We love having canned seafood in our pantries to add delicious protein to weeknight meals in a hurry. While simple go-tos are so nice to have, tuna recipes stretch far beyond the tuna sandwich or tuna and veggies over brown rice. We’ve rounded up some of the most creative recipes we could find that use canned tuna.
It’s also Heart Health Month, so these recipes are especially fitting. Plus, cooking at home means you’ll likely get more protein and fiber and less sodium and saturated fat. Your tastebuds AND your heart will enjoy these recipes.
Nicoise Salad Stuffed Potato: We developed this recipe a few years ago and it’s a staple in our meals. The flavors of a nicoise salad pair so nicely with the texture of a potato. Plus, you get bonus nutrition from the potato!
Paleo Tuna Salad-Stuffed Eggs: This recipe comes from Morgan at Spirited and Then Some. It’s a delicious and colorful play on deviled eggs, with red onion, celery, and olives. This would be great for serving to guests as appetizers or to use for protein-packed snacks.
Tuna, Avocado, and Quinoa Salad with Spiralized Cucumber: Ali from Inspiralized.com does some incredible, creative things with spiralized veggies. This bowl is no exception. Bowls are in, in a major way and we love that this one combines spiralized cucumber with a whole slew of flavors and textures. This would make an amazing take-to-work lunch.
Tuna Croquettes: Endless Food Affair is a recipe blog created by an M.D. and we fell in love with this croquette recipe. Croquettes sound and look fancy, but this recipe uses ingredients you probably have on hand already!
Tuna Ricotta Balls: The base of this flavorful appetizer from Manu’s Menu is ricotta and tune, meaning it’s a protein-packed app as well. We also bet you could add curry powder, chili powder, or another spice blend if you wanted to make a slight flavor variation.
Pan Bagnat with Fennel: We always drool when flipping through the pages of Bon Appétit magazine and this recipe is no exception. This looks like the perfect sandwich to take on a picnic. And, since we’re dreaming of picnic weather, we’ll file this recipe away for a warmer day!
Tuna Meatballs Over Marinara Penne: When we first created this recipe, we knew it was going to be good. The texture and flavor of these tuna meatballs is really satisfying and pairs so nicely with marinara. You could also do this over zucchini noodles!
Lemon Rice with Tuna and Spinach: This recipe from The Weary Chef is quick and easy with major flavor pay-off. We love the bright flavor of lemon with tuna. We also love rice with tuna. This recipe combines the zing of fresh lemon juice with rice and tuna to create a balanced and bright dish.
What are your most creative tuna recipe ideas? Share them with us in the comments and let us know if you’re going to try any of these recipes!