Since I started on this Keto journey on August 23, 2019, I’ve noticed one thing – I have been craving tuna fish like nobody’s business. Not sure if it is because of the sudden shift in what I am eating, but it has been a good amount of time since I whipped some of this up. So today I decided to make a big batch (hubby loves it too) for us to munch on.
I use Starkist Tuna and Duke’s Mayonnaise. I’ve tried other mayo – like Kraft and Hellman’s – both are just too sweet for my liking. Then again, since moving South in the early ’90s, I’ve been a diehard Duke’s fan!
I fix this a variety of different ways depending on what is available in the house when the craving hits. I’m giving you the standard recipe as well as a list of additions you can add to the basic recipe to kick it up a notch or add some crunch factor.
Be sure to drain the water from your tuna very, very well. You can do that by dumping all the cans into a colander and squishing it really well. Use a colander with very small holes so you are not losing precious tuna in the process.
- (6) 5 ounce cans Starkist Tuna Fish in water
- (6) Tbsp. Duke's Mayonnaise (start with 4 Tbsp. and add up to 6)
- (1) small onion, diced small
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- dash of cayenne pepper
- fresh chives, to taste
- Open all six cans of tuna fish and drain water (you may need to put in a colander and squeeze excess moisture from the tuna fish)
- In a large bowl, combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, onion, and chives and stir well
- Add tuna fish to the bowl and mix well to distribute flavors
- Add mayo to the tuna fish mixture and mix well
- Transfer to a serving dish with cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Serve on a bed of lettuce or with Tom's Hot Pork Rind Chicharrones for an added kick to the flavor
There are many different ways that you can "kick this up a notch" to suit your own personal tastebuds. Some items you can add to the above recipe:
- a dash or two of Hot Sauce
- crumbled baked bacon
- finely shredded cheese
- Granny Smith apples, diced small
- hard-boiled eggs
If you are not following a Keto plan or watching your carbohydrates, this tuna fish salad is absolutely delicious served on multi-grain crackers or toast.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Total Fat: 12.5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 55mg Sodium: 435mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 20g
Pre-Keto I would prepare two slices of toast and put a generous portion of tuna fish on each slice of toast, top it with shredded cheese, and pop it in the toaster oven for just a minute till the cheese melted. You can also top with a slice of tomato and cheese and have an open-faced sandwich. The possibilities are endless.
Since I don’t want all of those additional carbs from the toast or the Ritz crackers I loved to devour, I’ve got a new favorite – Tom’s Pork Skin Chicharrones. The plain are just too bland for me, so I always get the Hot or the BBQ flavor. It just depends on how much of a kick you want that day!
Another favorite of mine is to make the above recipe and add bacon, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and a handful or two of the Granny Smith apples diced up. Absolutely delicious!
If you decide to give our recipe a try, let me know! I would love to see your photos of your creation!