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

Updated on March 4, 2020
Shushanik profile image

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 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. Let's get started...

Canned Tuna Recipes

  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

Main Dish Recipes

1. Tuna Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes


  • 0.5 lbs (250 g) of penne pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 14 oz (3 cans) of tuna
  • 14 oz of canned tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • fresh basil


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

2. Tuna Pizza Recipe


  • 7 oz (1.5 cans) of tuna
  • pizza dough
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • mozzarella cheese
  • olives


  1. Preheat the oven to 445 F (230 C).
  2. Put ready to use pizza dough on the aluminium 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.

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


  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 cut on small squares 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 cheese has golden crust.
  10. Serve hot.

Side Dish Recipes

4. Stuffed Mushrooms

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


  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • 4 oz (110 g) of couscous
  • 1 can of canned tuna
  • olive oil


  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.

5. Mashed Potato with Canned Tuna


  • 14 oz (3 cans) of tuna
  • 4 oz (110 g) of mushrooms
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) of mashed potato
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • dried herbs of your choice
  • 4 oz (110 g) of Cheddar cheese


  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, add tuna and tomato paste. Mix everything.
  4. Add spices and herbs of your choice.
  5. Put mashed potato on top and shredded Cheddar cheese on top of potato.
  6. Bake everything in the oven for 15 minutes.

Salad Recipes

6. Tuna Salad Recipe with Feta and Rice


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


  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.

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.


  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/3 of glass of rice
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 of onion
  • mayonnaise
  • salt
  • pepper


  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 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.

8. Tuna Egg Salad with Potato and Green Beans


  • 1 can of tuna
  • 12 oz (250 g) of green beans (frozen)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 potatoes
  • 0.25 lbs (100 g) of blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • dill


  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, potatoes, shred cheese, mash tuna with the fork and mix everything together.
  5. Add dressing and mix once again. Enjoy.

Snacks Recipes

9. Tuna Roll (Mexican Style)


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


  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 as a filling to warm tortillas. Cut tortillas on small snack portions. Enjoy!

10. Tuna Dip


  • 7 oz (1.5 cans) of canned tuna
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • small pack of sour cream
  • dill
  • curry


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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What great tuna recipes. I will certainly bookmark this page. I have never heard or thought of mixing tuna with mashed potatoes, but it sounds and looks delicious. I love tuna fish and it is so healthy and full of protein. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

    • FullOfLoveSites profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Tuna is always my favorite... I could never go wrong with it. The only other way I know in preparing a canned tuna-based dish (aside from tuna salad ) is the one with soy sauce with lots of onion rings. Thanks for your new ideas! :)

    • MarthaACheves profile image

      Martha A. Cheves 

      6 years ago

      I always keep tuna in the pantry. I love it just about any way it's worked up. These look delicious!

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Tasty ideas! I'm going to pin these to try!

    • beingwell profile image


      7 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! Yummy hub! I want that tuna salad recipe with feta. I'll exclude the rice, though. I want it on bread!

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      We've got quite a lot of cans of of tuna (we've forgotten that we already have many) and aside from the usual tuna spread we just don't know what other things we might do with canned tuna. I'm surprised about its versatility. Thanks for posting. Up, useful, awesome, shared and bookmarked too. :)

    • rjsadowski profile image


      7 years ago

      what a wonderful collection of tuna recipes. i will save them for future reference.

    • kerlynb profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Bookmarked :) I LOVE yellowfish tuna and canned tuna of various kinds. They're tasty and healthy. Voting your hub up and useful!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)