Delicious Tuna Buns Recipe

Updated on July 27, 2020
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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

Yummy homemade tuna buns for a weekend lunch or afternoon snack
Yummy homemade tuna buns for a weekend lunch or afternoon snack

Homemade Tuna Buns

As much as I love sweet buns, I also love savory buns.

Back when I was a student, one of the staple food items in my pantry was canned tuna. I loved how versatile tuna was. You can eat it right away from the can, or you can jazz it up with other ingredients to create a salad or pasta dish.

Over the weekend, I decided to make tuna buns for lunch. I used canned tuna in water, but you can also use tuna in olive oil. Either way, be sure to drain the liquid from the tuna before preparing this recipe.

These tuna buns are delicious to serve warm. Save any remaining buns by wrapping them individually with cling wrap; they will keep well at room temperature for a day. To keep them longer, place them in the fridge and warm them in the oven before serving.

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten, for egg wash

For the tuna filling:

  • 1 can tuna, drained (I used unflavored tuna in water))
  • 1 green serrano pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • Sesame seeds, for topping

My weekend lunch on the porch. Warm and soft tuna buns are delicious!
My weekend lunch on the porch. Warm and soft tuna buns are delicious!

Directions

  1. Prepare for the tuna filling: In a bowl, combine the tuna, chopped onion, serrano pepper, red onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, and mayonnaise. Mix with a spoon until it's well combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and put it in the fridge.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Stir to combine. Let the yeast mixture rests for 5 minutes or until it's foamy.
  3. Combine the flour, egg, and butter into the yeast mixture. Transfer the mixing bowl to a stand mixer with a hook attachment.
  4. Mix at low speed for 2 minutes to combine. Continue mixing at medium speed until it's well combined or forms a dough. If it's too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time.
  5. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap. Let it sit for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  6. When the dough is ready to divide and shape, take out the tuna filling from the fridge.
  7. Deflate the dough and divide it into 12 equal-sized portions. Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten each portion to a 1/4-inch thickness. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the tuna mixture in the center of the dough.
  8. Fold the edges over the center and pull it over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, tucking the ends underneath to close. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  9. Arrange the dough balls on a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise again for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  11. Brush the surface of the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.

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In a bowl, combine the tuna, chopped onion, serrano pepper, red onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, and mayonnaise. Mix with a spoon until it's well combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and put it in the fridge.In a mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Stir to combine. Combine the flour and butter into the yeast mixture.If the dough too sticky, add one tablespoon of flour at a time. Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized portions.Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten each portion into 1/4 inch thickness. I used my hands. Spoon about a tablespoon of the tuna mixture in the center of the dough.Fold the edges over the center and pull it over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, tucking the ends underneath to close.Arrange the dough balls on a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.Brush the surface of the dough with the egg wash.Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.The buns are ready. Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.Enjoy the warm tuna buns for lunch or a snack!
In a bowl, combine the tuna, chopped onion, serrano pepper, red onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, and mayonnaise.
In a bowl, combine the tuna, chopped onion, serrano pepper, red onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, and mayonnaise.
Mix with a spoon until it's well combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and put it in the fridge.
Mix with a spoon until it's well combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and put it in the fridge.
In a mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Stir to combine.
In a mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Stir to combine.
Combine the flour and butter into the yeast mixture.
Combine the flour and butter into the yeast mixture.
If the dough too sticky, add one tablespoon of flour at a time.
If the dough too sticky, add one tablespoon of flour at a time.
Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized portions.
Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized portions.
Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten each portion into 1/4 inch thickness. I used my hands.
Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten each portion into 1/4 inch thickness. I used my hands.
Spoon about a tablespoon of the tuna mixture in the center of the dough.
Spoon about a tablespoon of the tuna mixture in the center of the dough.
Fold the edges over the center and pull it over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, tucking the ends underneath to close.
Fold the edges over the center and pull it over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, tucking the ends underneath to close.
Arrange the dough balls on a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.
Arrange the dough balls on a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.
Brush the surface of the dough with the egg wash.
Brush the surface of the dough with the egg wash.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
The buns are ready.
The buns are ready.
Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.
Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.
Enjoy the warm tuna buns for lunch or a snack!
Enjoy the warm tuna buns for lunch or a snack!

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      You're welcome, Thelma. The recipe is very simple, I bet you have no problem making these delicious tuna buns at home. I hope you'll make it. Thank you for commenting. Have a nice weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      13 days ago from Germany and Philippines

      I have not tried eating tuna buns but I am sure that I will love this as I love tuna in a sandwich. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I would love to try this.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Shawindi, thank you. You'll love it!

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      Shawindi Silva 

      2 weeks ago from Sri lanka

      I love your recipe and I'm going to try it!!!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Linda, tuna bun filling is one of the popular snacks in Malaysia. I have made a bunch of tuna sandwiches, but I never made tuna bun. Last weekend I tried making them at home for lunch, and they were delicious! Yes, they are perfect for picnic food too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I don't think I've ever eaten buns with a tuna filling before. I like the idea very much. They would be a lovely snack or meal addition and a great picnic food

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Rachel, you're welcome. I hope you will enjoy making these tuna buns for your family. Thank you for commenting.

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 weeks ago

      What a clever idea. I will be posting it. I'm sure my family will love it too. Thank you Liza.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Yasmin, thank you for commenting. The tuna bun was delicious. Yes, it was pretty easy to make. If you don't prefer tuna, you can substitute with something else.

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      zehra 

      2 weeks ago from Pakistan

      It is really looking so delicious and quite easy to make

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Peggy, you're welcome. We had these tuna buns for our last weekend lunch! I agree they are perfect for as a picnic food too. I thought of making them more next weekend because they are so easy to make. The filling can be substituted with hotdogs too.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Manuela, these tuna buns are perfect for snacking and picnic! I hope you will try to make them. Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      These tuna buns would make a perfect picnic food, lunch, or snack item. Thanks for your recipe. Canned tuna is something that we also always keep on hand.

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      Manuela 

      2 weeks ago from Portugal

      It seems great for a snack and simple to do. thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Lorna, you're welcome. The tuna buns were tasty. We loved how soft the buns were and the fresh tuna filling was yummy! Thank you for commenting, Lorna.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Umesh, thank you for stopping by. The tuna buns were tasty!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Lakshmi, thanks for commenting. Yea, the tuna buns were delicious!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Nella, thank you for commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      They look delicious and not too difficult to make. Perfect for lunch or a snack. Thank you for sharing Liza.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Must be tasty and delicious. Well presented.

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      Lakshmi 

      2 weeks ago from Chennai

      Looks delicious...

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      Nella DiCarlo 

      2 weeks ago from Guelph, Ontario

      These look great! Nice

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