Tuna Fish Sandwich Recipe

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! This easy tuna fish sandwich recipe is a classic.

tuna fish sandwich

I prefer to use tuna packed in water, rather than oil. I like the taste - and it's healthier too.

I am including measurements just as a general guideline. Once you have made this once, you won't need to measure.

You can butter your bread, or not. I find that the tuna spread is moist enough that I don't need the butter.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • canned tuna
    • whole wheat bread
    • salt
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • mayonnaise

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • celery

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a can opener
    • a fork
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • measuring cups and spoons (if not, just estimate)

    The recipe

    1 can (6 oz/170 g) tuna, drained

    1/4 cup /60 mL mayonnaise

    2 Tbsp/30 mL diced celery



    2 slices whole wheat bread

    Use a fork to flake the drained tuna into a bowl.

    Add the mayonnaise and diced celery.

    Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Mix well.

    Spread the tuna on one slice of bread, top with the other slice, and enjoy!


    • Use plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

    • Use another type of bread in place of the whole wheat. Or make the sandwich on a croissant, an English muffin, a bagel or a crusty bun. Or stuff the tuna mixture into a pita pocket.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Add some flavoring to the tuna fish mix. How about some cottage cheese or a bit of lemon juice? A spoonful of yellow or Dijon mustard?

    • Add some more solid additions to the mix - instead of or as well as the celery. Some chopped sweet onion would be tasty, or chopped cucumber. How about capers? Or chopped hard-boiled egg?

    • Add some herbs to the mix. How about some dill, parsley or tarragon?

    • Use your own homemade mayonnaise.


    • Use this as a tuna salad recipe: follow the recipe as written, but instead of making a sandwich, serve the tuna mixture on a lettuce leaf, or as a side salad.

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