepper, Red Chili, Sesame Oil, Spices. Contains: Fish, Wheat, and Soy

Review:
The original flavor is usually really telling of how great a jerky brand is, and I was impressed with Kaimana's original. There's a nice smoky smell and flavor in the first couple of chews. Then near the end I could taste a little bit of pepper.

 

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky - Lemon Salt Flavor

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Lemon Salt flavor front of bag Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Lemon Salt flavor back of bag

Description:
Our Lemon Salt Ahi Tuna Jerky will leave your mouth watering and wanting more. This zesty flavor has been a local favorite for years. Try it and you'll know why!

Ingredients:
Ahi (Tuna), Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Extract of Soy Bean, Wheat Flour and Salt), Sesame Oil, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, Lemon Peel, Black Pepper, Freeze-Dried Whole Lemon, Citric Acid. Contains: Fish, Wheat, and Soy

Review:
I'd never tried a lemon jerky before, but I was excited as soon as I saw the package. And lemon salt flavored fish jerky really is an amazing combination. It really has a subtle lemon flavor in each chew.

 

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky - Teriyaki Flavor

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Teriyaki flavor front of bag Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Teriyaki flavor bag of bag

Description:
Who can resist the teriyaki flavor? Not too sweet, not too salty, but just right! We make our own Teriyaki sauce from scratch with real ingredients.

Ingredients:
Ahi (Tuna), Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Extract of Soy Bean, Wheat Flour and Salt), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, Black Pepper, Red Chili, Sesame Seed, Sesame Oil, Spices. Contains: Fish, Wheat, and Soy

Review:
Before trying this one, the “we make our own Teriyaki sauce from scratch” caught my attention. Then the flavor didn't disappoint! I realized that the teriyaki I had tried with most other brands has a strange after-taste I can't quite put my finger on. A real scratch made teriyaki sauce flavor is something I was only able to create with making small batches jerky in my own kitchen. If you're a teriyaki lover, I recommend trying this one to taste the difference.

 

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky - Honey Glazed Flavor

Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Honey Glazed flavor front of bag Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky Honey Glazed flavor back of bag

Description:
Our Honey Glazed Ahi Tuna Jerky is for lovers of moist, juicy jerky. Always soft! Always tasty! Don't let the honey turn you off. This is one of the softest jerkies you'll ever find.

Ingredients:
Ahi (Tuna), Honey, Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Extract of Soy Bean, Wheat Flour and Salt), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ginger Powder, Black Pepper, Red Chili, Sesame Oil, Spices. Contains: Fish, Wheat, and Soy

Review:
Talk about sticky fingers! My children loved this one and it's their top request out of all 5 flavors. The surface of each piece is covered in a sticky honey glaze. Flavor is similar to teriyaki and chew is much softer than any of the others.

Wrap Up:

Each flavor had it's own distinct taste. Chew was similar between everything but the Honey Glazed. I'd recommend and re-order the Pepper and Original for myself, and the Honey Glazed for my kids. All-around a great jerky for fish lovers. Doing this review has made me not only want more Kaimana, but I also want to try other fish jerky too.

Rating:
5/5

Where to get it?
http://kaimanajerky.com/

 


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