Canned tuna is a great source of protein. It is cheaper than meat of fresh fish. That’s the good part.
But as we all know, it is not the most exciting food in the world.
Here are some suggestions on how to jazz up a humble tin of tuna into something more fun.
These suggestions are all low-carb and very simple – maximum 3 ingredients.
Mayonnaise has been excluded from this list, because we all know about that. Plus, let’s face it, shop-bought mayo is not the most wholesome food in the world.
Let’s jazz up that tuna!
- Start with a drained tin of tuna
- Add the ingredients as suggested below (vary quantities to suit your taste)
- Season with salt and pepper
Large avocado, mashed +
Lemon juice or vinegar
Cottage cheese +
Chopped spring onions
Ricotta cheese +
Green or black olives +
Roasted aubergine, mashed +
A drizzle of vinegar +
A bit of crushed garlic
Chopped hard-boiled egg +
Fried mushrooms +
Fried onions +
Thin slices of chorizo, fried +
Grilled pork sausage, sliced +
Sliced fresh tomato
Fried pancetta or bacon +
Fried onion +
Chilli flakes or powder
Chopped gherkins +
Greek yoghurt +
Fresh tomatoes +
A bit of crushed garlic
Crumbled Feta cheese +
Balsamic vinegar +
Grilled bell pepper +
Grated parmesan +
Soft-boiled egg +
Sliced gherkins +
Fresh cucumber +
Grated green apple +
General ideas for creating further combinations
Make It Tangy – Add Sauces, Condiments, Pickles
• Balsamic vinegar
• Red or white wine vinegar
• Dijon mustard
• Lemon juice
Make It Spicy – Add Herbs and Spices
• Salt and black pepper
• Chilli powder or flakes
• Spring onions
Make It Creamy – Add Dairy and Eggs
• Greek yoghurt
• Cottage cheese
• Soured cream
• Grated parmesan or cheddar
• Feta cheese
Make It Fresh – Add Vegetables and Fruit
• Peppers (fresh or roasted)
• Aubergines (roasted and mashed)
• Avocado (mashed)
• Onions (fresh or fried)
• Tomatoes (fresh, tinned, sun-dried)
• Mushrooms (fried)
• Cucumber (fresh)
• Apples (fresh)
Make It Meaty – Add Meats and Sausages
• Chorizo sausage
• English pork sausage
• Pancetta or Bacon
• Parma or Serrano Ham
If you know of any other combination or ingredients that would work well with a tin of tuna, please leave a comment below.
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9 thoughts on “15 Low-Carb Ways to Dress Up a Can of Tuna”
I really want to get healthy this summer time. I need to figure out a good meal that it healthy, cheap, and still tastes good. I liked that you pointed out that adding avocado, lemon juice, and vinegar can really make canned tuna taste really good.
Just wondering, what size tin of Tuna please? Helen.
Hi Helen, in the UK the standard drained tin of tuna is about 110g (4oz or so).
Just did the #1 (Large avocado, mashed +
Lemon juice or vinegar) used it as a dip with celery….great!
That’s great Paul, thanks for letting us know 🙂 I like the idea of using it as a dip.
I love tuna with mayo and sweet pickle slices on bread.
A must try to make a what I call a “poor man’s ” cerviche. Add pico de gallo to a can of drained tuna.
One of my favorites is ….. chopped Apple and chopped pecans or walnuts with a little salad dressing. Great combo!