Times were tough for my newly divorced mom in the 70's. I remember eating creamed tuna on toast with a green salad on the side at least weekly. It was one of my favorite meals, and I had no idea we were eating it out of necessity. 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!

holly

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • Ladle tuna mixture over toasted bread to serve.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 13.4g 27% DV; carbohydrates 19.9g 6% DV; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 32mg 11% DV; sodium 303.2mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2016
My goodness, this reminds me of Lenten suppers, afternoons when I was sick, and quiet moments with just my mom and me. But, you absolutely, positively must have frozen baby peas added to the recipe, and if you are feeling rich, then butter your toast before adding the creamed tuna. This is pure comfort food for me, it was something that really only my mom and I liked. The rest of the family are it, but only because there was nothing else. I loved it, and I still do, but my own children won't touch it. I still make this when I'm sad or lost; my mom has been dead for 20 years, but she's at the table with me when I serve myself this dish. Thank you for posting a happy memory for me. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2015
This recipe as written is ok Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2016
My goodness, this reminds me of Lenten suppers, afternoons when I was sick, and quiet moments with just my mom and me. But, you absolutely, positively must have frozen baby peas added to the recipe, and if you are feeling rich, then butter your toast before adding the creamed tuna. This is pure comfort food for me, it was something that really only my mom and I liked. The rest of the family are it, but only because there was nothing else. I loved it, and I still do, but my own children won't touch it. I still make this when I'm sad or lost; my mom has been dead for 20 years, but she's at the table with me when I serve myself this dish. Thank you for posting a happy memory for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2014
Our stories sound much alike except my dad passed away and times were tough with just mom also in the 70's. She would make this, but she always added a can of peas. I liked it as a kid and then I made it for my kids, now it's just hubby and me at home and I still make it now and again. It's quick and cheap. I looked your recipe up today to see if I others added something special to make it better. When I read your recipe I though no need, but I did add half a chopped onion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2017
I have been amazed to see that nobody else adds chopped boiled eggs to their creamed tuna! I usually double this recipe and add 4 chopped boiled eggs. Delicious, and an inexpensive way to add good protein and stretch and already an expensive meal I have been amazed to see that nobody else adds chopped boiled eggs to their creamed tuna! Are usually double this recipe and add for chopped boiled eggs. Delicious, and an inexpensive way to add good protein and stretch and already inexpensive meal Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2014
thank you! I loved this growing up and was trying to find the recipe that uses milk and not condensed cream soups and this is it! The only change I make is to add fresh or frozen peas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2015
I too ate this growing up and make it frequently still! The only real difference to mine is that I add celery seasoning. I'll try the peas next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2015
I remember my grandmother making this for me when I was very young, but I couldn't find the recipe. This tastes exactly how I remembered it. Thank you for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2016
It's so funny but I made this just last night for dinner. I always thought I was the only person on earth that ate this growing up in the 70's. and then I just now stumbled upon the recipe on here today. I come from a huge catholic family and my mom made this probably once a week. We all loved it then as kids and most of my siblings still make this now as adults.. My mom always served this with white rice. She often made the creamed sauce from scratch but in a pinch you can substitute cream of mushroom soup which is just as tasty. I make it the same way my mom taught me with diced celery peas parsley and dill I also use at least 3 cans of tuna with the water its packed in this really boosts the flavor. This is a really forgiving recipe and you can use ingredients in any amounts that suit your own personal taste. I highly recommend this served with the white rice instead of toast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2014
This reminds me of growing up in the 80's or having a tuna casserole. I made a couple of modifications to the recipe. I added 1/4 of a finely chopped onion and 1/4 of a finely chopped apple to the butter and caramelized them before adding the flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2015
Love this! Had this all the time growing up and was craving it this week. This is the exact recipe my mother would make but depending on what we had laying around the house she would sometimes throw in a handful of cheese or peas at the end. Also super cheap to make which is always a plus Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2015
This recipe as written is ok Read More
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