Tuna Fish Subzi

Have you wondered what you could do with those convenient little cans of tuna besides the standard tuna salad recipe? Maybe you don’t have time to shop for fresh fish and stocking up on some tuna cans in your pantry just might save your dinner. Tuna Fish is packed with healthy goodness. This is what 1 serving has to offer:
1 gram of fat
0 carbs
20 grams of protein

Amazed? Here is an Indian style tuna fish recipe to for you to try.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Serves – 4


Tuna – 2, 6 oz cans (packed in water)
Oil – 1 Tbs p
Onions – 1 medium, chopped
Ginger – 1 Tbsp, minced
Garlic – 1 Tbsp, minced
Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped
Green Chili – to taste
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Tandoori Masala – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Cilantro – 15 sprigs, finely chopped
Lime/Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp or to taste


1. Heat the Oil on medium flame in a wok-type pan.
2. Once hot, add in the Onions and allow them to get translucent.
3. Once done, add in the Ginger, Garlic and the Green Chilies.
4. Allow it to some more till the Onions get some color on them.
5. Reduce flame and add in the Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder, Red Chili Powder and the Tandoori Masala.
6. Mix well and cook for 30-40 seconds.
7. Add in Tomatoes.
8. Add in the Tuna, which has been drained and squeezed. Open it up with a fork or fingers.
9. Mix and add salt.
10. Cover and cook for 5 min, allow the Tuna to get hot and the Tomatoes to soften up a bit.
11. Stir in between.
12. Add in the Cilantro and Lime/Lemon Juice and mix well.
13. Serve hot with Chapatis, Parathas or Nan.


1. This is a great item for stuff in different things, from sandwiches to Parathas.

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0 thoughts on “Tuna Fish Subzi

  1. HI,

    Thank you for this super recipe..I tried this recipe and it turned out awesome…i added macaroni at last..it was very nice..but it became very dry..what can be done?

  2. ive made this dish 3 times thus far…its so delicious!..i was wondering how it would taste with canned salmon though…?anybody ever tried that substitute?

  3. I wanted to thank you for posting so many wonderful recipes, this one in particular simply made my day. I am living on my own in Seattle, WA and I’ve been trying to cook Indian food to sort of give me that taste of home. This dish reminds me of something similar that my mother used to make for me! Thank you so much for posting this on your site.

  4. Please post some more fish recipes. There are so few on the site. Would love the Amritsari fried fish, Bengali fish curry….recipes


  5. I made this today. It was awesome. I made a sandwich out of it and it was very good. I am going to serve it with rice today. Let’s see what everyone says.

  6. Thanks for the awesome tuna recipe, and for your website. Indian food used to always be very daunting to me, but now I feel I know what to do. I’m American and my husband is Indian, and you have really helped me make food that he enjoys.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Claire,

      You just made our day! When we started SMTC, one of our biggest goals was to introduce Indian cuisine to non-Indians – basically make is so simple that anyone with or without prior experience can take on the challenge. You have just showed us that we are succeeding! Thanks a bunch for writing :).

  7. Hi,
    Would it possible to freeze fish curry. Need not be this recipe. But other kinds of fish. kerala fish curry

    1. Here is our response from the previous time you asked the question, reposting it incase you did not get it:
      Hi Simi,

      Most Chicken Curry dishes freeze well. Always make sure you freeze in an airtight container to avoid freezer burns. When defrosting, defrost well before heating so the chicken pieces do not break up.

      As for Fish Curries, fish is a very delicate. You can freeze but you have to be very careful while re-heating.

  8. Hi this is ashu..thank u for the wonderful reciepes
    i tryd many dishes it tastes very good. i really appreciate ur work.. Well Done..i love ur site 🙂

  9. sorry to say but you have so off putting sound recording.when the camera is near voice is high and and when camera goes far we really have to listion hard to understand the program.

    1. Hi Nina,

      We appreciate your feedback. This is one of our older videos. We have since invested in better equipment. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to see some of our newer videos.

  10. Thanks for this great recipe! I made it along with one of your rice dishes… we live on the Oregon coast so I used tuna that a friend had canned from fresh-caught last summer. It was perfect, nice to use high-quality tuna for such a tasty dish! I love your site, it’s my only hope for Indian food.:)

  11. Wow!! I made this and it was amazing.

    Can I use canned salmon to make this? If possible, can you please respond quickly, as I am planning to make it for a party this weekend.

    I have tried the other recipies from your website and all were amazing. I loved the banana bread.

    1. Thanks, Christina!

      About the canned Salmon, we have never tried it but don’t see any reason why it won’t work. You may have to adjust the spices a little but other than that, we think it’ll be great.

  12. hi hetal & Anuja:

    I tried your tuna recipes, it was yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. keep posting such interesting recipes.


  13. Hi,

    How can I make this recipe with fresh raw tuna? Would I need to add water in this recipe or maybe bake tuna first and then add it to the recipe? I normally avoid canned or packaged food and like to use fresh ingredients.


  14. Can I ask you the brand for the tandoori masala? I only find the tandoori masala paste in the grocery store which has a very strong flavor.

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