21 Best Canned Tuna Recipes

This collection of top canned tuna recipes is a must-have for creating effortless meals, speedy lunches, weeknight dinners, and appetizers for any gathering. Canned tuna is a versatile and affordable pantry staple, bursting with flavor, that can elevate your cooking game.

Post includes recipes that are suitable for gluten free, low carb, and keto diets. Weight Watchers points included in some recipes

A collage of images of dishes made with canned tuna

Love tuna and need inspiration for some easy canned tuna recipes? Then look no further than this post which gives you plenty of recipes.

The humble canned tuna is a really good choice for easy meals for busy weeknights, dinners, lunches, and more.

And while fresh tuna has its place (looking at you, ahi tuna and tuna steak), the canned equivalent is one that should be one of those must-have pantry staples.

And to get even more from your pantry items, check out my Canned Chicken Recipes, Canned Green Beans Recipes, and Canned Corn Recipes.

Why Cook With Canned Tuna

  • This is a budget friendly option, and it is easy to keep a few cans in your pantry within arms reach.
  • Great for having on hand for easy meal prep for a quick and easy dinner.
  • It is easy to substitute into fresh tuna recipes where the recipe calls for flaky fish.
  • In some instances, you can easily substitute canned tuna for salmon, like in a tuna salad or tuna pasta, and more.

Notes For Canned Tuna

There are many differences in the canned foods product you buy. You get choices like flaky tuna or chunky tuna, fish packed in oil or water or tomato sauce, smoked fish, and more.

I prefer different versions depending on the final recipe. I suggest you try out a few to see which you like best.

So, are we ready to cook up the best canned fish recipes?! Then read on to find out more about…

The Best Recipes For Canned Tuna

Click on the links in blue to be taken to the recipes with canned tuna.

1. Tuna Noodle Casserole

a serving of cheesy tuna casserole on a white plate with a fork

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is a classic dish with a homey, nostalgic feel that the whole family will love.

Especially as this hearty Tuna Casserole is budget friendly, delicious, and easily feeds a crowd.

And you can’t go wrong with an easy dish that combines your well-loved canned, frozen, and dried goods link crunchy breadcrumbs with buttery egg noodles and aaaaaaaaall the cheese.  

Great for meal prep and prep ahead for busy weeknights.

Get The Recipe Here.

2. Air Fryer Fish Patties (Use Tuna)

Air Fryer Tuna stacked on top of one another.

If you love Air Fryers then this easy peasy Air Fryer Fish Patties recipe is for you.

Whilst these are made with canned salmon, you can easily swap out the salmon for canned tuna.

They are golden brown and super crispy on the outside, whilst managing to stay tender and flaky inside.

Bonus is you can whip up these in less than 15 minutes using ingredients you already own so a great quick dinner. Serve it with a dip or two and tomatoes and sliced avocado and you are good to go.

Get The Recipe Here.

3. Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

Creamy tuna pasta in a white serving bowl with garnish.

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad is a really budget-friendly pantry recipe that’s easily whipped up and very adaptable with the ingredients you already have at home!

The addition of bell peppers and fresh herbs like dill really make this recipe stand out.

Quick and easy, so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners, meal prep, or bringing along to potlucks and picnics and lunch on the go.

Better yet, this can be made on the stovetop or your trusted Instant Pot.

Get The Recipe Here.

4. Tuna Potato Salad

Tuna Potato Salad in a white salad bowl with serving spoons.
Photo Credit – Maple and Mango

Check out this tuna potato salad recipe!!!

It’s a complete meal that’s perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner. You’ll love the mix of baby potatoes, green beans, tuna, radishes, and red onion, all tossed together with a delicious dill buttermilk dressing.

Get The Recipe Here.

5. Fennel Cucumber Bites With Creamy Tuna

Fennel Cucumber bites on a wooden serving board.
Photo Credit – My Chefs Apron

Prepare to savor this effortless canned tuna appetizer that’s crunchy, creamy, and packed with salty and naturally sweet flavors.

Fresh European cucumber and raw fennel provide a delicate sweetness and anise-like flavor that perfectly complements the soft Brie cheese mixed into the tuna. You’ll get a hearty Mediterranean topping that’s simply irresistible.

Don’t wait any longer. Try this appetizer today and taste the goodness!

Get The Recipe Here.

6. Tuna Mac And Cheese

Tuna Mac and Cheese in a black plate with garnish.
Photo Credit – The Fast Recipe

Elevate your simple homemade mac and cheese by adding canned tuna.

It’s a delicious recipe that’s simple but effective, and I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese!

Best of all, you don’t even need to go shopping – this comforting and warming meal is made entirely from pantry ingredients. What a win!

Get The Recipe Here.

7. Tuna Paté

Tuna Pate in a white dip bowl with crackers around it.
Photo Credit – My Morning Mocha

Looking to add some MEGA taste to your canned tuna???

Then you need to make this homemade tuna pate! It’s an incredibly easy recipe that only takes 10 minutes to make.

Give your tinned tuna a new life and impress your taste buds. Your mouth will thank you!

Get The Recipe Here.

8. Tuna And Ricotta Frittata

Tuna And Ricotta Frittata, with one slice being served with a lifter.
Photo Credit – Like Hot Keto

Looking for a practical and delicious high-protein keto meal that’s great any time of day? Look no further than this creamy and custardy tuna frittata!

Filled with ricotta cheese and packed full of flavor it’s a sophisticated canned tuna recipe that’s surprisingly easy to make.

Plus, it’s practical for on-the-go meals and can even be enjoyed cold. Don’t believe us? Give it a try and taste the deliciousness for yourself!

Get The Recipe Here.

9. Kimchi Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Kimchi Tuna Melt Quesadilla on a pink plate.
Photo Credit – Just Gimme Fries

How about this for a tasty combination – soft, melty cheese, creamy tuna salad, and a touch of subtle heat from some kimchi, all piled onto a crispy tortilla.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Get The Recipe Here.

10. Cheesy Tuna Casserole

Cheesy Tuna Casserole in a black frying pan.
Photo Credit – Add Salt And Serve

Looking for a yummy and easy family dinner that won’t break the bank? Try this Cheeeeesy Tuna Casserole!

Not only is it kid-friendly and delicious, but it also goes from pantry to table in under 30 minutes.

And if you use an oven-safe skillet, clean-up is a breeze – no need for separate bowls or casserole dishes. Just creamy, cheeeeesy comfort food that’s perfect for any night of the week.

Get The Recipe Here.

11. Spicy Tuna Bowls

Spicy Tuna Bowl in a white bowl with a silver fork.
Photo Credit – Chef Savvy

Love Spicy Tuna Rolls? Then you’re going to love them in bowl form!

These Spicy Tuna Bowls are loaded with fluffy white rice, tangy pickled carrots, and refreshing cucumbers, all mixed with canned tuna fish and tossed in homemade spicy mayo.

Perfect for meal prep lunches or easy dinners, these bowls are a great way to enjoy all the flavors of your favorite sushi roll.

Get The Recipe Here.

12. Tuna Stuffed Avocado

Two Tuna Stuffed Avocados on a white plate with limes in a green bowl.
Photo Credit – Kalyn’s Kitchen

Looking for a tasty and refreshing dinner idea that won’t leave you slaving over a hot stove? Try this Tuna Stuffed Avocado!

Packed with zesty cilantro and lime flavors, it’s the perfect dish for those sweltering hot days when you just can’t bear to cook.

You’ll love this quick and easy meal any time of year.

Get The Recipe Here.

13. Sushi Bake

Sushi Bake in a casserole dish with a serving spoon.
Photo Credit – Greedy Girl Gourmet

Want to enjoy the flavors of sushi without having to worry about the rolling process? Try making a Sushi Bake!

This easy-to-prepare Asian casserole is rich and creamy, and it’s even customizable to add a bit of heat if you like it spicy.

This pantry-friendly recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family at your next gathering. And the best part? It only takes 20 minutes to prepare (excluding rice cooking time).

Get The Recipe Here.

14. Tuna Croquettes

Tuna Croquettes on a white plate with garnish.
Photo Credit – Muy Delish

Get ready to taste the best seafood appetizer ever! These Croquetas De Atún aka Tuna Croquettes are crispy on the outside and incredibly tender on the inside.

Perfect for serving at a party or as a main dish. You can’t go wrong with this versatile and easy-to-make recipe.

Get The Recipe Here.

15. Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats on a baking tray.
Photo Credit – The Honour System

Get ready for these delicious and healthy stuffed zucchini boats! Loaded with flavorful tuna and ooey-gooey cheese, this keto-friendly recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a low-carb dinner option.

Plus, it’s super quick and easy to prepare, so you can enjoy it on those busy weeknights. Best of all, you can have this tasty dish on the table in just under 30 minutes!

Get The Recipe Here.

16. Tuna Veggie Wrap With Hummus

Four Tuna Veggie Wraps With Hummus wrapped in paper with toothpicks.
Photo Credit – Killing Thyme

This Tuna Wrap with Hummus and Veggies is a protein-packed power lunch!

Loaded with a bounty of colorful vegetables and creamy hummus, this wrap is the perfect balance of nutrition and is so delicious!!!

Get The Recipe Here.

17. Tuna Caesar Salad

Close up view of Tuna Caesar Salad in a white salad bowl.
Photo Credit – Salad On A Roll

Put a tasty spin on the classic Caesar salad with this recipe that adds a satisfying and savory twist – our star ingredient canned tuna!

Perfect for a quick, light lunch or dinner. The combination of crispy lettuce, garlicky croutons, tangy dressing, Parmesan, and hearty tuna makes for a oh so satisfying meal.

Get The Recipe Here.

18. Tuna White Bean Salad with Artichokes

Tuna White Bean Salad with Artichokes in a white bowl with serving spoons.
Photo Credit – From A Chefs Kitchen

Say goodbye to your usual boring tuna salad and say hello to this healthy, mayo-free Tuna, White Bean Salad with Artichokes!

It’s a quick and light lunch option that you can make in under 30 minutes with simple pantry ingredients.

The addition of artichokes and white beans elevates the flavors and gives it a delicious twiiiist.

Get The Recipe Here.

19. Tacos de Atún (Canned Tuna Tacos)

Tacos de Atún (Canned Tuna Tacos) on a blue serving plate.
Photo Credit – Thrift And Spice

Transform that plain canned tuna in your pantry into a flavorful and budget-friendly meal with these Tacos de Atún!

These scrumptious canned tuna tacos are easy to make and are bursting with flavor, making them the perfect meal for any day of the week.

Get The Recipe Here.

20. Tuna Jalapeno Poppers

Tuna Jalapeno Poppers in a white plate with a white dipping sauce.
Photo Credit – Babaganosh

Spice up your snack game with Tuna Jalapeño Poppers!

These bite-sized treats are a step up from your typical jalapeño poppers, with the added goodness of canned tuna.

The creamy mixture of cream cheese, cheese, and jalapeños becomes even more flavorful with the addition of tuna, giving it a meaty and mouthwatering texture you have to try now!

Get The Recipe Here.

21. Tuna Ragu

Tuna Ragu in a blue and white patterned bowl.
Photo Credit – Mangia With Michele

Transport your taste buds to Sicily with this easy and flavorful Tuna Ragu with Bucatini!

This pasta dish features a savory tomato-based sauce made with tender tuna, enhanced with a touch of anchovy, garlic, white wine, and fresh herbs.

It’s the perfect weeknight dinner that can be made using pantry staples.

Get The Recipe Here.

Soooo, which one of these canned tuna fish recipes will you choose to make first?!

For More Fish Recipes

Looking for even more? Then try these delicious fish recipes the whole family will love.

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