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Canned Tuna: Main Dish, Side Dish, Salad, and Snack Recipes

Shushanik enjoys sharing recipes of dishes from her home country. She also likes discovering new dishes and sharing them with her readers.

Tuna can be used in surprising ways. Read on to find some amazing recipes.

Tuna can be used in surprising ways. Read on to find some amazing recipes.

Canned Tuna Recipes

Canned tuna is not just a meal for a rainy (or lazy) day. It is very nutritious and can be used in a variety of dishes. I've already written an article on a tuna sandwich recipe, where I presented three different sandwich recipes using tuna. Today, I'll be sharing more canned tuna recipes. You can use these for a variety of occasions. They are rather quick and easy to make:

  1. Tuna Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes
  2. Tuna Pizza Recipe
  3. Baked Eggplants with Canned Tuna
  4. Stuffed Mushrooms
  5. Mashed Potato with Canned Tuna
  6. Tuna Salad Recipe with Feta and Rice
  7. Salad "Heart"
  8. Tuna Egg Salad with Potato and Green Beans
  9. Tuna Roll (Mexican Style)
  10. Tuna Dip

Let's get started!

Tuna pasta

Tuna pasta

1. Tuna Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes

  • 0.5 pound (250 grams) of penne pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 14 ounces (3 cans) of tuna
  • 14 oz of canned tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Cook penne pasta.
  2. Chop onion and fry it in olive oil until soft.
  3. Add sliced canned tomatoes to the onion and cook for several minutes.
  4. Add tuna and torn basil. Warm everything a little bit.
  5. Add everything to pasta. Enjoy.
Tuna pizza

Tuna pizza

2. Tuna Pizza Recipe

  • 7 ounces (1.5 cans) of tuna
  • Pizza dough
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Olives

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 445°F (230°C).
  2. Put the ready-to-use pizza dough on the aluminum foil and on the oven tray.
  3. Spread tomato paste on the dough.
  4. Spread shredded or thinly sliced mozzarella cheese.
  5. Put tuna and olives.
  6. Spread mozzarella cheese once again.
  7. Bake until golden brown.
Baked eggplants with canned tuna

Baked eggplants with canned tuna

3. Baked Eggplants with Canned Tuna

  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Margarine
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. Cut eggplants in half and hollow them out (don't throw the flesh away!)
  3. Prepare the filling: heat olive oil on the frying pan and fry tuna, chopped onion and chopped eggplant flesh. Add salt, pepper and oregano.
  4. Stuff hollowed eggplants with the filling.
  5. Prepare baking dish: put a little bit of margarine on the bottom, and slices of tomatoes.
  6. Put stuffed eggplants on the tomatoes in a baking dish and add bread crumbs on top.
  7. Put everything into the heated oven for 30 minutes.
  8. In 30 minutes take everything out and put shredded cheese on top of the eggplants.
  9. Put in the oven again and wait until the cheese has a golden crust.
  10. Serve hot.
Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

4. Stuffed Mushrooms

This is one of those canned tuna recipes with which you can surprise your guests. It's not only delicious but it also looks wonderful. Double or triple the ingredients to get more portions of stuffed mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) of couscous
  • 1 can of canned tuna
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  2. Cook couscous.
  3. Mix cooked couscous with tuna.
  4. Hollow out Portobello mushrooms.
  5. Brush mushroom heads with olive oil, fill in with couscous tuna mixture and bake for 15 minutes.
Mashed potato with canned tuna

Mashed potato with canned tuna

5. Mashed Potato with Canned Tuna

  • 14 ounces (3 cans) of tuna
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) of mushrooms
  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of mashed potato
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • Dried herbs of your choice
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) of cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  2. Cut mushrooms and fry them in olive oil until soft.
  3. Put mushrooms into the baking dish and add tuna and tomato paste. Mix everything.
  4. Add spices and herbs of your choice.
  5. Put the mashed potato on top and shredded cheddar cheese on top of the potato.
  6. Bake everything in the oven for 15 minutes.
Tuna salad with feta and rice

Tuna salad with feta and rice

6. Tuna Salad Recipe with Feta and Rice

  • 7 ounces (1.5 cans) of canned tuna
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of feta cheese
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 spring onions
  • 10 ounces (275 grams) of cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins
  • 4 tablespoons of French dressing

Instructions

  1. Slice feta cheese on squares, slice cherry tomatoes and cut spring onion.
  2. Mix it with cooked (boiled) rice.
  3. Add tuna and capers.
  4. Add raisins and French dressing.
  5. Stir before serving. Enjoy.
Salad "heart"

Salad "heart"

7. Salad "Heart"

This is one of those canned tuna recipes which you definitely can use for a romantic dinner or for St. Valentine's Day. It's not only tasty but looks extremely beautiful.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/3 cup of rice
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 of onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix tuna and corn together (without the liquid).
  2. Boil rice in salted water, and once ready, add it as well.
  3. Add chopped cucumber and onion.
  4. Add salt, pepper and mayonnaise. Mix everything.
  5. Shape the salad in form of a heart.
  6. Blend red bell pepper in a blender.
  7. Press blended bell pepper to get rid of the juice and put a thick layer of it on top of the salad.
  8. You can decorate the salad with the nuts and dill.
Tuna egg salad with potato and green beans

Tuna egg salad with potato and green beans

8. Tuna Egg Salad with Potato and Green Beans

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 12 ounces (250 grams) of green beans (frozen)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 potatoes
  • 0.25 pounds (100 grams) of blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Dill

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: cut dill, mix with olive oil and leave for 30 minutes (the more, the better).
  2. Boil the green beans.
  3. Boil eggs and potatoes.
  4. Cut tomatoes, eggs, and potatoes, shred cheese, mash tuna with the fork and mix everything together.
  5. Add dressing and mix once again. Enjoy.
Tuna roll (Mexican-style)

Tuna roll (Mexican-style)

9. Tuna Roll (Mexican-Style)

  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • Chili spice
  • 14 ounces (3 cans) of tuna
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 4 tortillas

Instructions

  1. Chop bell pepper and onion.
  2. Mix mayonnaise with a pinch of chili spice, and add chopped pepper and onion to it.
  3. Add tuna and kidney beans.
  4. Mix everything and use it as a filling to warm tortillas. Cut tortillas into small snack portions. Enjoy!
Tuna dip

Tuna dip

10. Tuna Dip

  • 7 ounces (1.5 cans) of canned tuna
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • Small pack of sour cream
  • Dill
  • Curry

Instructions

  1. Mix mayonnaise with sour cream, add dill and curry, and add tuna.
  2. Mix everything with a fork and blend until everything is perfectly blended together.
  3. Cool and serve with crispy bread, carrot and celery.