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Tuna Rice Puff Recipe

Tuna Rice Puff

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Original recipe makes 1 1 1/2-quart casserole Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Beat egg whites until foamy in a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites should form a sharp peak that holds its shape; set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper; stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir 5 minutes. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until broken, then whisk in the milk mixture a few tablespoons at a time until you have whisked in 1/3 of the milk mixture. Scrape the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk, and whisk until smooth. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove the milk sauce from the heat, and stir in the rice, tuna, onion, and lemon juice. Gently fold in the egg whites until evenly blended, then pour into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole has puffed slightly, is golden brown, and has set in the center, about 40 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2010

Absolutely fantastic! I was pleasant surprised by this casserole. The only thing I changed was to add 1 garlic clove, crushed and grated and also grated a carrot and added some parsley. Very good flavor and fairly easy recipe to follow. Will definitely be making this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 20, 2010

I must have done something totally wrong-but I followed the directions to a T. This was not only a pretty taxing dish to make (not to mention the amount of cleanup needed afterwards!) but the results were not worth all the effort put into the prep. I was hoping for a new twist on a boring tuna casserole but I found myself longing for the same old familiar food I was trying to replace. Back to the drawing board...

Mar 26, 2010

I really enjoyed this twist on a tuna casserole recipe. Being gluten sensitive, I mixed cornstarch with some of the milk and stirred it into the melting butter instead of making a flour paste. This worked quite well. I also added garlic and basil to add flavor.

Apr 06, 2010

This was pretty good. It came out a little dry, so next time I'll make sure the gravy is thinned out a bit. I used less rice (1/2 cup before cooking) and two 7oz cans of tuna. I sprinkled a little garlic powder and garlic salt in the gravy, and topped the casserole with parsley. This is very similar to tuna casserole. I might add peas and a little cheese to the mix next time.

Mar 22, 2010

This was sweet for my college budget. Didn't have any onion, but the recipe was still flavorful especially with a little bit of Parmesan cheese and Frank's Red Hot on top! (put that s**t on everything)

Apr 07, 2010

Surprisingly delicious! I have made this twice now! My husband loves it and so do I! I don't really like the taste of canned tuna, and didn't want to make a traditional casserole. This fit the bill! This recipe is now a standard!

Apr 19, 2010

No your eyes deceiving you!! It does look like there are green beans in the dish. had to do a double take. I think the bowl is a dark green glasss and that is what viewers are seeing. Doesn't make it look as good as it is. The recipe is delicious and simple. I would add some things like cheese or other items that viewers mentioned.

Jan 24, 2011

Delicious! Simple (And cheap!) to make, my family of 4 loved it, although next time I will double ingredients. Added mixed veggies.


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  • Calories
  • 305 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.1 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 20.6 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 537 mg
  • 21%

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

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