Canned Tuna Dan Dan Noodles Recipe

Tuna Dan Dan Noodles

The Spruce / Todd Coleman

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 12 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1076 Calories
68g Fat
59g Carbs
65g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 1076
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 2530mg 110%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 65g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 195mg 15%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1258mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This riff on the Chinese-inspired dan dan noodle—typically made with ground beef—substitutes canned tuna for a quick and satisfying meal. Incorporating soy sauce, peanut butter, the spice of chili paste, and pasta, it's a great way to combine ingredients you may already have on hand, but in a new way.

If you can't find chili paste, Sriracha is also a good substitute .


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For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • Salt, to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 pound leftover cooked spaghetti, reheated in the microwave with a little water

For the Spicy Tuna:

  • 1 (5-ounce) can oil-packed tuna, not drained

  • 1 tablespoon hot paprika

  • 2 tablespoons chile paste (such as Sambal Oelek)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Whisk together, in a large bowl, the peanut butter, water, sesame seeds, soy, sesame oil, and vinegar until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Add the re-heated cooked spaghetti and stir to amply coat the noodles. Set aside.

  4. Place tuna in a small bowl, and break into small pieces using a fork. Add the paprika, chile paste, oil, soy and sesame oil and stir vigorously to make a chunky sauce. 

  5. To serve, divide the spaghetti into a bowl and spoon over the spicy tuna. Garnish with scallion and sesame seeds.