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    The 35 BEST Canned Tuna Recipes

    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…

    The 35 BEST Canned Tuna Recipes.

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ marionskitchen

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ familyfreshrecipes

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ craftycookingmama

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ littlebroken

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ happyfoodstube

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ oliveandmago

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ everydaycooks

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ maesmenu

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ simplyhomecooked

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingwithcurls

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ mariaushakova

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmedelicious

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ restlesschipotle

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookwithnabeela

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ healthylittlefoodies

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ thewoksoflife

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ marleysmenu

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ thewickednoodle

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ dishingouthealth

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ ambitiouskitchen

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ thetoastykitchen

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ whatdadcooked

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ oldhousetonewhome

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    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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    The 35 BEST Ways to Use Canned Tuna

    This collection of easy Canned Tuna Recipes includes plenty of budget friendly meals for you to enjoy with your family. Try this lightened up tuna salad:


    • 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


    1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
    2. Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, or atop a bed of lettuce.


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