How to Buy Canned Tuna

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How to Buy Canned Tuna

Green Choices

Check the label to find light tuna caught by troll or pole-and-line. It’s the most environmentally sustainable option, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council.

Can It Be BPA Free?

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in the linings of some food and drink cans, has been linked to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals. Some brands, including Wild Planet have switched to BPA-free cans (check labels).

Mercury in Tuna

Canned tuna, like all fish and shellfish, contains some mercury. Mercury comes from industrial pollution, which runs off into water, and builds up in fish. According to the EPA and FDA, women who may become pregnant, pregnant women and young children should limit their consumption to 12-ounces a week of fish with lower mercury, including canned “light” tuna and no more than 6 ounces of albacore.

Oregon Tuna Melts

Approaching tuna-melt perfection, Tommy Habetz's sandwiches have the ideal tuna-to-cheese ratio. His smart idea: using balsamic vinaigrette in place of mayonnaise.

Click here for the recipe: Oregon Tuna Melts

Seared Tuna Steaks With Citrusy Soy Sauce

Greek philosophy professor, Abe Schoener, has a following for his experimental methods. Wine director John Locke thinks the luscious wine is best with flavors like citrusy soy sauce.

Click here for the recipe: Seared Tuna Steaks With Citrusy Soy Sauce

Sesame-Crusted Tuna With Ginger Cream

Hosea Rosenberg created this quickly seared tuna recipe in 2001. It immediately became his dad's favorite dish. He spikes the ginger cream with Sriracha, the spicy red Thai chile sauce.

Click here for the recipe: Sesame-Crusted Tuna With Ginger Cream

Tuna & Pasta Cheddar Melt

This quick-cooking skillet dish delivers comfort food fast. It's ready in less than 30 minutes and features tuna, pasta and melted cheese, with a bread crumb topping that can't be beat.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna & Pasta Cheddar Melt

Tuna Noodle Casserole

In less than an hour, you can prepare a delicious dinner to feed the entire family!

Click here for the recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Pistachio-Crusted Tuna Steaks

Pistachio crust teams up with a savory mustard-dill sauce for an exceptional tuna dish. Choose "sushi grade" tuna steaks if you prefer a milder flavor. Make it a meal: Serve with brown rice and steamed broccolini.

Click here for the recipe: Pistachio-Crusted Tuna Steaks

Fresh Tuna Salad With Tropical Fruits

Colorful tropical fruit contrasts with slightly bitter salad greens and fresh tuna steak to make a refreshing main-dish salad. Good-quality tuna is key to the success of this recipe.

Click here for the recipe: Fresh Tuna Salad With Tropical Fruits

Spicy Tuna Wrap

These tuna wraps were inspired by spicy tuna sushi rolls. We love how they taste with peppery watercress, but other greens, such as arugula, romaine, escarole or even radish sprouts, would taste great in the filling.

Click here for the recipe: Spicy Tuna Wrap

Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steaks

Salade Niçoise is one of the great summer dishes of Southern France . It's the centerpiece of a party that's all about sunny Mediterranean style, from the wine to the plates to the tea towels.

Click here for the recipe: Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steaks

Tuna Niçoise Burgers

This tuna burger offers the flavors of a Niçoise salad, on a bun.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna Niçoise Burgers

Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches

Olives, capers and green onions make these tuna salad sandwiches especially delicious. And they take just 10 minutes to make!

Click here for the recipe: Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches

Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole

Known as Tuna-Pea Wiggle to some, this family-friendly tuna noodle casserole tends to be made with canned soup and whole milk, which means high fat and sodium.

Click here for the recipe: Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna & Red Pepper Antipasto

Packed with protein and fiber, this tasty salad is ready in a flash. Serve on a bed of lettuce with warm, crusty bread or pack it in a pita for a sandwich. For an extra kick, add a pinch of crushed red pepper or cayenne.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna & Red Pepper Antipasto

Tuna Pasta With Olives & Artichokes

Toss grilled tuna with pasta, artichoke hearts, green olives and tomatoes. Grilling the tuna gives this pasta dish a subtle smokiness. If you’re pressed for time, try canned tuna.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna Pasta With Olives & Artichokes

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

These tuna-stuffed peppers are ubiquitous in delis all over Susa, Italy.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Tuna & Tomato Mac & Cheese

Tuna mac & cheese takes a trip to the Southwest with spicy tomato and festive blue tortilla chips on top. Canned tomatoes with green chiles and ancho chile powder add a peppery kick.

Click here for the recipe: Tuna & Tomato Mac & Cheese


A great meal can start with something as simple as a can opener and a can of light tuna. Light tuna comes primarily from skipjack, a much smaller predatory fish than its cousin albacore or "white" tuna, which is also commonly found in cans. Light tuna provides a healthy dose of vitamin D along with heart-healthy omega-3s. Though it has fewer omega-3s than white tuna does, we go for light tuna because it also has less mercury. Any way you serve it, light tuna is a great catch.

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