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: 3.5 stars 824
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.

Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich

Rating: 3 stars 261
This recipe for Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich makes a healthy meal for lunch or dinner.

Tuna Tomato Pasta

Rating: 3 stars 21
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: 3.5 stars 237
Little ones will have fun measuring and mixing ingredients for the tuna melts.

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.

No-Mayo Mediterranean Tuna Salad

In this light but filling lunch, canned tuna—our consummate pantry pal—is tossed with a punchy lemon-caper vinaigrette and served with a crisp side salad. Try this once and you won't miss the mayonnaise-heavy alternative one bit.

Pan-Fried Sardines

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

Salmon-and-Mashed-Potato Croquettes

Crispy and golden-brown, these croquettes are the perfect snack to serve at your next holiday soirée. Tender and fluffy cooked potatoes are combined with your choice of tinned or smoked salmon and formed into cakes. The ultra-crisp exterior is provided by a coating of panko breadcrumbs. 

Mediterranean Tuna-Noodle Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 349
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.

Pan-Fried Salmon Cakes

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

Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower

Rating: 3.5 stars 78
Definitely an improvement on the original, adding cauliflower to this classic creamy casserole really does take it to to the next-level of deliciousness.

Inspiration and Ideas

Tuna Cakes
Rating: 3.5 stars 131

High-quality canned and jarred tuna in olive oil lends fresh-from-the-sea flavor to these cakes.