Fried tuna

There things in life you do not see yourself enjoying. For me canned tuna was one of those. I tasted it a long time ago and I really did not like it. I later resorted to taking the “flavoured” (for lack of a better word) one eg, mango salsa, thousand island, coronation etc. I stayed like this for years till some time in 2011 when I had dinner at my pal Liz’s house and she had made fried canned tuna with ugali that I really enjoyed. I remember thinking to myself that that was a new discovery but I did not think of it again till some time last year when I ate the same dish at my pal Mo’s house.

Now I’m not saying anything (-: but Mo’s tuna was delicious. She had put in some onions and tomatoes and fish masala. Then she served it with sukuma and ugali….. my GAWD that food was tasty and I just had to try it out myself. I remember I even borrowed her fish masala on that day I went to Kakuma town the next day and bought the tuna and that night I fell in love with the dish all over again.

Fried Tina

To be honest my best is when I use Tropical Jaan chilli flakes tuna. Its amazing. HAPPY COOKING!!



Easy Fried Canned Tuna

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 servings or 1 hungry man


  1. 1 canned tuna
  2. 1 medium onion (sliced)
  3. 1 large tomato or 2 small (chopped)
  4. 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  5. 1 teaspoon chicken masala ( I use nature’s own)
  6. Small bunch of chopped dhania
  7. Salt, pepper and chilli to taste


If your tuna is canned in oil open the can slightly and empty some of the oil into a pan and discard the rest. Use this oil to cook. Add in the onions and cook till translucent then add in the garlic till its aromatic.

Once the garlic is aromatic add in the tomatoes, fish masala, salt, pepper and chilli and cook till the tomatoes are soft then add in the Dhania cook for 2 mins then add in the tuna. Mix well and let to simmer for 3-4 minutes then serve with ugali.



Written by David Mwakodi