Our Tuna mayo recipe is a delicious and super tasty dish perfect for tuna mayonnaise sandwich filling, a jacket potato topping, served with cucumber, tomato and lettuce for a simple tuna salad or as a tuna pasta salad.
The combination of tuna, creamy mayonnaise, sweetcorn, red onion, cucumber, mustard and Worcestershire sauce gives this dish plenty of flavour and is a firm favourite in our home.
If you're looking for a quick and hassle-free no-cook meal with minimal prep time, try making this tuna mayo recipe. The best part is that you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences.
Check out our video for how to make tuna mayonnaise.
Let's review the ingredients used in this tuna mayo recipe and suitable alternatives/ extras.For the full list of ingredients and detailed instructions for making the tuna recipe as seen in the pictures, you can jump straight to the recipe card.
The type of canned tuna steak you use in this recipe ultimately depends on your dietary preferences and taste. While canned tuna in olive oil or sunflower oil can add a lovely richer flavour to make the best tuna mayo, it may not be the healthiest option.
Tuna chunks in spring water or tuna chunks in brine works well with a nice texture and provide a healthier alternative and still a great source of protein. It's all about finding what works best for you!
Mayonnaise is an essential ingredient for this dish and adds a creamy richness to the tuna. While full-fat mayo can provide the best results regarding flavour and texture, low-fat mayo can be a healthier alternative.
However, if you prefer a more vinegary taste, using salad cream as a substitute to mayo can also work well.
The following ingredients you can mix and match. Add what you like and remove anything you don't like!
For those who love a bit of texture in their food, adding sweetcorn to tuna mayo is a game-changer. Not only does sweetcorn provide a delicious crunch, but it also brings a natural sweetness.
Adding cucumber to tuna mayo is an excellent refreshing and healthy choice. Celery is another alternative.
Prepare by cutting into small pieces, a similar size to the sweetcorn.
Give your tuna mayo a boost by adding some finely diced red onions for extra sharpness, a pleasant crunch and added colour. Half an onion is enough. Otherwise, it can overpower the flavour.
When making for the kids, we tend to leave the onion out as they find the taste too strong.
You could use any onion. Spring onions are another of my favourites.
Worcestershire sauce adds a distinct and delicious savoury depth to the dish that is hard to resist. The unique blend of spices used in Worcestershire sauce perfectly complements the flavours of tuna mayonnaise.
Adding mustard to tuna mayo is a great way to add a taste and texture to the dish. Wholegrain mustard is a popular choice as it adds a slight crunch that complements the creaminess of the mayo and tuna.
However, other types of mustard can also enhance the dish in different ways. Dijon mustard, for example, has a smoother texture and a sharp taste that balances well with tuna and creamy mayo. English mustard, on the other hand, can provide heat which can add a tangy kick to the dish.
Salt and pepper are basic seasonings that can help enhance tuna mayo, but you can also experiment with other spices and herbs to create a unique taste.
For example, adding a pinch of garlic powder, paprika or spicy cayenne pepper can add some heat to your tuna mayo. While dried or fresh herbs like dill or parsley can provide a fresh herbal note.
The possibilities are endless, so get creative with your season choices. Remember to start with small amounts and taste as you go until you find the perfect balance for your palate.
Another option is to toss in green, yellow, orange or red pepper. Bell peppers add more crunch and fantastic colour. Grated carrot is another great vegetable to add for health and colour.
Try adding olives, capers or finely chopped caperberries. Add a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness.
Drain the tuna steak and sweetcorn and place them into a medium bowl with your fresh salad and vegetables.
Add the mayonnaise and other condiments and seasonings into the bowl.
Stir all the recipe ingredients until well combined.
If you prefer your tuna mayo to be creamier, add more mayo to the recipe, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. This will enhance the richness and give your dish a smoother texture.
Similarly, if your tuna mayo lacks seasoning or flavour, you can adjust the amount of spices and herbs according to your taste preferences.
Tuna mayo is ready to serve immediately with various accompaniments to make a satisfying meal. One popular option is to use it as a tuna sandwich filling between slices of crusty bread.
You could also add some fresh lettuce or sliced tomatoes for added crunch and nutrition. Or add it to a panini with cheese for a tuna cheese melt.
Another great option is to serve the tuna mixture on top of a cooked air fryer jacket potato or oven baked potatoes with butter mixed in for extra creaminess. This makes for a hearty and comforting meal to eat all year round for lunch or dinner with a side salad.
Other ideas include serving the tuna mayo as an appetizer dip for raw veggies like carrots or celery sticks or mixing it with salad leaves and other salad items, creating a flavorful and healthy tuna salad.
Whatever way you choose to serve it, tuna mayo is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
- 2 tins Tuna in spring water/ brine or oil
- 10 tablespoon Mayonnaise real or low fat
- 1 tablespoon Wholegrain Mustard or other mustards
- Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tin Sweetcorn
- ½ Red Onion finely diced
- ¼ Cucumber finely diced
- Salt and Black Pepper
- Drain the tuna and sweetcorn.2 tins Tuna, 1 tin Sweetcorn
- Dice the onion and cucumber.½ Red Onion, ¼ Cucumber
- Place the tuna, salad and vegetables into a large mixing bowl
- Add mayonnaise and mustard, worcestershire and season with salt and black pepper.10 tablespoon Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Wholegrain Mustard, Salt and Black Pepper, Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
- Mix all together until well combined. If you like it creamier add more mayonnaise.
- Serve with jacket potatoes, mix into pasta, serve with salad or inside a sandwich.
This homemade tuna mayo mixture will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
More seafood recipes
Looking for more canned tuna recipes? Try our tuna burgers, a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional burgers.
Let us know how you serve your tuna mixture, feel free to share your tuna salad or pasta pictures with us on Instagram - @flawlessfooduk