31 Healthy Canned Tuna Recipes You May Want to Try

Canned tuna is one of the most convenient foods rich in protein always on hand for a quick, healthy meal. Thanks to a bunch of excellent tuna recipes, you can use this mild-flavored fish as an ingredient for a wide variety of flavor-packed dishes. The best part is that you can prepare breakfast, light lunch, and dinner in a quite short time. Let’s see.

1. Tuna walnut salad

Tuna walnut salad

Ingredients

  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • One chopped celery
  • 25 cups of toasted and chopped walnuts
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Mix the tuna, mayonnaise, celery, and walnuts in a medium bowl. Then, add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste. Keep the salad in the fridge until ready to serve.

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2. Tuna salad with avocado

Tuna salad with avocado

Ingredients

  • One can of tuna
  • One avocado
  • 25 cups of diced carrot
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped raisins
  • 4 tsp chopped toasted cashews
  • 2 tsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp curry
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt

Instructions

Mix yogurt with vinegar in a medium bowl and add salt, curry, and cinnamon. After mixing them with tuna and vegetables, stir everything to combine. In the end, fill both halves of avocado with the salad.

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3. Mediterranean pasta with canned tuna

Mediterranean pasta with canned tuna

Ingredients

  • Two cans of oil-packed tuna
  • 75 pounds (340 g) of fusilli pasta
  • One cup of chopped and squeezes tomato
  • One cup of grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 25 cups of chopped olives
  • 25 cups of chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped capers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook pasta in boiled water. Mix drained tuna with tomato, olives, lemon juice, olive oil, onion, capers, and parsley in a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper and then include pasta. Stir with cheese until you combine everything well and serve warm.

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4. Italian tuna with beans

Italian tuna with beans

Ingredients

  • One can of white beans
  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • One sliced shallot
  • Two chopped celery
  • 25 cups of chopped parsley
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Crackers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Mix tuna with beans in a medium bowl and add lemon juice, celery, parsley, shallot, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve the mixture with crackers and romaine lettuce leaves.

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5. Parisian tuna sandwiches

Parisian tuna sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Four soft rolls
  • Two cans of oil-packed tuna
  • Four to eight drained anchovy fillets
  • Three eggs
  • One cup of sliced artichoke hearts
  • 5 cups of chopped olives
  • One sliced tomato
  • Four sliced radishes
  • A quarter of a sliced red onion
  • Two cups of spring salad mix
  • One bunch arugula
  • 25 cups of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and ground pepper

Instructions

Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, and then cool, peel, and chop them. Mix the vinegar, olive oil, salt, and ground pepper in a bowl. Cut the rolls and put them cut-side on a paper. Fill them with a quarter of the dressing, including arugula, sliced tomato, artichokes, and onion. After seasoning the ingredients with salt, you should add another quarter of the prepared mix.

Then, combine tuna with remaining dressing, and add the mix on the sandwiches. As a finish, add slices of eggs, olives, anchovy fillets, and radishes on the top. Cover with the roll tops and press them gently for about 15 minutes to let the bread absorbs all the tasty flavors.

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6. Collard green wrap with tuna

Collard green wrap with tuna

Ingredients

  • One collard green leaf
  • One can of tuna
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise
  • One shredded carrot
  • 25 cups of diced apple
  • Juice of half a lime

Instructions

Put collard green leaf in boiling water for a few seconds. Then, combine tuna with other ingredients and place them on the laid leaf. Fold on both sides and wrap it like a burrito.

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7. Light tuna casserole

Light tuna casserole 1

Ingredients

  • One cup of egg noodles
  • Three cans of water-packed tuna
  • 75 cups of sliced button mushrooms
  • 25 cups of all-purpose flour
  • One cup of frozen peas
  • One cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 cups of milk
  • 5 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Two diced carrots
  • One diced onion
  • Three minced cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

While cooking egg noodles, you should melt olive oil in a pan and add carrots and onion. After 5 to 7 minutes, add the garlic and flour and cook them for a minute.

Whisk the mix in the chicken stock and add tuna, milk, peas, mushrooms, and seasoning. Cook the mixture until it thickens and then add the cooked noodles and cheese. If you want, you can bake the mix in the oven.

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8. Tuna with tomato pasta casserole

Tuna with tomato pasta casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (0.45 kg) of pasta shells
  • One can of oil-packed tuna
  • 5 cups of ricotta cheese
  • 5 cups of grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups of tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 25 cups of chopped fresh basil
  • Salt

Instructions

Melt the butter in a pot and add canned tomatoes. Cook them for about 30 min, and then add cook pasta, tuna, ricotta, tomato sauce, and basil into the pot and turn off the heat. Put the mixture into casserole and top with cheese. After baking it in an oven for five minutes, serve the dish hot.

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9. Asian tuna salad

Asian tuna salad

Ingredients

  • Five cans of water-packed tuna
  • 25 cups of Asian chile paste
  • 5 cups of light mayonnaise
  • 5 cups of dried cranberries
  • 5 cups of chopped carrot
  • 25 cups of chopped green onions
  • 25 cups of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 tsp ground red chile pepper
  • Salt

Instructions

Mix tuna with vegetables, cranberries, and seasoning in a large bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, honey, chile paste, soy sauce, and sesame oil and add the mixture to tuna mixture.

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10. Pasta with canned tuna and arugula

Pasta with canned tuna and arugula

Ingredients

  • 75 pounds (340 g) of spaghetti
  • Two cans of oil-packed tuna
  • 25 cups of olive oil
  • Two minced cloves garlic
  • 5 to 1 cup of baby arugula
  • Salt and hot red pepper flakes

Instructions

First, cook pasta until al dente. Put red pepper flakes and garlic in olive oil and add tuna and salt. Mix them, add arugula, and a cup of pasta water if needed.

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11. Tuna patties

Tuna patties

Ingredients

  • Two cans of tuna
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 5 cups of torn white bread
  • One egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 5 tsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Mix drained tuna with other ingredients. Form four patties and chill them for an hour. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on the medium heat and fry the patties until nicely browned.

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12. Tuna salad with white bean

Tuna salad with white bean

Ingredients

  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • One can of white beans
  • Two green onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Combine drained tuna and rinsed beans in a bowl. Then add sliced green onions, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings to make a tasty salad.

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13. Canned tuna with crostini

Canned tuna with crostini

Ingredients

  • Two cans of tuna
  • One hard-cooked egg
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Soft cheese or guacamole hummus
  • 2 tsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • Ten slices of a baguette loaf
  • Sliced veggies, olives, or canned beans
  • 2 tbsp relish
  • Salt, pepper, and fresh herbs

Instructions

Grill the bread slices until browned. Then make a salad of other ingredients. Add different combinations on every piece to get colorful pleasure on the plate.

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14. Noodle-salad with tuna and cucumber

Noodle-salad with tuna and cucumber

Ingredients

  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • One seedless cucumber
  • Noodles
  • 5 cups of tomato
  • 25 cups of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25 cups of diced red onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Put the cucumber and noodles in a bowl. Add tuna, all the other ingredients, and seasonings a few minutes before serving.

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15. Tuna with cauliflower

Tuna with cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds (227 g) of pasta
  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • One cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups of grated Egyptian Roumy cheese
  • One head of chopped cauliflower
  • 5 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Three cups of milk
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • One diced onion
  • Two crushed cloves garlic
  • 5 cups of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook the pasta to al dente and the cauliflower separately. Reserve some cheese for topping and whisk the rest until smooth.

Put the oil to a pot and fry the onion until softened. Add the garlic, rosemary, and the flour, then whisk the milk and Worcestershire sauce gradually. Mix everything, sprinkle the reserved cheese on top and broil until it melts.

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16. Eggs stuffed with tuna

Eggs stuffed with tuna

Ingredients

  • Eight hard-boiled eggs
  • 5 cans of tuna
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 3 to 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 5 tsp hot sauce
  • A half of minced celery
  • One minced baby dill pickle
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp minced green onion
  • 1 tbsp minced parsley
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Instructions

Cut boiled eggs in half. Mix the yolks with yogurt, mayonnaise, tuna, veggies, and seasonings. Put the mixture into the white halves and garnish with green onions.

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17. Tuna salad sandwiches

Tuna salad sandwiches

Ingredients

  • One can of tuna
  • Two slices toasted bread
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups of cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25 cups of chopped red onion
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • One chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Pinch of dill

Instructions

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and fill the toast. It’s up to you to serve sandwiches opened or covered with another slice of toasted bread. If you prefer a low carb option, you can use sliced lettuce for serving salat instead of bread.

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18. Avocados stuffed with Mexican tuna salad

Avocados stuffed with Mexican tuna salad

Ingredients

  • Two to three halved avocados
  • Two cans of oil-packed tuna
  • 25 cups of mayonnaise
  • 25 cups of diced red onion
  • 25 cups of chopped cilantro
  • 25 cups of chopped poblano pepper
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce
  • Salt

Instructions

Mix tuna with mayonnaise and seasonings. Then, fill the avocados halves with the salad.

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19. Keto tuna salad

Keto tuna salad

Ingredients

  • Four eggs
  • Two cans of oil-packed tuna
  • Four strips of bacon
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25 tsp lemon zest
  • One tomato
  • One sliced celery
  • Two sliced scallions
  • 16 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Boil eggs, let them cool, peel them, and chop. Fry the bacon in a skillet until becoming golden and crisp. Then, crumble the strips into bite-size pieces and mix tuna with mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, tuna oil, and sour cream.

The next step is to mix celery, scallions, salt, and ground black pepper with the salad. After mixing all the ingredients, add bacon, tomato slices, and eggs over the top. Fill lettuce leaves with the tuna salad and sprinkle it with scallions.

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20. Tomatoes stuffed with tuna

Tomatoes stuffed with tuna

Ingredients

  • Four tomatoes
  • Two cans of tuna
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wine vinegar
  • Two celeries
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • Fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Scoop out the seeds and pulp from tomatoes, chop them, and add tuna and other ingredients. Fill the hollowed tomatoes with the salad.

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21. Pasta with tuna and tomatoes

Pasta with tuna and tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (0.45 kg) of fusilli pasta
  • Two cans of water-packed tuna
  • Two cups of tomatoes
  • Two zucchinis
  • One yellow squash
  • 25 cups of olives
  • 25 cups of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 25 cups of fresh parsley leaves
  • One clove garlic
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook and drain pasta. Cut squash and zucchini, and slice olives and tomatoes in half. Then, add vinegar, oil, and seasonings in the mix and pour over the pasta.

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22. Quiche of tuna and mushrooms

Quiche of tuna and mushrooms

Ingredients

  • One can of tuna
  • Two cups of pepper Jack cheese
  • A jar of mushrooms
  • Three eggs
  • 5 cups of milk

Instructions

Put drained tuna in a bowl and add sliced mushrooms and shredded pepper Jack cheese. Whisk eggs with milk and pour them gradually over tuna mixture. Bake the meal approximately 40 minutes until quiche becomes golden.

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23. Tuna in sheet pan sourdough

Tuna in sheet pan sourdough

Ingredients

  • For the tuna salad
  • Five cans of tuna
  • 25 cups of mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp whole-grain mustard
  • 5 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups of sliced celery
  • 25 cups of diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp relish
  • Salt and ground black pepper

For the sandwiches

  • Eight slices of artisan sourdough
  • Four slices of provolone cheese
  • Four slices of cheddar cheese
  • 25 cups of butter
  • Eight slices of tomato

Instructions

Mix tuna with all ingredients for the salad thoroughly. Put bread slices on a baking sheet. Cover four of them with butter and spread the mayonnaise on the other four.

Place a slice of provolone on the bread with mayonnaise. Then, add tuna salad and top it with pieces of cheddar and tomato. Toast the buttered slices and put them on the top of your sandwiches.

Place them back in the oven for another few minutes until cheese becomes entirely melted and turns gold.

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24. Tuna salad with zesty Dijon mustard dressing

Tuna salad with zesty Dijon mustard dressing

Ingredients

  • For the salad
  • Three cans of tuna
  • 5 cups of halved olives
  • 5 chopped celery
  • A half of chopped cucumber
  • A half of chopped red onion
  • Three chopped green onions
  • Four to five chopped radishes
  • One cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 cups of chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Six slices tomatoes for serving
  • Pita pockets for serving

Zesty Dijon mustard dressing

  • 5 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups of olive oil
  • 5 lime for juice
  • One lime for zest
  • 5 tsp sumac
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

Whisk Dijon mustard, lime juice, and lime zest to get the zesty mustard dressing. Then, add olive oil, sumac, end seasonings.

Combine tuna with chopped vegetables, olives, mint leaves, and parsley in a salad bowl and mix all the ingredients gently. Then, pour the mustard dressing over the salad and mix them before serving. Serve the salad in pita pockets and decorate them with sliced tomatoes.

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25. Bow-tie pasta with tuna

Bow-tie pasta with tuna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (0.45 kg) of bow-tie pasta
  • Dressing
  • One can of oil-packed tuna
  • 2 tbsp honey-Dijon mustard
  • 25 cups of olive oil
  • 25 cups of red wine vinegar
  • Salt

Pasta salad

  • One cup of feta cheese
  • Three tomatoes
  • One cucumber
  • One cup of chopped basil leaves
  • One can of chickpeas

Instructions

Cook and drain pasta. Then, make the dressing with tuna in a serving bowl and add other necessary ingredients. Mix pasta, vegetables, and seasonings and pour dressing over them.

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26. Tuna Rigatoni with tomatoes

Tuna Rigatoni with tomatoes

Ingredients

  • One cup of whole-wheat Rigatoni
  • One pouch chunk light tuna
  • 5 cups of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups of chopped oil-packed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Two minced garlic cloves
  • 5 cups of chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

Cook and drain pasta. Put it to the skillet and then sprinkle with grated cheese and parsley.

Put garlic and red pepper flakes into heated oil for a couple of minutes. Then, add tuna, tomatoes, and lemon juice, and cook them for another few minutes. Mix them with pasta before serving.

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27. Italian salad with tuna, mozzarella, and corn

Italian salad with tuna, mozzarella, and corn

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of tuna
  • 5 cups of mozzarella
  • Two boiled or grilled corns
  • 5 cups of olives
  • Three cups of salad greens
  • One cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Two to three fresh basil leaves
  • Salt

Instructions

Cook or grill corn cobs or use canned ones. Mix it with tuna, salad greens, olives, and tomatoes. Place mozzarella on the top and sprinkle the salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil leaves, and salt.

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28. Chickpea tuna salad

Chickpea tuna salad

Ingredients

  • Chickpea tuna salad
  • Two cans of tuna
  • 25 cups of feta cheese
  • 1 pint (0.5 l) halved cherry tomatoes
  • One cucumber
  • Two cups of chickpeas
  • 5 cups of sliced red onion
  • One red bell pepper
  • Three cups of arugula
  • 25 cups of chopped parsley

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 cups of lemon juice
  • Two minced cloves garlic
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Mix the chickpeas, tuna, bell pepper, tomatoes, arugula, and cucumber in a bowl. Then, prepare the dressing of garlic, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and pour over the salad. Sprinkle feta cheese and chopped parsley over the top.

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29. Pasta with tuna in a sauce of white wine

Pasta with tuna in a sauce of white wine

Ingredients

  • A package of spaghetti pasta
  • One can of oil-packed tuna
  • 25 cups of dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • A half of a chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Chili pepper flakes
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook the pasta. Put olive oil in a pan and fry chili pepper flakes with onion. Then, add tuna, capers, and wine. Cook the mixture for 10 minutes and then combine it with pasta.

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30. Portable tuna pockets

Portable tuna pockets

Ingredients

  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • One pita, split in half
  • 25 cups of smashed canned beans
  • 25 cups of chopped parsley
  • A half of chopped red bell pepper
  • One chopped celery
  • One chopped tomato
  • One grated carrot
  • 25 tsp cumin powder
  • Pinch turmeric powder
  • Salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add them to the two pita halves.

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31. Tuna with skillet orzo

Tuna with skillet orzo

Ingredients

  • One can of water-packed tuna
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • One lemon juice
  • 5 cups of orzo
  • One can of diced tomatoes
  • One can of cannellini beans
  • One sliced green bell pepper
  • 25 tsp dried oregano
  • One sliced clove garlic
  • Four sliced scallions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Put garlic and scallions to heated olive oil. After a minute, add tomatoes and oregano and keep cooking for another three minutes. Then, add water, orzo, beans, salt, and pepper.

Reduce the heat, cover a pot, and cook everything approximately 15 minutes. Add the bell pepper about three minutes before finishing. In the end, stir lemon juice, tuna, and parsley in the mix before serving.

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