My Healthy Canned Tuna Recipe With Chickpeas and an Asian Twist is an easy and very flavorful meal to prepare for breakfast.
I always keep my eyes and ears open about how I can include fish in our breakfast. Why? Because fried fish was one of our regular breakfast staples in the Philippines or at least it was in my family. My mother would always prefer fish over any type of meat so I got accustomed to having a fish for breakfast almost everyday.
Now that I am living in Michigan where fresh caught fish is not common, I am always looking for new ways to cook canned fish. Since I miss the breakfast meals I grew up with, finding new ways to add canned fish to our breakfast brings me a bit closer to my childhood memories. This is the reason why I have breakfast recipes using canned sardines and canned mackerel. Now canned tuna is the new addition to my quest for seafood breakfast recipes.
This Healthy Canned Tuna Recipe With Chickpeas and Asian Twist was inspired by a Korean TV series (REPLY 1988). There were a few scenes in that TV series where they were mixing different types of sauces it their meal preparation. In the show it really seemed like they enjoyed the food.
So one day, I was planning to cook canned tuna by just sauteing it with garlic and onion. As I was preparing the dish, I did not really like the taste. Then, I suddenly remembered the scene in the Korean TV show. That’s when I opened my refrigerator to find several different sauces that I could mix together. I found these 3 magic sauces namely, Gochu Jang sauce, Hoisin sauce and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re not into Asian food, Gochu Jang sauce and Hoisin sauce probably sound like they’re from a different planet! However, they are both actually available not only in Asian stores but in local groceries like Kroger and Walmart. These two sauces are a good addition to your pantry must haves because you can find many easy and delicious recipes that uses these sauces. So do not hesitate to buy and to try them! It is definitely worth it and you will not regret it!
Back to my recipe:
I am not really afraid to try anything and to experiment in the kitchen because my husband is easy to please when it comes to food and on my end, I always like to try new food. So I stirred the sauces into the tuna along with lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper and cooked it for a few minutes. When I tasted it, I was actually surprised with the result because it was so delicious. I was surprised because I was expecting the opposite but now I am so glad that I found the recipe by chance.
My Healthy Canned Tuna Recipe With Chickpeas with an Asian Twist is actually a good pair with fried eggs along with my breakfast soup loaded with vegetables. This is a perfect combination for a breakfast that is healthy, rich in protein and high in fiber! What else can you ask for in a good and filling breakfast!
Healthy Canned Tuna Recipe With Chickpeas and Asian Twist
- 2 12 oz. can tuna in water
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas
- 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
- 3 gloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Gochu Jang Hot and Sweet Chili Sauce Korean paste
- 1 tbsp. Hoisen Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic, onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add chickpeas, season with a pinch of of salt and pepper. Stir fry for another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in the canned tuna along with Gochu Jang Hot and Sweet Chili Sauce, Hoisen sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from heat and transfer to a serving plate. Best served with steamed rice and with fried egg.