7 Restaurant Quality Dishes You Can Make with Canned Tuna

7 Restaurant Quality Dishes You Can Make with Canned Tuna

These recipes, using San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil and a lighter alternative, in Water, makes for quick gourmet tuna meals at home without any fishy mess!

Want to give yourself or your family a treat without burning a hole in the wallet in a fancy restaurant or having to prep hours or days in advance? That’s where the convenience of canned tuna comes in handy. Fish prep often includes the messy task of descaling, gutting, deboning and filleting, but the same protein and omega-3 rich dishes can be created with the succulent and juicy tuna chunks from San Miguel Del Mar.

Look no further for quick gourmet meal recipes – we’ve compiled some of the most flavorful dishes you can make with both tuna in water and oil below!

1. Braised Tuna Stuffed Tofu

Braised Tuna Stuffed Tofu, made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

Soft, silky tofu bursting with delicate flavours of tuna makes for a great side dish to any family meal. This Chinese-inspired Braised Tuna Stuffed Tofu goes well with rice dishes, with the crunchy bok choy on the side adding a nice crunchy contrast to the tofu. Choose firm tofu for this dish so that it holds its shape when stuffed and fried till golden brown.

This sharing dish is incredibly easy to make (half an hour of prep and cooking at most), and can be easily adjusted to accommodate larger serving sizes. With an addictively good black bean garlic sauce drizzled over everything, it’s hard not to reach for seconds!

2. Cold Tuna Soba

Cold Soba Tuna made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

Combat the mid-afternoon heat with a hearty bowl of Cold Tuna Soba.  Thin buckwheat soba noodles are tossed in an umami sauce made from mirin, dashi and soy sauce that gets a gentle spice kick from grated ginger. Sliced red cabbage and radish provide a refreshing crunch and the succulent, meaty chunks of San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Oil completes the dish with its rich, savoury flavours.

Why not skip the greasy economic beehoon lunch and prep this healthy noodle dish instead? We promise that you’ll be slurping it all up nosily like a true Japanese in no time.

3. Tuna Lasagna Roll

Tuna Lasagna Rolls made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

When your stomach is rumbling and you need something filling, a Tuna Lasagna Roll might be just what you need. Italian lasagna is traditionally made with ground beef, but this tuna version is equally tasty – after all, haven’t we all had that classic tuna with pasta covered in tomato sauce? San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Oil are simmered alongside Italian herbs, basil and tomato sauce before being spread on lasagna sheets and baked on top of a creamy cheese bed.

The end result is a decadent gourmet delight that’s oozing cheese, tomato and tuna goodness with every bite. If you have more time on your hands, deseeding and grating fresh tomatoes for your tomato sauce will definitely elevate this hearty dish in terms of natural flavours. 

4. Spicy Crunchy Tuna Salad

Spicy Crunchy Tuna Salad made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Water. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

Give your traditional light salad brunch or lunch a spicy kick with this Spicy Crunchy Tuna Salad recipe. Refreshing iceberg lettuce, onion leek and cucumber are mixed with tender San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Water, and a creamy spicy mayo-sriracha mix is drizzled over the top. Don’t forget the crispy tempura flakes – they add a fantastic crunch to this easy-to-make salad. Make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for a healthy mid-afternoon snack or pack lunch for work.

5. Tuna Salpicao

Tuna and Mushrooms Salpicao made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

There’s nothing quite like home for Filipinos than a warm and filling Salpicao. This humble dish is usually made with beef cubes, but you can also use tuna as a juicy and meaty substitute. San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Oil are tossed with earthy mushrooms and smothered in a garlicky butter sauce before being seasoned with chili and Worcestershire sauce. Serve the delight on top of white rice and you’re all set!

6. Grilled Tuna Pesto Sandwich

Grilled Tuna Pesto Sandwich made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Vegetable Oil. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

Oozing cheese on the top, creamy pesto on the bottom and mouthwatering San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Oil in the middle, sandwiched between perfectly pan-grilled bread slices. If that’s not a picnic sandwich fit for a king, we don’t know what is. For a fancy sandwich, the prep is much faster than it looks, and this Grilled Tuna Pesto Sandwich recipe is a great way to use up leftover pesto sauce that doesn’t require cooking pasta.

7. Spicy Tuna Kimbap

Spicy Tuna Kimbap made with San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Water. Photo: San Miguel Del Mar

Get the family involved in the rolling fun with this Spicy Tuna Kimbap recipe. Rice is spread on a nori sheet before adding nutritious and colourful egg, tuna, carrot, spinach, radish and kimchi. Roll it up tightly and repeat – could it get any easier than that? Using San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Water instead of flakes definitely results in better textures and flavours for this typical Korean snack! Serve with light soya sauce and wasabi to finish.

Sticking To Quality: Choose Only 100% Tuna

Whether you prefer the light, drier tuna in water for meshing or sprinkling over salads, or the heavier, moister tuna in oil for creamy concoctions, the quality of your canned tuna makes a difference how yummy and healthy your dish turns out. Tuna from trusted brands like San Miguel Del Mar are made from 100% pure tuna with no extenders and preservatives, and their versatile juicy chunks make delicious home cooking a breeze.

  • This was created in association with San Miguel Del Mar. Find out more about their canned tuna, and where to get it on their Facebook page.
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