Low-carb, Low-fat, Tasty Tuna Dishes

We are on the search for dinner recipes that aren’t too high in fat and are delicious. Many low-carb recipes try to punch up the flavor or mouthfeel by adding a ton of fat. It’s understandable. Fat makes things taste good! For some people who are eating low-carb, fat content doesn’t matter. It might not be something you even consider while making your choices. But everyone has different goals, and we want to help everyone meet them.  

It’s World Tuna Day. It’s a day intended to make us reflect on the importance of responsible fish stock management. Overfishing has driven some species of tuna to the brink of extinction. Canned tuna is the second most popular seafood in the U.S. after shrimp. Tuna farming isn’t a widespread market, but it could be a reality someday. Until then, buy reputable brands of tuna and enjoy these recipes!

Healthy Tuna Patties


We love tuna patties as either a light dinner or a protein-packed snack. Drain all the water from the tuna to make your patties hold together well. Egg is the only binder — the recipe doesn’t contain bread crumbs — so you need to cut out moisture. Add an extra egg to your mix if a test patty doesn’t work. Each patty has 54 calories, one gram of carbs and one gram of fat. Get the recipe.

Easy, Low-carb Tuna Salad


This tuna salad is so good that it’s hard to believe it’s been altered to be low-carb. It’s ready in 10 minutes, so it’s excellent for lunch or a fast dinner. It’s another meal that’s perfect for summer. Lemon and dill add a fresh flavor, while mustard adds depth. Tomatoes, onions and celery add some crunch and veggies into the dish. We like tuna salad on lettuce wraps. Low-carb bread is an option, but lettuce wraps are perfect for fish salad and leave you more calories for any sides you might want. A serving has 305 calories, two grams of carbs, 0.5 grams of fiber and 22 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Tuna Zoodle Casserole


Tuna casserole is a staple of the American diet. But this comfort food can be a nightmare if you have blood sugar concerns. This version swaps traditional noodles for ones made with zucchini. It’s still creamy and cheesy. But, as it uses almond milk and only a fourth of a cup of heavy cream, it’s much lighter than many recipes for tuna casserole. A serving has 295 calories, 3.4 grams of carbs, 0.1 grams of fiber and 20.6 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Tuna and Cucumber Salad


If you prefer tuna salad without mayo, this is right for you. We love this salad’s flavor mix of oregano, parsley, garlic and lemon. It makes it light and bright. Adding cucumber, avocado, olives and chickpeas with the more traditional tomatoes and onions make this feel like a Mediterranean dish, and it could become a staple of your summer menu! A serving has 321.4 calories, 14.4 grams of carbs, 6.4 grams of fiber and 14.8 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

We hope these recipes help you celebrate tuna any day of the year. It’s a delicious fish and one of America’s favorites. If we fish it sustainably, it should be a favorite forever!

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