Shoulda, woulda, coulda… try this tuna (recipe)

A true staple in pantries across the world… canned tuna. Remove your first impression of this staple as simply being a last-minute, bland, and boring meal because we’re about to give you a whole bunch of ways to take canned tuna up a notch!

If you have time (who are we kidding? We have all the time in the world during this quarantine), try out these recipes below! Yes, it’ll take a bit of effort but it’ll definitely be worth it.

Emeril’s Kicked-Up Tuna Melts

We all love a good Tuna Melt but here’s an interesting take. According to the recipe, it’ll take a total of only 20 mins! This dish is also perfect for merienda.

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  • 4 cans (5 oz each) of tuna in water, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise, plus add a bit more for spreading
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano, crumbled between fingers
  • 4 slices crusty bread
  • 8 thin slices tomato
  • 4 slices provolone, if you don’t have provolone, can use cheddar, Monterey Jack, or any cheese that melts nicely.

For directions, you can head onto

Fish Tacos

This recipe will be quick and is perfect for any time of the day and yes, canned tuna will work fine!

Photo from The Spruce Eats.


  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp lemon, can use lime juice but fresh-squeezed is preferred)
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 (8z) can of tuna, drained
  • 4 corn tortillas, your choices if soft or hard

For directions, you can head on to The Spruce Eats.

Garlic & Lemon Tuna Pasta

Pasta is always fun to cook, it’s easy and with this recipe, it’s light and healthy too!

Photo from Luci’s Morsels.


  • 4 cups whole wheat rotini pasta or similar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen peas
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 small cans tuna in water

For directions, head on to Luci’s Morsels.

Canned Tuna Sisig

A Filipino classic… tuna sisig! Try making your own at home with this recipe.

Photo from A Yellow Bowl


  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced (you can add more cause personally, there’s no such thing as too much garlic!)
  • 1 large canned tuna in brine, drained, original recipe’s was 200 g
  • 1 tbsp cane vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp lime or calamansi juice
  • 1 tsp Maggi or Knorr seasoning
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper or sliced bird-eye chillies
  • t tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp green onion slices, for garnish

For directions, you can head on to A Yellow Bowl.

Tuna Fried Rice

Add a little flavour to your rice with this canned tuna take.

Photo from Stonesoup


  • 1-2 medium cans of tuna in oil, 200g / 7 oz each
  • 3 cups or 360 g cooked rice
  • 2 handfuls of frozen peas
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • toasted sunflower seeds or nuts, to serve, optional
  • 2 green onions, chopped, optional

For directions, you can head on to Stonesoup.

Lemon Tuna & Olive Oil Pasta

Another pasta recipe! It’s just so easy that we couldn’t resist throwing in another one.

Photo from Real Simple


  • 3/4 lb linguine
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 (6oz) cans of tuna in oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped

For directions, you can head on to Real Simple.

Tuna Melt

Craving for the classic tuna melt? Here’s a quick and simple recipe to satisfy your tummy!

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  • 80g mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chilli flakes, optional
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 pickles, finely chopped
  • 40g red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices bread, sourdough was used for this recipe
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese

For directions, you can head onto

Tuna Patties

If you have kids (or not!) then this is perfect! It’s easy to do with ingredients that you most probably have already in the pantry.

Photo from Simply Recipes


  • 2 cans tuna, 5-6 oz cans
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup white bread, made into small pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water, or the liquid from the tuna cans
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chives or green onions or shallots, chopped
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Tabasco, to your liking
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp butter

For directions, you can head on to Simply Recipes.

Avocado Tuna Salad

Ahh yes, the millenial’s fruit… avocado. Kidding aside, avocados are super healthy as well as delicious when done right. Here’s a recipe you can do that incorporates it.

Photo from The Healthy Maven


  • 2 cans of flaked tuna
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice, or water but add a bit of salt if ever
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For directions, you can head on to The Healthy Maven.

Tuna Roll Ups

Another canned tuna recipe that’s perfect for merienda! They’re healthy and easy to prep!

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  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 (180g) canned tuna chunks in oil, drained
  • 2 tbsp pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 3 small (6-inch) tortillas
  • 6 slices of cheese, chilled
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

For directions, you can head on to

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