canned tuna recipe

Quick hunger fix- Canned tuna fried with onions and Indian spices

I am glued to my laptop and suddenly I realise, it’s too late to cook a proper meal. My stomach gives out a quick reminder with lots of grumbles. I rush to the kitchen and find nothing but some sad-looking veggies. But today is not my veggie day. So what do I do, I fish out the cans from my freezer and google for easy tuna recipes.

I end up with lots of confusing recipes. In a certain ‘fiji style tuna fish recipe’ the man keeps mentioning the ingredients again and again. I give up in frustration and immediately start working on the quick hunger fix project.

So I start with just a few simple ingredients which are usually available in any Indian kitchen and all of these can be bought in any super market selling Indian food.

Canned tuna dry fried

Canned tuna dry fried

Let’s do a recap of how I fix myself a nice Indian dinner when in a hurry.


  1. one small size Tuna can
  2. One small onion, sliced in rings
  3. One teaspoon of mustard seeds
  4. Two green chillies, finely chopped
  5. One tablespoon lemon juice
  6. One one pinches of coriander powder and crushed black pepper
  7. You can add turmeric if you want a nice colour but it’s not essential
  8. One tablespoon of tomato sauce
  9. One teaspoon of oil, use more oil if the tuna is not canned in oil
  10. 2-3 finely chopped cloves of garlic
  11.  Salt if required, usually the tuna has enough salt


  1. Heat the oil in a flat pan
  2. Crackle the mustard seeds
  3. Add the chopped chillies and garlic
  4. Add onions and stir gently as we don’t want to break the onion rings
  5. Add all the listed spices
  6. When the onions are transluscent, just pour the tuna into the pan
  7. Drain the tuna before it goes into the pan if the tuna is canned in salt water.
  8. Mix it well and cook for about 5 minutes
  9. Add the tomato sauce, mix it well and cover the pan with a lid
  10. cook for 5 minutes and remove the lid
  11. Add lemon juice and cook the whole mixture in low flame until it looks crispy and golden brown
  12. Garnish with freshly sliced onion rings or chopped coriander leaves
  13. Eat it with bread or rice. I usually make some ‘daal’ to go with it. A small can serves 3 people.

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