Throw open my kitchen cabinet doors and you'll find a host of goodies: baking ingredients and dried goods on one side, a myriad of spices and tins along the other. My husband and I adore tinned things, especially those housing oily, briny, rich-in-flavor sardines, tuna, and shellfish. These have served their duty time and time again as easy weeknight "dinners" when we are just too tired to fire up the stove—we just grab a crusty baguette on our way home from work, and pop a tin open when we get home. Doesn't get easier than that.
Canned or jarred tuna serves as one of our most reliable pantry soldiers. Whether they're packed in oil or water, imported from afar or grabbed off the shelves of the supermarket downstairs, preserved tuna is beloved any which way: folded into pasta; heaped upon bread; hidden in rice balls; even added into recipes that don't originally call for tuna, but would taste mighty fine with their addition.
Lean on these tuna can-friendly dishes during your busy weeknights and don't forget to share your own tuna go-tos with us below.
And If You're Not Into Tuna...
We'll Never Say No to a Tuna Salad
Tuna, Tangled Up
Tuna Sandwiches with a French Twist
Rice Is Always Nice
Just Add Tuna
More Preserved Friends
Ramón Peña Spanish Seafood
What's your favorite way to use up the pantry-friendly tuna can during busy weeknights? Let us know below!