Definition of toro in English:



mass noun
  • (in Japanese cooking) tuna meat from the belly of the fish, pale pink and rich in fat and used in sushi and sashimi.

    • ‘But for what one order of Kobe beef costs, you can get six orders of the scrumptiously briny toro tartare with caviar.’
    • ‘Like the famous beef, this toro wasn't so much larded with richness as it was infused with it.’
    • ‘With executive chef Eiji Takase's fresh fish, in sweet, earthy, briny rolls of salmon, shiso, and avocado topped with salmon roe, or the ultimate silky toro sushi, that would be enough.’
    • ‘Aglibot says that bodybuilders may want to be wary of a type of sushi called toro.’
    • ‘The tuna in question is a brick of sushi-grade bluefin toro, seared on one side only.’
    • ‘Among appetizers, a pink wheel of toro tartare (on a guacamole base) was generally admired, as was a creamy mousse made from something called kabu turnips, with a tottering structure of king-crab's legs and caviar on top.’
    • ‘Insipid, as if the full, lush taste of prime toro had been washed out by some mysterious force.’
    • ‘Use more wasabi for fattier fish, such as toro or yellowtail, less wasabi on lean cuts, such as clam or squid.’
    • ‘The toro experts at my table thought the sushi and sashimi were straightforward but not superb, although the toro tartare I sampled was overwarm and a little stringy.’
    • ‘There was toro with sweet radish, and tender scallops in an equally tender vinaigrette.’
    • ‘Likewise the toro, the pink-flushed, fatty tuna belly that is subversively tender.’
    • ‘When Takayama makes a toro maki roll, he jams it with fistfuls of tuna belly.’
    • ‘After that came a fine example of chu-toro (No. 2 on the sushi-snob toro scale, above maguro and below the hyperdelicate o-toro), which Seki flavored with a mild wasabi sauce.’
    • ‘A glorious chunk of tuna-neck toro crowned with caviar melts on the tongue far too soon.’
    • ‘It was to other versions of the duck in California restaurants what toro sashimi at Ginza Sushiko is to Star-Kist Chunk Lite Style.’
    • ‘I didn't see a scallop, toro, eel or anything more adventurous - these are all on the a la carte menu, but some items are just too expensive for all-you-can-eat.’


Japanese, probably short for torori to ‘melting in the mouth’.