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Tuna Canned in Oil vs. Water

Would You Rather Eat Tuna Canned in Oil or Water?

Despite growing up on sandwiches made from tuna canned in water, these days, my preferences tend toward tuna canned in oil. Why? Because water-packed tuna is so dry and devoid of fat that I find myself reaching for grease-laden mayonnaise anyway — so I prefer tuna that's already tasty in its own right. In my opinion, the best canned fish comes from European companies such as Tonnino and Matiz. Which would you rather eat?

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myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
I've never had it in oil; and we give the water to my dog in her food, so I prefer that. Less waste!
DaveEats DaveEats 6 years
Neither! Sustainable tuna like that from Wild Planet is packed in its own juices, much more flavor!
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
@Susannah Chen I think it is because they pack it with olive oil instead of cottonseed oil in the US and they pack it with best cuts of the meat instead of the usual chunk light and they can it ASAP. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I like the Italian olive oil packed tuna. To me it is much more flavorful. It is pricey as heck so it is a sometime treat for me every three months.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
Neither! I'm veg, but if you asked me years ago, I would have said in water, with a good mustard (not mayo), and apple pieces.
lauren lauren 6 years
I just starting buying in oil too, I feel the same the flavor just seems to be better! BTW Tonnino's site is so artsy, I love it!!!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I love good Spanish tuna packed in olive oil. It's amazing!
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I prefer to eat tuna in oil, but usually eat it in water.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
I can't be certain why, but the European canned fish just seems to have a fuller flavor. Perhaps it's canned with a different process? I'm curious to know why, too.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
If it's high-end canned fish then I'd go with oil. Standard grocery canned tuna in water is fine otherwise.
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