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10 Tasty Ways to Make Canned Tuna Gourmet

Canned tuna is capable of so much more than tuna sandwiches or salads. Elevate a simple can of tuna to wonderful new heights with these budget-friendly, tasty recipes for any occasion!

Canned tuna is one of those pantry ingredients that is always reliable for a quick dinner idea, but it's not often the first one you reach for when you're fully stocked. We're here to rehabilitate tuna's reputation: With the right recipe, there's no reason to relegate canned tuna to a "last minute" meal option.

Asian Tuna Salad

Asian Tuna Salad

Asian Tuna Salad by Simply Recipes
Not every tuna salad recipe comes packed with mayonnaise. Try this colorful Asian-inspired tuna salad that delivers a variety of flavors with green onions, radishes, and carrots. It's topped with rice vinegar and sesame oil and tastes great served chilled, making it perfect for a summer picnic or family gathering.


Salad Niçoise

Salad Niçoise

Salad Niçoise by The Kitchn
This recipe is a classic French dish that is always a crowd pleaser. It's typically made with canned tuna, lettuce, green beans, anchovies, eggs, and olives, but you can add or subtract items to suit your taste. Experiment with radishes, red bell peppers, avocados, corn, or artichoke hearts to make it your own. There’s something for everyone in salad niçoise, so this beautiful dish is great for a potluck or dinner party.

Gluten Free Tuna Casserole

Gluten Free Tuna Casserole

Gluten Free Tuna Casserole by Simply Gluten Free
Tuna casserole is definitely an American comfort food. Many traditional tuna casseroles are made with creamy canned soup, heavy cream, and butter, making it a high in fat and calories. To lighten it up, this recipe uses gluten-free chicken broth and pasta, low-fat milk, and extra-virgin olive oil. If you want to mix it up, add some fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, or mushrooms.

Tuna Melts with Olive Oil Mayonnaise & Parmesan

Tuna Melts with Olive Oil Mayonnaise & Parmesan

Tuna Melts with Olive Oil Mayonnaise & Parmesan by The Kitchn
This recipe definitely puts a twist on a traditional tuna salad sandwich. Olive oil mayonnaise, canned tuna, hard-boiled eggs, capers, fresh parsley, and lemon juice pack this tuna salad full of flavor. Put this salad on a fresh French baguette, top it with freshly shredded cheddar cheese, and finish under a broiler to enjoy these as kicked-up tuna melts!

Penne with Tuna and Spicy Mustard

Penne with Tuna and Spicy Mustard

Penne with Tuna and Spicy Mustard by Serious Eats
Four ingredients go a long way in this tuna pasta recipe. Use canned tuna packed in oil (as opposed to water), and be sure to save the oil from the tuna. The tuna is paired with spicy whole-grain mustard and, mixed with the tuna oil, it coats the penne pasta for a surprisingly tasty flavor combination. It's just spicy enough to enjoy without overwhelming the natural flavor of the tuna.

Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad

Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad

Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad by Eat at Home
This light tuna tomato salad is ideal for a hot day. The tuna is served over avocado slices, along with tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and a light vinaigrette dressing. It's the perfect, easy recipe for picnics, patio lunches, or an afternoon snack.

Tuna Nicoise Pasta

Tuna Nicoise Pasta

Tuna Nicoise Pasta by Framed Cooks
Traditionally, tuna niçoise doesn't include pasta, but this recipe adds pasta and replaces the olives with capers for a more filling meal. The pasta is tossed with oil from the tuna, mustard, and vinegar to create a light sauce that can be served warm or chilled. Try pairing it with fresh bread or a light salad to complete the meal.


Tuna Panzanella Salad

Tuna Panzanella Salad

Tuna Panzanella Salad by Framed Cooks
This dish tastes as good as it looks – and you can make it in 20 minutes! Cubes of toasted bread, tomatoes, fresh herbs, cucumber, and red onion bring this salad to life. You can use tuna packed in water if you prefer, but using oil-packed tuna is much more flavorful, as it coats the rest of the ingredients with flavor. Traditional panzanella uses stale bread to soak up the dressing for croutons so tasty you'll want to eat them on their own — but toasted bread works just as well for this Italian favorite.


Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce by Simply Recipes
Buttery tomato sauce, pasta shells, ricotta cheese, a parmesan crust, and tuna fish – this recipe adds plenty of flair to traditional pasta dishes. Top with fresh basil and enjoy! Serve with garlic bread for an easy weeknight dinner – and the leftovers are perfect for a quick lunch.

White Bean and Tuna Salad

White Bean and Tuna Salad

White Bean and Tuna Salad by Mel's Kitchen Cafe
This tuna salad is as versatile as it is delicious. It's healthy, light, and can be served so many ways. Use it as a midday snack, lunch, dinner, or appetizer. The Tabasco sauce adds just the right amount of kick. If you want to get creative, serve with crackers, or toss it with baby spinach.


Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole by Skinnytaste
This recipe lightens up the traditional calorie-laden classic and skips the fattening, processed canned soup with homemade white sauce, canned tuna, peas, and mushrooms. Mix in cheddar cheese and top with Italian bread crumbs for an inexpensive, delicious dinner even kids will enjoy!

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Tuna is one of our favorite pantry staples and there are thousands more enchanting ways to make it delicious.

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