The best canned tuna for every taste and budget. These shelf-stable seafood products are perfect for everything from sandwiches to salade niçoise.
Heck, there’s even some shelf-stable tuna we’re happy to eat straight out of the can. Herewith, our picks for each purpose:
Sustainable sourcing and minimal processing make this option worth the splurge. Amazon
The sashimi-grade white albacore from American Tuna is caught on a pole (not in a net), then smoked before it’s packed in olive oil, by hand—all in the Pacific Northwest. While this tuna is ideal for everything from tuna croquettes (think: crab cakes but with tuna) to seafood dip, it really shines on the aforementioned Salade Niçoise.
Keep your pantry stocked with this budget-friendly favorite. Amazon
A lower-calorie alternative to oil-packed tuna, Bumble Bee’s solid white albacore tuna is packed in water, vegetable broth, and sea salt. The basic ingredients impart a clean, light flavor that lends itself to American, mayo-based tuna salads. Because this “solid” tuna contains larger, firmer pieces than “chunk” tuna, you can also use it to top green salads, crackers, and more.
Fresh from the Spanish coast. Ortiz
A bit higher-end than most but the Ortiz brand is worth every penny. This tuna is caught off the Bay of Biscay, then cooked and packaged quickly to preserve maximum freshness. Made with nothing more than Spanish olive oil and salt, this tuna is moist and delicate and absolutely delicious. Perfect for simply nibbling on a cracker or enjoying on a plate of its own with briny olives and a glass chilled glass of wine.
A quick source of protein. Tonnino
Tonnino is well-known for their jarred packaging and unlike its canned competitors, this brand offers thick and meaty tuna fillets. Wild-caught and responsibly sourced, this gourmet tuna is available in wide variety of flavors such as garlic and jalapeno.
Hold the mayo on this one, you’ll want to savor every bite in its pure form! Amazon
Generally speaking, canned tuna isn’t considered a ready-to-eat product. It usually needs a little mayo or, at the very least, salt and pepper. El Manar’s Tunisian tuna, however, is packed with harissa, a spicy North African chili paste. The results are flavorful enough to eat straight from the can, but this tuna also works in salads, spreads, and more—as long as you don’t mind a little kick.