19 Canned Salmon and Tuna Recipes You'll Actually Be Excited to Eat

Tuna with Cheese Biscuits
Photo: Blaine Moats

Using canned tuna and salmon is a convenient way to get dinner on the table fast. Cheesy casseroles, crab cake knock-offs, and easy sandwiches, these canned seafood recipes are ideal for mixing up your weeknight dinner routine. Stock up on canned tuna or salmon packets, and you'll be just minutes away from enjoying a heart-healthy entrée.

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Lemon-Dill Salmon Cakes

Lemon-Dill Salmon Cakes
Blaine Moats

Once these lemony, crispy cakes are coated in panko bread crumbs and pan-fried, you'll never notice it started from canned salmon. Mix together plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and a pinch of fresh dill for a creamy dressing to top your salmon patty salad.

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Blaine Moats

Canned seafood comes in oil or water. Here, we suggest seeking out tuna in oil since the rest of the pretty, composed salad is so lean. The extra fat boosts satisfaction and vitamin absorption.

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Salmon Pot Pie

Salmon Potpie
Jason Donnelly

Pot pie can be a daunting dish to bake on a weeknight. Not this fast-forward fish version! A canned salmon and veggie filling cooks to bubbly perfection and is casserole-ready in about 10 minutes. Plus, the crust is almost instant since (our little secret!) it comes from the supermarket refrigerator.

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Gluten-Free Asparagus-Tuna Casserole

Creamy Tuna-Noodle Toss
Blaine Moats

This gluten-free casserole is the ideal crowd-pleasing dish to serve in that long stretch when winter transitions into spring. Plenty of hearty potatoes and melted provolone will warm you up, while tuna in garlic oil and fresh asparagus pieces make this dish one for anyone, whether you need to be gluten-free or not.

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Tuscan Tuna Mac Casserole

Tuscan Tuna Mac Casserole
Andy Lyons

Can't decide between tuna noodle casserole or mac and cheese? No need to choose just one when you can enjoy both in this scrumptious Italian herb-seasoned pasta bake. In addition to two cans of tuna, this casserole features a cup of sliced cremini mushrooms for another hearty, meat-like ingredient.

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White Bean Tuna Salad

White Bean Tuna Salad
Andy Lyons

Talk about a dinner winner. This healthy, herb-packed, and super affordable salad can be ready 20 minutes from starting. Canned tuna, canned white beans, and a simple homemade red wine vinaigrette make it possible.

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Salmon Patties with Parsley Mayo

Salmon Patties with Parsley Mayo
Andy Lyons

With a meaty texture and a creamy parsley-mayo topping, these burger look-alikes will convince those who typically swim clear of salmon to catch their omega-3s for the day. Serve stuffed inside a bun or between two slices of toasted bread for a seafood sandwich.

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Tarragon Tuna Melts

tarragon tuna melt
Kim Cornelison

We're not skimping on the tuna in these seafood salad sandwiches. Each sourdough melt is stuffed with 3 ounces of tuna, plus juicy tomato slices. The sandwich gets the grilled cheese sandwich treatment by adding a slice of cheddar cheese to get melty and delicious on after a flip in a pan.

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Mediterranean Salmon Wrap

Mediterranean Salmon Wrap
Andy Lyons

If you're not keen on seafood salads mixed with mayo, try this light and refreshing canned salmon creation. Instead of mayonnaise, we use olive oil, lemon juice, and other Mediterranean classic pairings like Kalamata olives and diced red onion.

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Tuna-Noodle Casserole

Tuna-Noodle Casserole
Andy Lyons

A classic tuna noodle casserole that's easy and made from scratch? Yes, please. The creamy, decadent sauce is made with 100 percent recognizable ingredients, including milk, butter, and freshly grated cheese.

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Tuna with Cheese Biscuits

Tuna with Cheese Biscuits
Blaine Moats

Swap your usual biscuit-topped chicken casserole for this cheesy tuna recipe. The garlic-infused biscuits on top taste just like the seafood restaurant chain bread basket favorites!

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Muffin Pan Tuna Melts

Muffin Pan Tuna Melts
Jason Donnelly

All the melty goodness; no griddle required! Build open-faced tuna sandwiches in muffin cups and then pop them in the oven. Serve two with a fresh salad to make these canned tuna melts a complete meal.

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Fast Nicoise Salad

Fast Niçoise Salad
Karla Konrad

Why spend $10+ for a restaurant salad when you can build a way more budget-friendly Nicoise at home in just 20 minutes? The combo platter of pouch tuna and hard-cooked egg gives each satisfying serving 20 grams of protein.

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Tuna and Green Bean Bake

Tuna Green Bean Bake
Kritsada Panichgul

Calling all kids (and kids at heart)! A handful of cheesy fish-shaped crackers give a colorful, crunchy finish in this playful green bean bake featuring canned tuna. Stick to light condensed soup and milk for less sodium and fat.

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Avocado Ranch Tuna Melts

Avocado Ranch Tuna Melts
Karla Konrad

Ranch and tuna may seem like a weird combination, but don't knock it until you try it. Creamy avocado (another great source of omega-3) serves as the base to make this a heart-healthy light lunch.

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Easy Salmon Chowder

Easy Salmon Chowder
Andy Lyons

If you keep a lot of frozen veggies on hand, this is the soup recipe for you! Broccoli, corn, or peppers, use whatever's in your freezer in this easy, creamy salmon chowder. Best of all, it will be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

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Creamy Tuna-Noodle Toss

Creamy Tuna-Noodle Toss
Blaine Moats

This stovetop version of the tuna noodle casserole has a velvety cream sauce with a hint of lemon for brightness. You'll definitely be saving this quick pasta recipe for when you need some comfort food fast.

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Salmon-Stuffed Zucchini

Salmon-Stuffed Zucchini
Karla Konrad

Stuffing zucchini is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer squash as a meal. Try using recipe-ready lemon pepper packets of salmon for a burst of citrus flavor in this light, yet filling dinner recipe.

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Curried Tuna Sandwich

Curried Tuna Sandwich
Blaine Moats

If you love global, aromatic curry spice, try this updated canned tuna salad recipe. The addition of coleslaw and peanuts adds a nice crunchy bite. It's an easy make-ahead recipe to keep in the fridge for when you need a quick meal.

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