Hard Times Creamed Tuna


I remember eating creamed tuna on toast with a green salad on the side at least weekly growing up. It was one of my favorite meals and I had no idea we were eating it out of necessity. Times were tough for my newly divorced mom in the 70s. Times aren't so tough now but I still make this about once a month. It's great when you're in a hurry or have limited supplies on hand. My kids love it too!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 (5 ounce) can chunk light tuna in water, drained and flaked

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 slices bread, toasted, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir flour into melted butter until smooth to make a roux. Slowly stream milk into the mixture while whisking continually. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir tuna into the milk mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook until tuna is warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Ladle tuna mixture over toasted bread to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
9g Fat
20g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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