Tuna Fried Rice (Tuna and Rice)

Tuna Fried Rice (Tuna and Rice)

Egg fried rice is one of my favourite go-to meals for small boys (and big Irishmen)! So I’m always looking for ways to tweak it and make it more exciting. This Tuna Fried Rice using canned tuna and rice is my latest favourite.

I’m also always looking for ways to get my boys to eat more fish.

This tuna version ticks both boxes!

And it’s a great pantry meal to have as a backup. Just keep some precooked rice in the freezer like I do. Too easy.

I’ve given a range of tuna quantities so you can adjust depending on how fishy you want your fried rice to be.

Tuna Fried Rice Recipe
3.75 from 4 votes

Tuna Fried Rice

Course Dinner
Cuisine modern
Keyword easy, egg, fried rice, recipe, rice, simple
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1-2 medium cans tuna in oil 200g / 7oz each
  • 3 cups cooked rice (360g / 12oz)
  • 2 handfuls frozen peas
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • toasted sunflower seeds or nuts to serve (optional)
  • 2 green onions (scallions) chopped (optional)


  1. Heat a generous glug of oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add tuna, rice and peas and stir fry for a few minutes until everything is hot.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce. Taste and add extra soy as needed.
  3. Serve hot rice topped with green onions and seeds / nuts (if using).

Recipe Video

Variations & Substitutions Tuna Fried Rice (Tuna and Rice)

no cooked rice – follow this recipe to make your own. Or you can buy par cooked rice in ziplock bags in the supermarket. It’s better if you allow the rice to cool completely before frying – the texture isn’t the same with freshly cooked rice. Although it will still be lovely.

vegetarian – replace tuna with eggs (recipe here) or tofu.

more substantial (carb lovers) – more rice!

more substantial (low carb) – use more tuna and possibly some egg as well. Use a low GI rice like basmati or Doongara (available in Australia). And be generous with your seeds / nuts. I’ve used sunflower seeds in the photo but my boys love it with cashews and my Irishman loves his with peanuts. You can replace some of the cooked rice with cauliflower ‘rice’ (raw grated cauliflower). I’ve seen recipes for fried ‘rice’ using all grated cauliflower but I think it’s too much cauliflower – even for me.

Low FODMAP – replace peas with chopped red capsicum (bell peppers) and make sure to only use the green parts of the green onions.

hot! – use tuna with chilli oil or add some finely chopped fresh or dried red chilli.

different veg / more veg – feel free to replace the peas with any stir fry veg like snow peas, green beans, asparagus, capsicum (bell peppers).

herby – serve with mint or coriander (cilantro) leaves.

nut-free – use sunflower seeds or just skip the nuts.

different protein – eggs are the usual but you could use pre-cooked chicken or sausages instead. Actually given how much my boys love sausages and thinking that will be a good new one to try! Or stir fry some sliced chicken thigh or breast fillets or crumbled sausage meat in the pan first and then when it’s cooked add the rice and peas.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

tuna in oil / rice / soy sauce / sunflower seeds or nuts – keep them in the pantry.

frozen peas – keep in the freezer.

green onions – skip them or keep in the fridge in a plastic bag for weeks.

Prepare Ahead

Best when freshly cooked. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to a week or can be frozen. To serve, fry in a little oil until everything is super hot. If you are planning to keep leftovers make sure you refrigerate them asap, preferably before you sit down to eat but no more than an hour.

Tuna Fried Rice Recipe

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With love,
Jules x

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  • Very nice! I made some with Smoked Tuna dip…added some lime and hot sauce.
    Next time I will make with smoked white fish or even canned lump crab with old bay.

    • Sorry it was lacking in flavour for you Zayna!

      Yes tuna with water would have made it less flavoursome – I use tuna in olive oil. Some extra soy sauce would help :)

    • I always add 1 scotch bonnet pepper (whole and not chopped) fresh thyme and half a teaspoon of Mono sodium glutamate (MSG) brings out the flavour.

      • MSG wow! thats playing with fire for sure, some people instantly break out with a terrible, terrible itching and rash, usually around the neck area and groin, imagine sitting next to someone at the dining table and they desperately have their hands down the front of their pants? or lady for that matter! Please no MSG.

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