Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6


Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish is a tasty variation on the traditional casserole. Delicious, easy to prepare and it's ready in less than 1 hour.


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) whole tomatoes, cut in half, drained
  • 2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna packed in water, drained


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

MELT butter in medium saucepan. Add onion; cook for 5 minutes. Blend in flour, salt and ground black pepper. Stir in evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil. Stir in cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted.

COMBINE rice, parsley, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, and tomatoes in 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with tuna. Spread cheese sauce over tuna.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.


by E. Emmy , Arizona on Jul. 2011

This was so good. I didn't have evaporated milk so I just reduced regular milk starting with about twice the quantity needed and evaporating it down until I got the necessary amount. The cheese and tomatoes cut down the really fishy taste of the tuna; it was wonderful. I'm about to buy the ingredients to make it again!

Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

by P. Patricia , Palmyra, TN on Apr. 2010

This is really good! I used 2 cups of brown rice which I cooked first. I was out of oregano, but the paprika worked fine added to the cheese mixture - we don't care for a lot of spice so I left out the rest. I used tomato wedges, diced tomatoes would be great - and Carnation fat free evaporated milk. Next time I think I will mix the tuna with the rice and mix a little of the cheese sauce into that, then top with the rest of the cheese sauce. But it is a great recipe - very easy. I'm going to use my leftover rice and make it this weekend for my sons and daughters-in-law to try.


by K. Kelly , Sultan, WA on Jul. 2009

I made this casserole last Friday night. It was ok. A bit more flavor is needed, so next time, I will try to be bit more free with the flavors. It wasn't as bland as I expected, but needed "something". Just not sure what,

It was ok...

by K. KIMBERLY , Whitehouse, TX on May. 2009

This was ok..the cheese sauce is really rich..probably from the evaporated milk. It seemed a little dry to me. Probably won't make it again...

Wonderful dish!

by N. NANCY , Yorba Linda, CA on Jan. 2009

I have tried a similar recipe before without the rice. However, this is far better. It is nutrious and favorful. I would add a 1/4 cupful of salsa to it when I feel like spicy things up a little. A wonderful dish indeed.

Quite Tasty

by M. Ms. , Euless, TX on Jul. 2007

This was very good. Never thought I would like baked tuna. I was wrong. I added chopped green peppers along with the onions to my version and it was great. I've added this recipe to my recipe box and will definately bake it again!

new take

by J. Jennifer , GREENVILLE, NH on Jun. 2007

this is sort of like a new take on an old classic...

Awesome Dish

by A. Arlene , Kansas on Apr. 2007

This dish is awesome made just as the recipe reads, but I sub. Spanish Instant Rice for the plain rice and I used 1 and 1/2 cups Picante Sauce instead of the tomatoes. It was fantastic! Tuna with a kick!


by D. Denielle , on Mar. 2007

My whole family loves this recipe, it has become one of our favorites. The cheese topping is the best!!

cheesy tuna and rice

by T. Tamra , Evansville, IN on Feb. 2007

we used salmon instead of tuna! my 11yr old just loved it!