26 Canned Tuna Recipes That Are Surprisingly Awesome (2024)


26 Canned Tuna Recipes That Are Surprisingly Awesome (1)

By Alexia Dellner

Published Apr 6, 2020

Additional reporting by

Hannah Loewentheil

We know what you’re thinking: Canned tuna isn’t exactly the sexiest ingredient on the planet. But it is incredibly versatile, not to mention packed full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and probably sitting in the back of your pantry right now. Here are 26 exciting canned tuna recipes that go way beyond salads and casseroles (although we’ve got plenty of tasty options for those, too).


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1. Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts

Made with not one but two types of cheese. (Plus avocado, tomatoes and arugula, oh my.)


2. 15-minute Mediterranean Couscous With Tuna And Pepperoncini

A mouthwatering recipe using things you probably already have in your pantry. If only all meals were this easy.

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3. Picante Tuna Salad Tacos

Fish tacos are delicious but kind of a pain to make. Not these guys, however. Canned tuna is mixed with crunchy vegetables, jalapeño and cilantro for a salad that’s great on its own but especially tasty when stuffed into a tortilla.

4. Spicy Tuna Roll Bowl

Don’t mind us—we’re just going to pretend we’re eating this in Hawaii while drinking from a coconut and taking in the ocean view.


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5. Tuna Pasta Bake

Your grandma’s tuna casserole gets a flavorful twist in this cheesy, tomato-based version that’s seasoned with tons of fragrant herbs.

6. Italian Orzo Tuna Salad

Everything you think you know about tuna salad is wrong. Don’t believe us? Try this mayo-free version that’s fresh, zesty and just the right amount of crunchy.


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7. Paleo Tuna Cakes

Crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside fish cakes paired with a red pepper sauce. We’ll take six, please.

8. Lentil Greek Salad With Dill Sauce

An excellent (not to mention ridiculously easy) way to use up two pantry staples in one delicious meal.

9. Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

Now that’s what we call comfort food. (But don’t worry—some vegetables are hidden in there.)


10. Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad

It’s a classic for a reason. But food photographer Goyoaga elevates this crowd-pleaser by adding fried capers and dill. Classy.

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11. Spicy Tuna Spiralized Spring Vegetable Salad

Spiralized turnips and cucumbers are tossed in a chili-garlic sauce for a healthy dish that’s ready in just ten minutes.

12. Five-minute Spicy Tuna Rolls

Introducing the easiest one-bite snack for keto lovers (and everyone else).


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13. Watermelon Radish Tuna Tostadas

Who says canned tuna can’t be sophisticated? Don’t skimp on the Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning—it really takes this pretty snack up a notch.

14. Tuna Pasta Salad

A creamy dressing that’s not at all gloopy, thanks to lemon juice, fresh dill and pickle relish.

15. Healthy Tuna Bake With Butternut Squash

Delicious with pasta, rice, a hunk of crusty bread or just eaten on its own straight out of the pan. (No judgement.)

16. Tuna Egg Salad

This zesty salad belongs stuffed into a pita or enveloped by a tortilla.


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17. Dill Tuna And Chickpea Appetizer Bites With Lemon Caper Mayo

These adorable bites are gluten- and dairy-free and can be enjoyed hot or cold. See? We told you canned tuna was versatile.

18. Tuna Salad And Chickpea Stuffed Avocado

Tuna, avocado and chickpeas—what’s not to love? Not to mention that these little avocado boats are freakin’ adorable.

19. Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

Take a trip to Tuscany without leaving your couch with this hearty sandwich that’s packed full of Mediterranean flavors—briny olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crunchy veggies and feta cheese.

20. Tuna Hotdish

This tuna casserole is ready and on the table in just eight minutes. (It’s also paleo-friendly, if that’s your thing.)

21. Cajun Tuna Casserole

Made with a few of our favorite things: bacon, cheese, red peppers and plenty of spice.

23. Tuscan Tuna Melts

Our go-to sandwich gets a serious upgrade thanks to sun-dried tomatoes, Manchego cheese, arugula leaves and pickled onions.

24. Temaki Sushi

Made with creamy roasted sesame dressing, avocado and baby butterhead lettuce for a low-carb dish that tastes as good as it looks.

25. Tostada De Atun

Once you’ve got the basics, make this dish your own by adding whatever you have lying around the kitchen (diced mango, sliced jicama or corn kernels would all make great additions).

26. Cuban-style Tuna Meal-prep Bowls

Who would have thought that plantain chips and tuna were a match made in heaven?


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26 Canned Tuna Recipes That Are Surprisingly Awesome (2024)


How to make canned tuna good? ›

My general go to tuna combos are:
  1. tuna and mayo with or without pickles or celery.
  2. tuna and mayo with curry powder and chopped celery and dried or fresh fruit.
  3. tuna and broccoli dressed in mayo or olive oil and garlic.
  4. tuna and white beans and celery and /or parsley dressed in olive oil and vinegar.
Jun 26, 2018

What can I eat with tuna to lose weight? ›

Because the goal is weight loss, you must remember to keep the carbohydrate content low. So out of the options, the safest ones are tuna salad with fresh greens and sashimi, or mixing them with brown rice, which has higher fiber, vitamin, and mineral contents.

What can I add to canned tuna besides mayo? ›

12 Delicious Substitutes For Mayo In Your Tuna Salad
  1. Greek yogurt. Maslova Valentina/Shutterstock. ...
  2. Avocado. Irina Rostokina/Shutterstock. ...
  3. Hummus. Tempura/Getty Images. ...
  4. Olive oil. Maryia_K/Shutterstock. ...
  5. Dijon mustard. Stepanek Photography/Shutterstock. ...
  6. Ranch dressing. RebeccaDLev/Shutterstock. ...
  7. Sour cream. ...
  8. Cottage cheese.
Jan 24, 2024

Do you rinse canned tuna before eating? ›

Rinse sodium-containing canned foods, such as beans, tuna, and vegetables before eating. This removes some of the sodium. Canned fish is often packed in oil or water.

What is the healthiest way to eat canned tuna? ›

  1. Swap tuna into your favorite salmon or crab cake recipe.
  2. Mix tuna into vegetable- or potato-based soup or into stew instead of chicken. ...
  3. If you're sticking with a simple salad on the run, swap mayo for Greek yogurt, and mix in some Dijon mustard.
  4. Try using cottage cheese in place of mayo or Greek yogurt.
Dec 21, 2015

What spices are good in canned tuna? ›

Herbs and Spices

Consider adding a sprinkle of dried dill, parsley, or chives for a refreshing and herbaceous flavor. Additionally, spices like paprika, cayenne pepper, or cumin can provide a subtle kick to the tuna, elevating its overall taste.

Can dogs eat tuna? ›

Can dogs have tuna? Yes, you can feed your dog canned tuna, as long as you do so in moderation and infrequently. Choose the version that's packed in fresh water instead of oil or salted water. Also check the label to make sure there is no extra salt added to the canned tuna.

What's better with tuna mayo or Miracle Whip? ›

More viscous or fluid products may cause a more 'wet' tuna salad.” Less popular for tuna salad among our experts but still mayo MVPs, Kewpie and Miracle Whip both have distinct flavors that don't work as well with tuna, one more savory (Kewpie) and one sweeter (Miracle Whip).

Which is healthier tuna in water or oil? ›

If you're counting calories and maximizing omega-3 fatty acids, then tuna in water might make a great choice. On the other hand, if moisture, flavor, and vitamin D levels are your focus, then olive oil-packed tuna might be better. Whatever tuna you choose, it's important not to go overboard for this mild-flavored fish.

Can I lose belly fat eating tuna? ›

Tuna not only improves the metabolic rate in individuals but also increases bodily functions to keep you energetic, active, and healthy. For example, eating tuna after a workout will help you to maintain your energy while reducing belly fat due to the high-thermic effect. This fish is a complete protein.

Is tuna good for losing belly fat? ›

In addition to being a good source of protein, tuna is also low in fat. This means that it can be a good choice for people who are looking to lose belly fat. When you consume fewer calories than your body needs, it will start to burn fat for energy, which can lead to a reduction in belly fat.

What can I add to tuna to make it taste good? ›

Start with chunk tuna in a can, water-packed. Drain, add mayo, minced green onion, minced bell pepper, minced celery, a little squirt of fresh lemon, a bit of mustard, some fresh-ground black pepper. You might even mince up some fresh tomato into it.

What sauces go well with tuna? ›

Some popular choices include:
  • lemon juice or lemon zest for a bright and tangy flavor.
  • dill or other herbs for a fresh and light taste.
  • hot sauce or sriracha for a spicy kick.
  • pickles or pickle juice for a burst of acidity.
  • mustard for a bold and tangy flavor.
Jan 13, 2023

How to make tuna taste good without mayo reddit? ›

Use plain yogurt instead of mayo, a squirt of mustard , add some boiled eggs chopped , a little sweet pickle relish, celery ,onion, salt , pepper, little green pepper if like , toast keto bread, lettuce , and tomato on bread tablespoon or more of tuna salad. Sugar free iced tea with lemon. Enjoy .

How do you eat tuna as a snack? ›

Here are a few ideas:
  1. Spread on toast or crackers for breakfast or as a quick snack.
  2. As a veggie dip in my kid's lunch boxes, for snacks, or appetizers.
  3. On whole-wheat bread with sliced cucumber, tomato, or salad.
  4. Tossed in a salad or eaten with roasted veggies for a healthy lunch.

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