Tuna From Can To Frying Pan

Background and History:

Cooking tuna from a can to the frying pan is a quick and convenient way to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal. Canned tuna, a staple in many kitchens, offers a convenient source of protein with a long history of use in various cuisines. Whether you’re making a tuna melt, tuna salad, or just searing it in the frying pan, canned tuna can be transformed into a tasty dish in no time.


  • 2 cans of canned tuna (5-ounce cans, packed in water or oil)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional toppings or mix-ins (e.g., diced onions, celery, mayonnaise, or cheese)


  • Open the cans of tuna and drain the liquid. You can choose to use tuna packed in water for a lighter dish or tuna packed in oil for added richness.
  • In a bowl, flake the tuna with a fork to break it into smaller pieces. If you like a chunkier texture, leave some larger pieces.
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the flaked tuna to the skillet and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to heat it through.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the tuna and season it with salt and black pepper. Stir to combine the flavors. You can also add optional ingredients like diced onions, celery, mayonnaise, or cheese for additional flavor.
  • Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the tuna reaches your desired level of doneness. For a crispier texture, you can cook it a bit longer.
  • Serve hot on a plate or use it as a filling for sandwiches, wraps, or salads.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Calories: Approximately 200 per serving (without additional toppings or mix-ins)
  • Protein: Approximately 20g per serving
  • Fat: Approximately 14g per serving
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 0g per serving
  • Notes: The nutrition values are approximate and can vary based on the type of canned tuna used and any additional ingredients added.

Allergy Warning:

  • Canned tuna is seafood, and it may trigger allergies in some individuals. If you or your guests have seafood allergies, this dish is not suitable. Please consider alternative proteins. Additionally, if you add optional toppings or mix-ins, be mindful of any potential allergens they may contain.
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