Canned tuna is such a great ingredient to keep in your pantry. It’s versatile, packed with lean protein, and is super budget friendly!
That’s why we decided to compile this great list of easy Canned Tuna Recipes for you to make and enjoy with your family.
You’ll find classics like tuna casserole and tuna salad, as well as some creative recipes like tuna fried rice and tuna pizza.
Go through all of these great recipes. You’ll never have to wonder “what to make with canned tuna?” again! Have fun…
Canned Tuna Recipes
1. Tuna Casserole
This tuna noodle casserole is an easy, thrifty casserole with a base of tender egg noodles, savory gravy, sweet peas, and delicate flakes of tuna with a crispy, cheesy top. This is very budget friendly and quick to assemble.
2. Tuna Salad
Everyone needs a good tuna salad recipe, and this is it! It has the perfect ratio of tuna, mayo and crunchy celery, plus the addition of a few flavor enhancers. Make a sandwich, have it over a bed of lettuce, or even make fun lettuce wraps.
3. Tuna Melt
The classic tuna melt is like a fusion of two of the best sandwiches: tuna salad and grilled cheese. It’s a great recipe, and will be one of your favorite canned tuna recipes.
4. Tuna Fried Rice
For a super easy pantry staple dinner that you can have on the table in about 20 minutes, give this Tuna Fried Rice a try. It’s a hearty and flavorful meal, and you have the option to make it spicy!
5. Creamy Tuna Mushroom Pasta
Creamy Tuna Mushroom Pasta is a quick comfort food meal you can cook up any busy weeknight. It has a lemon garlic cream sauce that is so delicious. One of our favorite canned tuna recipes!
6. Tuna Patties
Probably one of the most well known uses for canned tuna, these patties are easy yet so satisfying. The whole family will love these crispy little fried cakes.
7. Tuna Deviled Eggs
These Tuna Deviled Eggs are going to a hit at year next get together! They are also a great make ahead lunch option for school or work.
8. Tomato Tuna Melts
Tomato Tuna Melts are a great lunch or light dinner idea if your watching your carbs. Tomatoes are stuffed with tuna salad, topped with cheddar cheese, then baked to perfection.
9. Tuna Chowder
When the temperatures start to dip, there’s nothing like a cozy steaming bowl of chowder. This recipe for canned tuna chowder only takes about 35 minutes.
10. Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Are you looking for a light and healthy lunch idea? Unlike most tuna salads, this Mediterranean Tuna Salad has no mayo. It’s full of good ingredients like tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, artichokes.
11. Tuna Pizza
Everyone loves pizza night! Make it a pantry staple pizza with this recipe, which includes the options to make your own crust and sauce.
12. Tuna and Chickpea Pita Pocket Sandwiches
Healthy, hearty tuna sandwiches. Flaky tuna and tender chick peas are coated with a bright and creamy, lemon herb dressing then added to whole wheat pita pockets along with fresh spinach and tomatoes. This one is for tuna lovers.
13. Creamy Stuffed Shells with Tuna and Spinach
This Creamy Stuffed Shells with Tuna and Spinach is going to be your new favorite canned tuna recipe.
It’s such a comforting pasta dish with a homemade creamy sauce, as well as peas and spinach for some veggie power.
14. Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad
This Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad recipe is great for a tasty and fuss free dinner idea, perfect for busy weeknights.
Packed with veggies and lean protein, it’s a great meal all in itself!
15. Tuna and Tomato Quiche
Quiche… that popular savory French egg tart you so often see in bakeries and cafes. They’re great at any time of day, from breakfast all the way to dinner.
This one is filled with canned tuna, tomatoes and plenty of cheese.
16. Tuna Mac and Cheese
Tuna Mac and Cheese is a classic budget friendly dish that everyone grew up on. This recipe goes beyond the box and makes it completely from scratch.
17. Tuna Salad Sandwich
Here’s another real classic. This Tuna Salad Sandwich is the best one you will try. Tuna salad is made with an easy mix of tuna, mayo, hard boiled eggs and onions. It’s topped with tomatoes, lettuce and then you can assemble it on any variety of bread. This is a simple and tasty sandwich which everyone will love!
18. Tuna Pasta Salad
Learn how to make a quick summer tuna pasta salad that comes together in a flash! Loaded with tons of tender, peppery arugula, flaky tuna, and zesty pepperoncini. Dress it with delicious lemon ranch dressing. This is sure to become a go-to summer lunch recipe!
19. Tuna Stuffed Avocado
This Tuna Stuffed Avocado recipe is brilliant! All you have to do is whip up a quick tuna salad, then load it in avocado boats. Perfect low carb lunch idea.
20. Canned Tuna Chili
Here’s a hearty, high protein meal that is perfect for fall and winter. This Canned Tuna Chili is made with pantry staples, and make a perfect family dinner.
21. Spicy Sriracha Tuna Wraps
These delicious Spicy Sriracha Tuna Wraps are light and fresh, full of flavor, and only take about 5 minutes to make.
They are a great lunch option for school or work.
22. Tuna Tacos
Make it a great taco night with this easy and delicious recipe. The tacos are filled with canned tuna, cabbage and other goodies, plus they’re topped with a homemade cumin cream sauce.
23. Tuna Curry
Are you craving curry? This Tuna Curry is a quick and easy curry dish made with a simple masala and just a few ingredients. Serve with roti and rice.
24. Avocado Chickpea Tuna Salad
Now here’s an easy lunch or light dinner idea for you… This Avocado Chickpea Tuna Salad is a nutritious, protein packed meal that you can throw together in minutes. Plus, it tastes great!
25. Tuna Omelet
This easy Tuna Omelet is a perfect way to start your day, but we also love it for an easy lunch or even dinner. It’s very hearty and filling, and packed with protein.
26. Tuna Tomato Pasta
Tuna Tomato Pasta is a quick budget friendly family dinner made with pantry staples. It’s so easy, and is sure to please your picky eaters.
27. Canned Tuna Nachos
Canned Tuna Nachos are a great appetizer idea for your next get together. Tortillas are topped with tuna, avocado, red onions, cilantro and cheese, then baked. It’s a delicious and easy recipe.
28. Tuna Lettuce Wraps
Tuna Lettuce Wraps are a great low carb alternative when you’re craving a tuna sandwich. They take just 5 minutes to throw together, and you can customize with your favorite toppings.
29. Tuna Niçoise Pasta Salad
This classic fancy French salad gets a little bit more hearty by adding whole wheat pasta in addition to the usual ingredients. This salad is great for entertaining and get togethers.
30. Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese
Classic tuna mac gets a Southwest makeover with this recipe. Black beans and taco seasoning give a whole new flavor to this comfort food dish.
31. Tuna Broccoli Alfredo Casserole
This Tuna Broccoli Alfredo Casserole recipe is total comfort food. Plus, the combination of lean protein and nutrient packed broccoli means you’ll be feeding your family a nutritious meal.
32. Tuna Sloppy Joes
Here’s a fun twist on a childhood favorite. These Canned Tuna Sloppy Joes are perfect for lunch, or even dinner!
33. Avocado Tuna Salad
Despite the simple name, this avocado tuna salad is far from boring! It’s got it all – bright colors, a perfect blend of textures, and a bunch of amazingly delicious flavors. It’s the perfect salad to make for a quick lunch.
34. Caprese Tuna Flatbread
Caprese Tuna Flatbread Pizza is a great lunch or light dinner. Naan flatbread is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, tuna, red onions, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze. It will become a family favorite.
35. Easy Canned Tuna Pasta
This Easy Canned Tuna Pasta takes about 15 minutes, and uses just a handful of pantry staple ingredients. Great family dinner idea.
So there you go, thirty five amazing canned tuna recipes. Don’t they all look delicious? Which ones will make their way into your regular rotation?
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- 2 5oz can albacore tuna, drained
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, or atop a bed of lettuce.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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