22 Apr Jonathan Cartu Convey: The incredible recipes you can make with canned tuna reveal…
While you might think that eating canned tuna for dinner is an act of desperation, in fact there are countless delicious recipes you can whip up from home using the budget staple.
Food bloggers Aaron and Claire, from Seoul, recently revealed how you can use tuna to make any number of tasty dishes – including pancakes, Korean porridge and rice balls.
‘How many cans of tinned tuna do you have in your pantry?’ Aaron asked in a YouTube video.
‘You bought them, but now they don’t really appeal to you and you have no idea how to cook with them.’
The YouTuber shared six delicious and simple recipes you can make with canned tuna. So what are they?
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Food bloggers Aaron and Claire (pictured), from Seoul, recently revealed how you can use tuna to make any number of tasty dishes – including pancakes, Korean porridge and rice balls
It’s the budget staple people often use up last in their pantry, but Aaron said there are plenty of things you can make with canned tuna (pictured)
Aaron’s first recipe for tuna mayo rice is so simple he said he wouldn’t even call it a recipe (finished product pictured)
1. Tuna Mayo Rice
Bowl of rice
Aaron’s first recipe is so simple he said he wouldn’t even call it a recipe.
All you’ll need is canned tuna, a bowl of rice, an egg, lettuce, mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce.
1. ‘First, drain the oil from the tuna and slice the lettuce,’ Aaron said.
2. ‘Once you’ve done that, beat the egg in a bowl and scramble it in a pan.’
3. The third stage is putting some rice on a plate, adding the scrambled egg and placing the lettuce and tuna on top.
4. ‘Finally, drizzle some mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce on top and serve,’ Aaron said.
The second golden fried rice recipe is a ‘souped up’ variation of the first, because it requires you to scramble the egg into the rice to turn it golden (the finished product pictured)
2. Golden Fried Rice with Tuna
Bowl of rice
Egg yolks x 2
The second recipe is a ‘souped up’ variation of the first, because it requires you to scramble the egg into the rice to turn it golden.
But the good news is you only need the same ingredients, plus some onion.
1. ‘Spread your cooked rice out on a plate to get rid of the stickiness,’ Aaron said. ‘You need to get rid of the stickiness as otherwise it’s going to be very difficult to coat every single piece with egg.’
2. Once that’s done, Aaron said you should stir in two egg yolks with the rice, and if you have trouble separating the yolk from the egg, then use an empty Coke bottle as a ‘vacuum suction’ to pick up the yolk and deposit it down.
3. ‘Add some salt in with the egg yolk and rice and mix everything together,’ Aaron said.
4. Next, cook the onion with a little oil, add the rice and tuna and stir fry it slowly with some black pepper – which will help to get rid of the ‘fish-y taste’ of the tuna.
5. ‘Finally, add lettuce, more tuna, onion and some more mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce. Serve hot,’ Aaron said.
If you’re in the mood to make something a tiny bit more complicated, then tuna pancakes are a great option (the pancakes pictured cooking)
You can also make a delicious dipping sauce to serve with the pancakes, but this is not essential (finished product pictured)
3. Tuna Pancake
Korean pancake mix or flour
If you’re in the mood to make something a tiny bit more complicated, then tuna pancakes are a great option.
1. ‘Drain your can of tuna, and chop a quarter of an onion and some carrot,’ Aaron said.
2. Now, cut up some chives, place everything in a bowl and add once teaspoon of minced garlic, two eggs and some salt and pepper.
3. ‘Add three tablespoons of Korean pancake mix or flour if you don’t have it to the mixture and stir it hard to the tuna is mashed,’ Aaron said.
4. Finally, spread it out on a pan to make little pancakes and cook them through, flipping a couple of times to make sure both sides are cooked.
5. Aaron also said you can make a dipping sauce for this dish, with one tablespoon of soy sauce, a tablespoon of vinegar and a half tablespoon of red pepper flakes. However, he added that this is not essential.
Tuna rice balls are a delicious meal to enjoy at home, and taste much like DIY sushi rolls (Aaron pictured making the tuna rice balls which are about to be wrapped in seaweed)
4. Tuna Rice Balls
Bowl of rice
Tuna rice balls are a delicious meal to enjoy at home, and taste much like DIY sushi rolls.
1. First, Aaron said you should drain the oil from your tuna and chop a quarter of an onion and some green chilli.
2. ‘Place the tuna and your ingredients into a bowl, add four tablespoons of mayonnaise and one teaspoon of soy sauce and stir well,’ Aaron said.
3. Once the tuna is completely mashed, spread half of a bowl of rice onto a chopping board, let it cool down, put the tuna on top and cover it.
4. ‘Then roll it around so that it makes a bowl with rice inside,’ Aaron said.
5. Finally, if you have dried seaweed, the foodie recommends you put some in a plastic sandwich bag along with your tuna rice ball and roll it all up. This will give your ball a tuna coating.
Aaron explained that people often turn to this recipe in Korea when they are sick, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up if you need something nourishing (Claire pictured eating the porridge)
5. Tuna Porridge
Bowl of rice
Dashida (traditional Korean stock) or chicken stock
Aaron explained that people often turn to this recipe in Korea when they are sick, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up if you need something nourishing at home.
1. Drain the oil from the tuna and put it into a cooking pot with a bowl of rice and around 500ml of water. Boil it at a medium heat.
2. Secondly, Aaron said you should chop some zucchini, carrots and mushrooms and add all of them into your porridge pot.
3. Add a teaspoon of Dashida or chicken stock and stir it through.
4. ‘Once the rice is done, turn the heat off and add half a tablespoon of sesame oil,’ Aaron said.
5. If you have it, add dried seaweed and sesame seeds into the bowl and serve hot.
The final recipe is a staple many households enjoy, but made with tuna instead of chicken or beef (Aarons’ stir-fried noodles with tuna pictured)
6. Stir-fried Noodles with Tuna
Red pepper flakes
The final recipe is a staple many households enjoy, but made with tuna instead of chicken or beef.
1. ‘Drain the oil from your tuna and chop your onion, garlic and vegetables,’ Aaron said.
2. Next, cook your onion and garlic in a pan first, before adding the vegetables, tuna and noodles.
3. ‘Make the sauce on the side in a bowl with one tablespoon of soy sauce, one tablespoon of oyster sauce, one tablespoon of sesame oil and one tablespoon of red pepper flakes,’ Aaron said.
4. Then, add your sauce to your stir fry and augment it with a little bit of water if it needs to be thickened and less dry.
5. Serve hot.
To read more from Aaron and Claire, you can visit their blog here.