Beyond Tuna Fish Sandwiches: 7 New Things to Do with Canned Tuna

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March 30, 2021

By Sheela Prakash

Canned tuna is one of the most valuable ingredients you can keep stocked in your pantry. Yes, you know of this trusty staple as a sandwich filler, but that’s just the beginning. The protein-rich and healthy fat-laden fish can be transformed into countless meals that taste good and are good for you. Here are 7 recipes to inspire you to break out a can or two and go beyond the usual.

Avocado Chickpea Tuna Salad from Recipe Runner

This mayo-free tuna salad is still nice and creamy thanks to chunks of buttery avocado in the mix. It’s also packed with protein since there’s a can of chickpeas thrown in. What’s more is red onion and parsley add zest, and the whole thing is tied together with a honey-sweetened Dijon vinaigrette.

Tuna noodle casserole
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Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole from Kitchn

If tuna noodle casserole took a vacation to the Mediterranean, this is how it would return. This lighter, healthier version is full of artichokes, olives, and herbs — it’s a fresh take on the classic that’s still totally comforting.

Easy Canned Tuna Patties from Every Last Bite

If you love crab cakes, consider this recipe the ultimate budget-friendly alternative. While regular flour is usually used as a binder, here almond flour is called for, which keeps these patties gluten-free. Also, feel free to swap out the fresh parsley for another herb like cilantro or tarragon, if that’s what you have on hand, or it’s what you prefer.

Pasta with tuna and capers
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Pasta with Tuna and Capers in White Wine Sauce from Simply Recipes

Using canned tuna as the base for a pantry pasta sauce is an old Italian trick that’s well worth adopting. Here it’s joined with briny capers, onion, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a splash or white wine for a meal that fast yet feels truly fancy.

Italian Tuna & Green Bean Salad from Coley Cooks

This light salad of crisp-tender green beans, sliced red onion, and flaked tuna is dressed simply with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. After one bite you’ll find it really doesn’t need more than that to make it satisfy.

Tuna avocado melts
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Tuna Avocado Melts from Little Broken

While most tuna melts are rich and a bit decadent, this twist is totally feel-good. It’s made open-faced with whole grain toast and swaps most of the mayo for mashed avocado and tangy Dijon. Don’t worry, though, it’s still got the signature sliced tomato and melted cheese.

Tuna, White Bean and Arugula Sandwich from Rachael Ray in Season

Creamy white beans are a natural match with tuna. Here, arugula, chopped tomato, red onion, parsley, and lemon juice join them in a Mediterranean-inspired sandwich that’s a far cry from your usual tuna sandwich.


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