15 Delicious Recipes for A Can Of Tuna

Most people have that can or two of tuna sitting in the cupboard or pantry. Canned tuna is awesome convenience food and only needs a few additions to make a full meal. These fifteen recipes for a can of tuna will help you use up those one to two cans and show you just how good canned tuna can taste. These canned tuna recipes are simple, quick, and easy to make and help pinch pennies when needed.

1. Tuna Patties

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Tuna patties are a fast, tasty, and easy option for dinner tonight. They fry up quickly because the tuna is already cooked. Serve these with a green salad, a baked potato, or even some rice or wild rice. They go well with steamed veggies too, and leftovers work well in salads for lunch the next day. Just break them up into your greens.

2. Easy Tuna Wrap

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This easy tuna wrap is a quick and easy option for lunch or dinner. The tuna filling can be made in about 5 minutes and there is no cooking involved. Simply add a lettuce layer and roll up the tuna wrap. These are great for lunch on the go if you wrap them well, and all that protein is super filling, which means you won’t be hungry until dinner if you have these for lunch.

3. No-Noodle Tuna Casserole

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If tuna casserole sounds good but all that pasta doesn’t, this no-noodle tuna casserole version is a perfect option. It’s all that great tuna casserole flavor without the heaviness of the pasta that usually comes in a tuna noodle casserole. This is great served with a green salad on the side if you want to round out the meal even further.

4. Tuna Pinwheels

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If you need lunch on the go, these tuna pinwheels are a fun and tasty option. You may need a few napkins with this one, but it’s an alternative to a regular tuna sandwich, and it’s fun for kids for school lunches, too. These are easy to eat if you wrap and slice them small, making them much less messy.

5. Tuna Melt

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Have a little time to make some lunch today? These tuna melt will carry you through the rest of your day with ease. These tuna melts are filling, decadent, and delicious. They are great served with a side of fries, onion rings, vegetable sticks, a green salad, or any other sandwich side you prefer. While these are good cold, eat this one while it’s still warm for the best sandwich experience.

6. Tuna Salad

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Sometimes, a simple tuna salad is all that is needed to make a meal. This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Toss this up and enjoy it as is for a high-protein lunch or dinner, or serve it over lettuce greens for a proper salad.

7. Tuna Fish Sandwich

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A good tuna fish sandwich is a true art form. If you get the balance of ingredients right, few things can beat it, especially when put on really delicious bread. This sandwich recipe is fast and easy to make with minimal ingredients and works well for lunch or dinner any day of the week.

8. Tuna Stuffed Avocados

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This high-protein and high-healthy-fats recipe is the type of small meal that refuses to let you get hungry until dinnertime. These tuna stuffed avocados are a great way to power through your afternoon. They can easily be paired with a green side salad if you want more veggies, and they are perfect for low-carb or keto eaters too. But you don’t have to eat low-carb to thoroughly enjoy these.

9. Tuna Pasta Salad

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Tuna pasta salad is about to become a new family favorite. This simple dish takes minimal prep while the pasta cooks and is then simply stirred together once the pasta has been drained. You can enjoy this warm or cold, so leftovers are just as delicious as the first time you make this. It packs well for lunches and is a great stand-alone meal unless you want to round things out a bit with some sides, such as salad and maybe some garlic bread.

10. Tuna Noodle Casserole

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If noodles are a must for you, this tuna noodle casserole is a creamy, cheesy, decadent way to enjoy a comfort-style casserole for dinner tonight. This pairs well with garlic bread or dinner rolls, and the leftovers taste just as great the next day if you want to pack this up to take to work.

11. Air Fryer Tuna Melt

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For a healthier alternative to traditional frying, try the air fryer tuna melt. It delivers all the flavor and crispy texture of a classic tuna melt but with significantly less oil. Serve this lighter option with chips, fries, a green salad, or a piece of fruit to complete the meal.

12. Tuna Vegetable Salad

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A heartier tuna salad can be the salad that solves the problem of getting hungry before it’s time for dinner. This tuna vegetable salad has spices, tomatoes, and even hard-boiled eggs added to make this a far more filling dish, whether you eat it on its own or serve it on bread for a sandwich. This works well in a wrap with some lettuce as well.

13. Tuna Burgers

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A hearty, filling tuna burgers is a delicious and unique option for lunch or dinner. You can use a tuna steak if you prefer, but this delicious burger is made using canned tuna. Serve a green side salad or some fries to go with that burger.

14. Tuna Waldorf Salad

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With fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts, this delicious tuna Waldorf salad is a powerhouse of high-protein goodness. It’s a hearty and filling salad that is both healthy and delicious. The creamy dressing is made with Greek yogurt and is wonderful served over greens. This is a refreshing salad you’ll make again and again.

15. Italian Tuna White Bean Salad

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Italian tuna white bean salad is a wonderfully filling dish that is as versatile as it is delicious. While the recipe calls for cooking up some tuna steaks, feel free to substitute canned tuna instead. use canned and drained beans along with some dried spices and fresh onions for a wonderful salad that works for either lunch or dinner.

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Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

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Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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