Canned tuna is a pantry staple that often goes unnoticed, but its versatility and convenience make it a secret weapon for creating delicious and satisfying meals. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy weekday dinners or impressive dishes for entertaining, canned tuna can be transformed into delicious recipes that are sure to please!
Canned tuna is a versatile and budget-friendly ingredient that I always keep on hand!
Why? It can be used in so many recipes.
You can transform humble canned tuna into comforting casseroles, zesty salads, and so much more!
Whether you’re looking for quick and easy options or gourmet-inspired dishes, these recipes demonstrate the incredible potential of canned tuna and invite you to explore new flavors and textures. So, grab a can of tuna from your pantry and let your culinary imagination run wild.
The BEST Canned Tuna Recipes
This Mediterranean Chickpea Tuna Salad is the perfect dish for when you’re trying to eat lighter but still want a delicious meal.
Tuna Rice is a quick and easy Hawaiian-inspired dish made with a spicy sriracha tuna mix layered over white rice. Add crunchy, umami toppings and dig into this budget-friendly and protein-packed meal that everyone will love!
This Tuna Pasta recipe is an easy way to revamp canned tuna into a flavorful and budget-friendly main course. Made with a can of tuna, the pasta of your choice, and a simple olive oil and garlic sauce, this is a restaurant-quality meal that’s ready in minutes.
This simple baked tuna and pasta dish is a comforting one with a fun twist on everyone’s favourite classic tuna casserole. It has a made-from-scratch creamy sauce and a crunchy parmesan topping that puts this classic recipe over the top.
Baked tuna meatballsare a healthy seafood spin on your average meatballs. They’re easy to make with a few cans of tuna fish and perfect for a low-carb snack or topped on zucchini noodles for a full meal.
The perfect combination of flavorful ingredients, this classic Tuna Nicoise Salad is a simple, fresh, and easy lunch or dinner option for the sunny months ahead. With warm, crispy roasted potatoes and green beans, tuna, olives, and more, it’s a healthy meal that truly satisfies!
These zesty white bean and tuna lettuce wraps are a healthy, high protein lunch or dinner idea. For a twist on traditional lettuce wraps, we stuff vibrant magenta-hued radicchio lettuce cups with a creamy, punchy tuna white bean salad dressed with a lively Green Goddess dressing and slices of buttery avocado.
Once you make this buffalo tuna dip once, it’s sure to be a recipe you’ll turn to again and again. With less than 10 ingredients and about 10 minutes to make, it’s not only easy to prepare, it’s creamy, savoury and simply delicious!
A Southwest-inspired version of tuna mac and cheese with taco seasoning, black beans, yellowfin tuna and plenty of cheese. This creamy, spicy tuna mac and cheese recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and is packed with protein.
This recipe makes a great quick lunch or dinner, delicious tuna fried rice made with some of our favorite pantry staples: canned tuna, corn, rice, and eggs. A great way of using leftover rice or any vegetables you might have forgotten in your crisper drawer.
Tuna Potato Salad, a delightful mix of tender potatoes, juicy tuna, crisp onions and fresh herbs in a zesty dressing. Perfect for any occasion, this simple, nutritious salad offers a vibrant burst of flavor to brighten your meal!
Try these delicious bite-sized Tuna Melt Mini Quiches and you’ll be hooked! Made with good-quality solid tuna and a few other simple ingredients, these bite-sized mini quiches look sophisticated, but they are easy to make and pack a lot of punch!
Crispy, crunchy and spicy! This new spin on simple tuna from a can will be your next appetizer go to! Full of bright colors and plenty of flavor these little tuna fish cakes are the best thing to have ever happened to canned tuna!
Canned tuna has a long shelf life. When stored properly in a cool, dry place, unopened canned tuna can typically last for up to two to four years, depending on the specific product. However, it is always advisable to check the expiration date on the can.
How should canned tuna be stored?
Unopened canned tuna should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Once opened, any unused portion should be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated. It is best to consume the opened can within 2-3 days.
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Whether you're looking for a quick & easy lunch or a delicious dinner dish, canned tuna can be transformed into recipes sure to please! Try this Tuna Rice. It's a quick and easy Hawaiian-inspired dish made with a spicy sriracha tuna mix layered over white rice. Add crunchy, umami toppings and dig into this budget-friendly and protein-packed meal that everyone will love!
In a small bowl, combine the tuna, mayonnaise, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce.
Add the white rice to a bowl and spoon the tuna mixture on top. Sprinkle with your desired toppings.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. To enjoy your tuna rice throughout the week, keep the cooked rice and tuna mixture in separate containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.