Canned tuna is one of those items that I always have in my pantry. I usually buy a multi-pack so that I can always have it on hand.
Tuna is the perfect easy to prepare protein that is good for so many recipes! It's already fully cooked, healthy, and totally delicious!
If you've been on the hunt for ways to use your canned tuna, this round up is for you! I've pulled together 50 delish canned tuna recipe ideas to give you a reason to pull that tuna out of your pantry!
Canned Tuna Recipe Ideas
1. Tuna Skillet Casserole
This Tuna Skillet Casserole is an easy, one pan meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes. Creamy, warm and hearty, this classic dish will quickly become a dinner-time favorite!
2. Best Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole
Easy tuna noodle casserole in your Instant Pot is a family favorite.
3. The Best Tuna Casserole Recipe
This Tuna Casserole Recipe is pure, classic comfort food. Delicious tuna, noodles and peas in a cheesy, creamy homemade sauce with a crunchy cracker crumb topping.
4. Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake
If you’re looking for a simple, creamy tuna pasta bake recipe made with pantry staples, this is the one!
5. Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole (from scratch)
This old-time classic tuna casserole will bring you right back to childhood. Budget-friendly and easy to double for a crowd!
6. Tuna Casserole Recipe For One
This wonderful tuna casserole is made with a rich and creamy homemade sauce, noodles, and just 1 can of tuna. It’s the ultimate single serving comfort food!
7. Easy Cheesy Tuna Casserole
This hearty warming Cheesy Tuna Casserole recipe is an easy pantry staple dinner you can whip up in less than an hour. It is great for meal prep and freezer friendly too.
8. Ultimate Tuna Casserole
The Ultimate Tuna Casserole is comfort food at it's finest. It's sure to please even the pickiest of eaters and easy to put together any night of the week.
9. Crock Pot Tuna Casserole
This Crock Pot Tuna Casserole makes preparing this classic American dish even easier. It is also a great solution for the warm summer months. No need to heat up your house with baking.
TUNA PATTIES AND CAKES
10. Tuna Cakes with Yogurt Tartar Slaw
This Tuna Cake recipe transforms canned tuna into gorgeous golden tuna patties that are served alongside a lightened-up tartar sauce inspired cole slaw. Pile it all on a bun to make a tasty tuna burger!
11. Chili Lime Tuna Fishcakes (Gluten-Free)
Elevated fishcakes with a zesty twist! Chili Lime Tuna Fishcakes that are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, & soy-free, without the oil and baked in the oven. With a secret nutty ingredient for a super flavor-packed & healthy recipe your family will love for dinner or lunch!
12. Easy Tuna Patties Recipe
These easy Tuna Patties are a delicious way to make a healthy meal out of canned tuna. They are a perfectly seasoned high protein lunch or dinner meal idea.
13. Easy Tuna Burgers
These homemade tuna burgers are delicious and super easy to make: with their unique texture, they pair really well with a soft bun and other spicy or crunchy bits to create a tasty burger experience that will conquer everyone at your dinner table! Plus you will only need 6 ingredients to make them (spices included!).
14. Healthy Tuna Patties
Tuna patties with Old Bay seasoning are easy to make and so delicious! These healthy patties are packed with nutrients and flavor!
15. Asian Tuna Cakes with Kimchi Mayo Aioli
30 Minute Chickpea and Hearts of Palm Asian Tuna Cakes make for an easy low fuss weeknight meal. Minimal clean up and maximum flavor. Serve with a kimchi mayo aioli. GF + DF.
16. The Best Tuna Patties
A quick, easy, and budget-friendly recipe for tuna patties that are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and bursting with tons of flavor from simple ingredients like onion, mustard, spices, and fresh lemon.
17. Spinach and Feta Tuna Wrap
Light, fresh, and full of flavor, this Spinach and Feta Tuna Wrap made with wild caught tuna packed in olive oil, fresh spinach, and a cool feta dressing is my go-to healthy summer meal!
18. Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps with Lemon, Dill & Black Pepper Mayo
Breathe new life into your old tuna salad with these Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps with Lemon, Dill and Black Pepper Mayo. A quick, healthy and light lunch or dinner option any day of the week.
19. Tuna Spinach Wrap
This Tuna Spinach Wrap is filled with hearty tuna, fresh spinach, crisp bacon, and tomatoes. Simple, fresh and easy to make, this dish comes together in minutes and serves as a perfect lunch or dinner for back-to-school times!
20. Tuna Avocado Salad Wrap Recipe Without Mayo
This tuna avocado salad wrap recipe is a snap to make, and it’s so yummy and healthy! Healthy tuna salad without mayo – what a great find! This yummy and filling wrap makes a perfect high-protein low-carb lunch or dinner!
21. Zesty Tuna Lettuce Wraps
These Zesty Tuna Lettuce Wraps can be easily assembled in less than 15 minutes and make for a light and refreshing meal!
22. Mayo-free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps
These Mayo-free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps make such an easy and delicious lunch for those busy days. Make up a batch of the tuna in advance and eat it throughout the week! Perfect to pack in your lunch bag for a lighter lower carb lunch option.
23. The Best Tuna Salad Ever! (Not your Mama’s Tuna Salad)
Crunchy, spicy and full of flavor – this is not your average tuna salad recipe! Jalapenos, onion, tomatoes, and celery all feature in this super easy to make recipe!
24. Avocado Tuna Salad
This Avocado Tuna Salad is a simple, packed with protein twist on traditional tuna salad. Just a few fresh ingredients give this salad an amazing flavor for a healthy lunch or as a side dish.
25. Greek Tuna Salad
There’s tuna salad, and then there’s Greek Tuna Salad! This classic American sandwich filler gets a decidedly Mediterranean twist with feta, lots of vegetables and fresh basil.
26. Tuna Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas
This healthy and hearty tuna bulgur salad with chickpeas and cucumbers is a a quick, no cook recipe for an easy dinner or lunch.
27. Tuna and Green Bean Pasta Salad
This green bean, potato, and tomato packed Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. It’s healthy and super nutritious, it’s light but filling at the same time, and it’s so delicious you will rush to thank me after tasting it. A perfect summer dinner!
28. Twisted Tuna Salad
Twisted Tuna will get you excited about Tuna Salad again! Packed with veggies and flavor, this Keto and Whole30 compliant tuna recipe is a 30-min meal!
29. Tuna Egg Salad with Rice, Capers and Cucumbers
Tuna Salad Recipe with Egg, Rice, Capers and Cucumbers – A super simple seven ingredient recipe for when you want a high protein low fuss meal. Perfect as a salad or as a spread on bread or crackers. Gluten Free + Dairy Free.
30. Warm Tuna Salad
This Warm Easy Tuna Salad Recipe is a comforting, quick, nutritious, and budget friendly recipe idea, perfect for the changing seasons! Grab a fork and dig in, or enjoy it in a sandwich or with some chips and dip.
31. Italian Tuna Salad
Italian Tuna Salad loaded with fresh vegetables, garlic, parsley and olives. The no mayo tuna salad is perfect for those who are not a fan of mayonnaise in their tuna salad. This low carb tuna recipe is not only delicious and nutritious, it is also Keto friendly.
32. Mediterranean Tuna & White Bean Salad
This Mediterranean Tuna & White Bean Salad is super-satisfying, packed with fresh veggies, creamy white beans, and tons of protein, it’s sure to become one of your favorites too. The ingredients all hold well too, making it a great option for meal-prepping or packing lunch the evening before.
33. Macaroni Salad with Tuna
This Tuna Macaroni Salad is something my Mom made often while we were growing up. It’s the perfect side salad for a BBQ, picnic or potluck and I love that it’s only 4 ingredients!
34. Easy Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
A healthy easy avocado tuna salad recipe! See how to make avocado tuna salad in just 10 minutes. Bonus: tuna and avocado salad needs just 7 ingredients!
35. Tuna Stuffed Jalapenos
Spicy and Oh. So. Delicious. These tuna and potato stuffed jalapenos, which are breaded in almond meal, make one heck of a scrumptious appetizer!
36. Southwest Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups
Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups are fun and delicious way to eat tuna salad! Serve these cool cucumber cups as an appetizer/snack or enjoy them as a light lunch! They’re easy to make and easier to customize with your favorite mix-ins and toppings!
37. Southwest Tuna Stuffed Mini Peppers
Southwest Tuna Stuffed Mini Peppers – a healthy appetizer that’s easy to make but filled with flavor and touch of heat!
38. Deviled Eggs with Tuna
These creamy deviled eggs with tuna are a healthy, quick and easy finger food. It’s the perfect recipe for a quick snack, or to serve at a picnic or potluck.
39. Tuna Balls in Salsa Verde (or Bolitas de Atún en Salsa Verde)
Easy-to-make, cheap, and yummy. Serve as an appetizer or quick lunch. It is always a winner with kids and moms alike.
MAIN DISH TUNA RECIPES
40. Caesar Tuna Stuffed Avocados
Caesar Tuna Stuffed Avocados make a delicious lunch or light dinner. The combination of tuna, avocado, and Caesar dressing is insanely good!
41. Tuna Tostadas with Chipotle Crema
Tuna Tostadas with Chipotle Crema are full of bold flavor, made by topping crisp baked tortillas with seasoned tuna, creamy avocado, fresh red cabbage, and a spicy chipotle crema.
42. Buttery Tuna Rice Muffins
Buttery Tuna Rice Muffins are a healthy and delicious recipe perfect for a quick 30 minute weeknight dinner. Tuna cakes are made in muffin tins with brown rice, sharp cheddar cheese and a savory lemon butter sauce for amazing flavor.
43. Mediterranean Couscous Tuna Bowls
Mediterranean Couscous Tuna Bowls – a quick 15 minute no-cook meal packed with flavor! A perfect lunch or dinner for busy people who want to eat well.
44. Easy and Quick Tuna Pasta
This easy tuna pasta is the perfect weekday dinner. It really is just an elevated version of traditional Aglio and Olio pasta. It’s easy to make and tastes incredible.
45. Tuna Thai Red Curry
A stunning Thai red curry made in just a few minutes for a light easy meal. Gluten-free and paleo, this tuna Thai red curry is lightened up and served over simple coconut cauliflower rice to bring it all together!
46. Easy Tuna Chili
This tuna chili is a great alternative to chili recipes made with beef or poultry. It’s flavorful, filling, and very easy and quick to make.
47. Open Faced Tuna Melts
This Open Faced Tuna Melt is a little spicy, cheesy, has no mayonnaise and is loaded with flavor! It’s fast (under 20 minutes), easy and makes a great quick weeknight dinner or lunch recipe.
48. Easy One Pot Tuna Mac and Cheese
With just one pot and in only twenty minutes, this creamy, satisfying, and nourishing meal will be on your plate in no time at all!
49. Spicy Tuna Tostadas
Quick and easy meal idea! Spicy Tuna Tostadas are a fresh and bright way to use canned tuna. They feature a light tuna salad with a vibrant salsa and toasted tortilla base.
50. Tuna Nicoise Salad
This satiating and healthy tuna nicoise salad combines raw and cooked vegetables with boiled eggs and tuna. This is a lovely main course salad with great texture, great flavour, and it leaves you feeling completely satisfied at the end of your meal.