Spicy Tuna Skillet

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I am not a huge fan of tuna even though the rest of my family loves it. So I’m always trying to come up with ways to use tuna that will make us all happy. I find if the tuna is masked in something crispy (like my tuna croquettes) or combined with a well-flavored sauce, I do enjoy it.

That’s one of the things I’ve learned over the years when it comes to having a frugal kitchen. If there is an ingredient that provides a cheap protein source while still being healthy, I should find a way to use it. And it’s so much better when that item is actually liked by at least half of us. I do this with eggs, beans and lentils too. It really pushes me to be creative and helps to broaden our tastes as a family. What is your favorite cheap protein source?

Spicy Tuna Skillet

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Tuna Skillet


  • 1/2 lb egg noodles
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cup milk, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can tuna drained
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp butter, optional
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, optional


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice the red pepper, onion and celery. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. Refrigerate until using. Combine the red pepper, onion and celery in a small bowl or plastic baggie and refrigerate.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet. Add red pepper, onion and celery. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 minutes. Add flour and cook an additional 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, paprika and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in cooked egg noodles, corn, tuna and mayonnaise. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, as needed. To serve immediately, cook until heated through, about 3-5 minutes. Otherwise, refrigerate after combining until meal time and then just warm on the stove until heated through.
  • OPTIONAL STEP – If desired, melt 1 T. butter and combine with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle on top of the skillet and place under a broiler for about 2 minutes or in a hot oven for 5 minutes, just until golden brown.