Canned Fish Recipes

You can make delicious salads, sandwiches, spreads, dips and more with canned fish! Check out recipes using canned tuna, salmon, sardines and more.

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Tuna Casserole

Rating: 3.29 stars
Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.

Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower

Rating: 3.68 stars
Definitely an improvement on the original, adding cauliflower to this classic creamy casserole really does take it to to the next-level of deliciousness.

Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich

Rating: 3.12 stars
This recipe for Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich makes a healthy meal for lunch or dinner.

Tuna Tomato Pasta

Rating: 2.95 stars
Keep a few staples in your pantry to make dinner on nights when you're not going to get to the grocery store.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Emeril's Kicked-Up Tuna Melts

Rating: 3.63 stars
Little ones will have fun measuring and mixing ingredients for the tuna melts.

Lemon-Herb Sardine Salad

Rating: 3.48 stars
Get your dose of healthy oils with this lemony sardine mix over lettuce.

Tuna Cakes with Arugula-Tomato Salad

Quick and easy for a weeknight dinner, these hearty cakes are made from canned tuna with grated carrots slipped in for an extra boost nutrition. 

Pan-Fried Sardines

The canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.

Mediterranean Tuna-Noodle Casserole

Rating: 3.73 stars
Choose best-quality tuna that's packed in olive oil for this dish. Even after draining it, you'll get moister, richer results than if you used water-packed tuna.

Pasta with Salmon, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic

Salmon is assertive in flavor and will hold its own superbly combined with robust ingredients like bitter greens, sharp cheese, garlic, and red-pepper flakes.

Pan-Fried Salmon Cakes

Don't use thin pretzels in this recipe--they'll make the cakes too salty.

Inspiration and Ideas

No-Cook Tomato-Tuna Sauce with Spaghetti

Blink and you'll miss this easy no-cook sauce recipe: Combine chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, and basil in a big bowl on the counter, and let them sit until they break down a bit. When the pasta is just cooked, toss it all together with a generous shower of grated Parmesan, which thickens and emulsifies the sauce, plus oil-packed tuna for a jolt of brininess and protein.