Tuna Curry
Tuna Curry
5 from 85 votes
A true curry in a hurry recipe made with canned tuna and delicious spicy onion masala. Budget-friendly, quick, and easy, this fish curry recipe is delicious and best served with chapatti.
Tuna Curry

Welcome to my kitchen, where today we’re diving into the world of flavorful and aromatic dishes with a recipe for Tuna Curry.

This dish is a delightful fusion of spices and succulent tuna, perfect for those seeking a satisfying meal packed with bold flavors.

Originating from coastal regions, this recipe brings together the richness of canned tuna with the warmth of traditional spices.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making curry from scratch; this recipe is beginner-friendly and promises a rewarding culinary experience. Let’s embark on this flavorful journey together!

Expert Tip: To enhance the aroma of the curry, toast whole spices such as cumin seeds and coriander seeds before grinding them into a powder for use.


Tuna: Tuna provides a convenient and protein-rich base for the dish. Its flaky texture absorbs the aromatic spices, infusing each bite with savory goodness.

Olive Oil: Olive oil adds a luscious richness to the curry and serves as the cooking medium for sautéing the onions and garlic, enhancing their flavors.

Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves contribute a pungent and aromatic flavor to the curry, elevating its taste profile with their savory notes.

Onions: Onions, when finely diced and cooked to a golden brown, lend a natural sweetness and depth to the curry, forming its flavorful base.

Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes provide a tangy and slightly sweet essence to the curry, balancing the spices and adding a hint of freshness to each spoonful.

Salt: Salt acts as a seasoning agent, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients and bringing balance to the dish.

Chilli Powder: Chilli powder imparts a fiery kick to the curry, adding warmth and depth to its flavor profile. Adjust the quantity according to your spice preference.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): Turmeric powder not only lends a vibrant yellow hue to the curry but also offers earthy undertones and subtle bitterness, complementing the other spices harmoniously.

Green Chillies: Finely sliced green chillies provide a fresh and fiery flavor to the curry, infusing it with a hint of heat and brightness.

Expert Tip: Feel free to customize the recipe by adding vegetables such as bell peppers or potatoes for extra texture and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair the Tuna Curry with steamed rice for a comforting and satisfying meal.
  • Serve alongside warm, homemade chapattis or naan bread to soak up the delicious gravy.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime juice for added freshness and zest.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavor, allow the spices to cook thoroughly in the oil before adding the tomatoes and tuna.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, you can substitute canned tuna with fresh tuna fillets. Simply cube the tuna and cook it until tender before adding it to the curry.

How spicy is this curry?

The spiciness of the curry can be adjusted according to your preference by varying the amount of chilli powder and green chillies used.

Can I make this curry in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the curry in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop before serving.

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Tuna Curry

Tuna Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
A true curry in a hurry recipe made with canned tuna and a delicious spicy onion masala. Budget-friendly, quick, and easy, this fish curry recipe is delicious and best served with chapatti.
5 from 85 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal


  • 400 g Tuna Canned
  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic
  • 3 Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 2 Green Chillies


  • Heat up the olive oil in a pan on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until softened
  • Add the chopped garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the canned tuna and cook for 5-7 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced green chillies and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Serve immediately alongside a side of homemade chapatti and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 21gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 894mgPotassium: 623mgFibre: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1232IUVitamin C: 27mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 58mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Fish, Food, Recipe, Seafood, Spicy, Tuna
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Latest comments (5)

5 stars
I made this for dinner tonight and served it with wholewheat pasta. It was really nice and would be great as a cold pasta salad. I tempered the oil with cumin, fennel and mustard seeds and it really worked. Also threw in a small tin of sweetcorn. Thanks for sharing it, it’s going to become a favourite in our house.

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Thank you so much for trying out the recipe! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it and found those additional flavourings and ingredients to be a great addition. It’s wonderful to know that the dish has become a favourite in your household. If you have any more feedback or if you try any other variations, feel free to share.

Nabeela Kauser

Normally the tuna comes in brine, which is salty. For best results, you should drain the water. Sorry for the late response.

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