Canned Tuna Stir Fry

Canned Tuna Stir Fry

Bilna Sandeep

Bilna Sandeep is the founder of this blog. She is a Civil Engineer by profession who is currently on a career break to enjoy the joys of motherhood with her almost 2 year old naughty little boy. During her free time, she loves to write, blog and speak up for the causes she care for in the society. Read More About Bilna Here

I have never been a Fan of Canned Food. However, this Canned Tuna Stir Fry is one of the exceptions that has survived since quite long at our home. But then, since last few months, I had completely forgotten about this dish and had never bothered to make it. Last week, I was just lazily surfing around the Supermarket and then all of a sudden my eyes stopped at the Canned Tuna and voila, I was like how could I forget this recipe. One of the quickest side dishes you can make, this dish is also super tasty.

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It’s said Canned Tuna in brine has better health benefits than Tuna in Oilive or Sunflower oil. This is majorly due to the fact that the major nutrient Omega-3 gets mixed with the oil and gets drained away when we drain away the oil. I have tried using both versions and found the Tuna preserved in oil a little bit more tastier. I usually prepare this dish using the same oil in the can. So hoping it does not drain away the Omega-3s.

Canned Tuna Stir FrySo coming back to our Dish, here goes Canned Tuna Stir Fry – yes as usual with majority of the recipes I have written her, this is also Kerala Style Cuisine.

 Canned Tuna Stir Fry

Canned Tuna Stir Fry

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Canned Tuna Stir Fry


  • Canned Tuna - 2 Cans I used Tuna in Olive Oil
  • Onions Chopped - 1 big
  • Ginger Crushed - 1 small piece
  • Garlic Chopped Thin - 5 -6 cloves
  • Curry Leaves - few
  • Green Chillies - 2 Nos.
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1/2 Tbsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Salt
  • Optional
  • Tomato - 1/2 No.
  • Oil for Cooking ( I used the oil in the can instead)


  1. Heat a pan. Add oil for cooking. (If using the oil from the can, be careful as it may start popping due to the water content from the Fish)
  2. Add curry leaves, Green Chillies,Ginger and Garlic. Saute on medium flame for a minute. Add chopped Onions. Saute till golden brown. Add Turmeric, Coriander powder and Red Chily powder on low flame and wait till raw smell disappers.
  3. If you like tomato flavor you can add at this point and saute till it turns soft. ( If you like the end result crispy, it is better not to add.)
  4. Add salt as per taste.
  5. If using Tuna in brine, drain away the water. Crush the Fish with a spoon and add to the pan. Stir fry closed stirring occasionally until every part turns golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve hot.


The Canned Tuna might already contain Salt. So adjust the amount of salt accordingly.

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Canned Tuna Stir Fry

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10 thoughts on “Canned Tuna Stir Fry

  • October 5, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I like the spices in this recipe. I don’t eat much meat but I do love a can of tuna or mackerel once in a while, and this recipe is a great idea to spice it up.

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Thanks dear Christine…. I am happy you liked it ..Loved your blog…Vermillion Roots…I felt so refreshed seeing your post…..i love farm…the organic concept…everything about it…

  • October 5, 2015 at 3:37 am

    OKAY SO YUM! I loveeeee canned tuna and all these other flavors are kick ass!

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thats so nice Gigi…. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • October 5, 2015 at 3:53 am

    I never think of using tuna for stir fry. Will have to try that. Thanks.

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Nice to know I have served you a new idea 🙂 Thanks for stopping by dear Karen

  • October 5, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I don’t really do foods in a can either but I do each the tuna pouches, they are easier to open up when I’m scrambling to make lunch in the morning before heading off to work. This looks yummy!

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Hope you would try out this version in your next busy morning schedule before you are off to work 🙂

      Thanks Leslie for stopping by..

  • October 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hey there Bilna, big hellows! Have never tasted Tuna but this surely has tempted me enough! Gonna give it a try 🙂

    • October 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Nice to know I have inspired you to try something new ☺☺

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