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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 29, 2024

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice | Healthy, Affordable & Easy to Make

This Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice, known as Arroz Meloso con Atún, is packed with flavors, easy to make and all done in about 40 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for an incredible meal.

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice
To make this recipe, I used Spanish bomba rice. Which is the one that’s typically used to make paella. Very similar to arborio rice. You can use other types of rice here. Though you will probably need to use less broth. As this type of rice absorbs more liquid.

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice
What gives this rice that beautiful creamy texture, is to make sure you mix the rice every 2 to 3 minutes. This will help release the starch in the rice, which in the end, will help thicken the broth for that creamy goodness.

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used the olive oil from the canned tuna to cook the vegetables. If you are using canned tuna in water, just use regular olive oil to cook the vegetables.

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice

Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice | Arroz Meloso con Atún

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 397 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 liter vegetable broth 4 1/4 cups
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 190 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Add the broth into a sauce pan, pinch in the saffron threads and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna to remove any excess olive oil, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the red bell pepper and finely chop the carrot (peeled), also finely grate the tomatoes

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the drained olive oil from the canned tuna

  4. After a couple of minutes, add in the chopped onion, garlic, red bell pepper and carrot, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato, mix together and then simmer

  5. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes, add in the rice and season everything with sea salt & balck pepper, mix continuously, after 2 minutes gently add in the simmering saffron infused vegetable broth, mix every 2 to 3 minutes to help release the starch from the rice

  6. After about 15 minutes and the rice is just cooked through (check package instructions in the rice that you are using), add in the drained tuna, mix together, then place a lid on the pan and remove the pan from the heat

  7. After 2 to 3 minutes remove the lid, transfer into serving dishes and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish CREAMY Tuna Rice | Arroz Meloso con Atún
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 470mg13%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 3790IU76%
Vitamin C 49mg59%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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