Old-fashioned Creamed Tuna Fish

At my house all the holiday baking is done (and has been consumed), and I’m ready to put up my feet and relax. To me this means that it’s time to make simple, basic, comfort foods like Creamed Tuna Fish.

The hundred-year-old recipe that I found for Creamed Tuna Fish only had two ingredients: tuna fish and white sauce. My updated version has four since I listed the ingredients in the white sauce.

Here’s the original recipe:

Source: The Housewife’s Cook Book by Lilla Frich (1917)

Creamed Tuna Fish is wonderful when served on toast, and it hits the spot after all the heavy holiday meals.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Creamed Tuna Fish

  • Servings: 2 - 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 can tuna

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir the flour into the butter. While stirring constantly, slowly pour in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. If mixture is too thick, add a little more milk.Β  Stir in the tuna and bring back to a boil; remove from heat.Β  Serve over toast, biscuits, rice, etc.

26 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Creamed Tuna Fish

  1. My goodness. I’ve not thought of creamed tuna on toast in forever. It used to be a staple in our house, too. But it never would have appeared plain, like this. It had to have a little sauteed onion and celery, and some green peas. Strangely, creamed eggs on toast didn’t require any additions. Maybe the color of the egg yolk provided enough contrast!

  2. I so agree that it’s time to bring on the simple basic foods,and cooking for only three. πŸ˜³πŸ˜€ I’m ready to get out of the kitchen for a day or two to think of something other than large menus,stacks of dishes and meals on time. It’s been fun though! Happy New Year,Sheryl! Looking forward to reading your blogs for 2018.πŸ˜„

  3. Mmmm, comfort food on a winter day! I’m sure it would work well with chicken, too. And so easy that you do have lots of time to relax πŸ™‚

  4. My mom hates fish, so as Catholic, meatless Fridays were a problem until she discovered creamed tuna on toast. As the mother of five, she liked shortcuts, so her recipe was a can of tuna mixed with a can of Campbell’s cream of celery soup and a can of le seuer peas.

    One day, a lightning bolt struck and Mom realized homemade pizza would make us happier. That was the end of creamed tuna on toast.

  5. Thanks so much for the recipe and adding the white sauce recipe too. I agree a basic easy comfort food is such a pleasant change after all the holiday meals. This sounds like a tasty quick food to have anytime of the day.

  6. I made this for my girls, like my Mother made it for us. It was my younger daughter’s favorite meal and she always asked for it on her birthday. I also added peas. I like it too,

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