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Apr 22, 2005 04:35 PM

Best Canned Tuna?

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What is the best, most delectable canned tuna?

Maybe I am just not a huge tuna fan, but none have really 'knocked my socks off'.

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  1. I would go with the OIL packed imported from italy tuna. They have a real tuna taste and are not dried out like the water packed american products. Try it paired with a great italian white bean salad, not fancy, but soooo good.

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    1. re: Karen

      I've been buying Starkist in the vacuum pouches, and I think it's rather good. I've tried the garlic and herb, which wasn't too impressive, and the hickory smoked, which was very good.

      1. re: Karen

        I particularly like Trader Joe's Tongol Tuna.. it's light, it's flavorful, it's deeeelish. Enjoy!

      2. Tuna Guys has very high quality and tasty tuna. Tuna Guys adds no water or oil to its canned tuna. The liquid in the can is the natural juices from the tuna. Tuna Guys is available at and


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        1. re: Norm

          I ordered a sampler pack of Tuna Guys tuna with mixed results. The Spanish style is excellent, found the smoked to be a little dry.

          My favorite tuna is a nice Italian import packed in olive oil. Simple, moist and flavorful.

          1. re: Annie M

            I thought there were all mediocre.

            1. re: The Rogue

              Italian import tunas or Tuna Guys? If you mean Tuna Guys, I agree - I was disappointed. If you mean the imports - I disagree, to me they're a flavorful treat...

              1. re: Annie M

                I meant the tuna guys.

        2. Wild Oats sells a hosue brand in either sunflower oil or water with ginger. Great texture (filets), good taste and all for $1.99. Otherwise, go with a good Italian import.

          1. I saw Giada De Laurentiis make a pasta dish w/ the Italian imported tuna packed in oil. It looked very succulent and meaty, not at all related to the pallid, mealy, dry American canned tuna. I would def. use that kind for a European dish that called for tuna--like a pasta dish or nicoise salad.

            However, if I'm going to make my good ole American tuna sandwich w/ mayo, I opt for Trader Joe's brand packed in water. Doesn't taste as "chemicalized" as Starkist, Bumble Bee, etc.

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            1. re: Carb Lover

              I actually bought a can of tuna with a gold wrapper from an Italian Market, wondering if that is the one Giada used on her show. Unfortunately, it didn't thrill me. The meat was in very small shreds and was dark pinky/red. I think I may prefer albacore.

              1. re: Funwithfood

                a lot of Italian, (packed in Italy), is small dark flakes, the jars of tuna loin is very expensive, upwards of $8-12.00 for about a 5 0z jar, but very good for a special salad, etc.

              2. re: Carb Lover

                I have only made tuna salad once with TJs tuna packed in water with no salt added. We liked it a lot!

              3. I really like Dave's Gourmet Albacore. Lots of varieties -- my favorite is the canned albacore in olive oil or the gourmet albacore in its own juices. I also like their canned salmon -- it's the only canned salmon that I like. They have a wide variety of products some of which are sold at Whole Foods (at least in the SF Bay Area Whole Foods.) And if you're ever in Santa Cruz, they have a great outlet store just across the parking lot from Costco.

                Here's a link to their website: