My sisters and I love this dish and it has been a favorite now for 30 years! I hope it brings you as much joy as it has us!

Marcy

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 1 1/2-quart casserole
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. (See Cook's Note.)

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Whisk the egg yolks slightly in a medium bowl. Gradually pour a steady stream of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, until you have whisked in about half of the milk mixture. Return the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan with the remaining milk, and whisk until smooth. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir the rice, tuna, onion, and lemon juice into the milk mixture.

  • Beat egg whites until foamy in a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites should form a sharp peak that holds its shape; set aside.

  • Gently fold in the egg whites until evenly blended, then pour into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole has puffed slightly, is golden brown, and has set in the center, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You may use 2 cups cooked rice in this recipe (instead of cooking it), if you have leftover rice on hand.

Optional: towards the end of the baking time, you may add slices of cheese to the top.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 20.6g 41% DV; carbohydrates 24.1g 8% DV; fat 13.6g 21% DV; cholesterol 117.1mg 39% DV; sodium 537.3mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
Absolutely fantastic! I was pleasant surprised by this casserole. The only thing I changed was to add 1 garlic clove crushed and grated and also grated a carrot and added some parsley. Very good flavor and fairly easy recipe to follow. Will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
My husband and I made this together tonight and as we made it we would only give it 3 stars. I hate to say that as we did not have onion and we added peas like a tuna casserole. We will try it again but as others have added garlic and more veggies. Thanks for the filling dish however! Read More
(16)
77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
Absolutely fantastic! I was pleasant surprised by this casserole. The only thing I changed was to add 1 garlic clove crushed and grated and also grated a carrot and added some parsley. Very good flavor and fairly easy recipe to follow. Will definitely be making this again. Read More
(85)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2010
I really enjoyed this twist on a tuna casserole recipe. Being gluten sensitive I mixed cornstarch with some of the milk and stirred it into the melting butter instead of making a flour paste. This worked quite well. I also added garlic and basil to add flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2010
This was pretty good. It came out a little dry, so next time I'll make sure the gravy is thinned out a bit. I used less rice (1/2 cup before cooking) and two 7oz cans of tuna. I sprinkled a little garlic powder and garlic salt in the gravy, and topped the casserole with parsley. This is very similar to tuna casserole. I might add peas and a little cheese to the mix next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2010
This was sweet for my college budget. Didn't have any onion but the recipe was still flavorful especially with a little bit of Parmesan cheese and Frank's Red Hot on top! (put that s t on everything) Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2010
Surprisingly delicious! I have made this twice now! My husband loves it and so do I! I don't really like the taste of canned tuna and didn't want to make a traditional casserole. This fit the bill! This recipe is now a standard! Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2010
No your eyes deceiving you!! It does look like there are green beans in the dish. had to do a double take. I think the bowl is a dark green glasss and that is what viewers are seeing. Doesn't make it look as good as it is. The recipe is delicious and simple. I would add some things like cheese or other items that viewers mentioned. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2011
Delicious! Simple (And cheap!) to make my family of 4 loved it although next time I will double ingredients. Added mixed veggies. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
My husband and I made this together tonight and as we made it we would only give it 3 stars. I hate to say that as we did not have onion and we added peas like a tuna casserole. We will try it again but as others have added garlic and more veggies. Thanks for the filling dish however! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2010
I used brown rice instead of white. I also used onion powder instead of grated onion. I like the idea of the recipe but next time I think I will saute yellow onion and add that. Also I think some low fat cheddar mixed in would do a lot for this. Over all loved it! Read More
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