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Quinoa Tuna Casserole Recipe

Quinoa Tuna Casserole

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"My father is on a low-carb diet, but I love tuna casserole so I decided to try to make it with quinoa. This is also kind of a recipe for quinoa risotto as that is how I cooked the quinoa."

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms and onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook quinoa in melted butter until lightly brown. Pour enough stock to just cover the quinoa. Allow the liquid to reduce to half. Continue this process until quinoa is soft and all stock is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Season with salt throughout process.
  4. Stir mushrooms, onion, and tuna through the quinoa; season with black pepper. Stir 1/4 cup butter, the egg, and flour into the quinoa mixture; transfer to a casserole dish and top with bread crumbs to cover.
  5. Bake until the top is golden brown and the center is hot, about 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 10, 2012

Pour enough stock to just cover the quinoa. Allow the liquid to reduce to half. Continue this process until quinoa is soft and all stock is absorbed, about 30 minutes Did you read this part kc37?

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 09, 2014

I thought the recipe was okay, just an average tuna casserole, but my significant other took one bite and wouldn't eat any more. I did make a few simple changes to the recipe, adding more tuna and adding some fresh asparagus, neither of which should have changed our reaction to the recipe much as we like tuna and asparagus. I've concluded that my SO simply doesn't like quinoa, as this is the second recipe I've tried that included it and he wouldn't eat.

May 15, 2012

Solid, healthier alternative to egg noodles. I made these changes to speed things along. - cook 1 can chicken broth with 1/2 can quinoa 10 min in microwave, stir 2 x - add one can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup and two cans drained tuna - stir, add to 9*9 casserole and bake at 375 for 45 min I would add fresh herbs and maybe peas next time to give it color. It looked unappetizing, but tasted good.

Sep 10, 2012

I substituted olive oil for the butter, used 3 of the 2.3 oz tuna packets and only used 4 cups of stock. the quinoa was totally cooked by then and any more stock would probably have made it mushy. Also I did not want to open another box of stock. I also added peas and will probably add broccoli, cauliflower and/or ground turkey next time. To season I used some tumeric, lots of cumin, minimal cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt while I was cooking the quinoa. This was a really good recipe and it leaves a lot of room for additions which is nice. I don't feel like I have to run to the store to spend $10 on one ingredient--these are all things that I have or will use normally. Five stars for convenience, versatility, inexpensiveness, healthiness and tastiness.

Jul 05, 2012

This was good for being a healthy version of tuna casserole. I added spinach and another can of tuna as I wanted it to be a stand alone meal. I think of tuna casserole as full of tuna and I feel like this could have even had a 3rd can, but that's probably a personal preference. (I also think somewhere along the way my portions were bigger as it didn't all fit in my casserole pan) Thanks for a great idea!

May 12, 2012

I'm pretty particular about tuna noodle casserole, but this was good. I'm not sure what could up the flavor a little, but I might try to add something next time.

Oct 10, 2012

A very versatile casserole recipe. The quinoa can be cooked in the microwave with about 4 cups of vegetable/chicken stock. Based on what we had in the house, we added one can of condensed mushroom soup, a cup of frozen peas, a cup of frozen stir-fry vegetables, half of a sauteed red onion, two small cans of tuna, and a variety of seasonings (cumin, garlic salt, oregano, thyme, basil, cilantro, black pepper, regular salt, chili powder, and a little cayenne pepper), with seasoned panko crumbs on top. The quinoa cooked in the microwave in about 15 minutes, stirring and adding liquid every five minutes. The casserole set nicely and browned around the edges in about 30 minutes. It made a very satisfying meal. Next time I will probably add another can of tuna and would be comfortable adding any vegetables around the house.

May 23, 2012

Since I have very high cholesterol & can't have either noodles or white rice, this is a great alternative. Added a little chopped fresh basil at the end for some fresh herbage & was awesome. Thanks so much for giving me one of my fave dishes back!


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  • Calories
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 7 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 332 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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