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Crispy Tuna Bread Pie Recipe | Easy Homemade Filipino Snacks

Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are famous in the Philippines, often enjoyed at fast-food chains like Jollibee and McDonald’s. They make for a perfect midday snack or appetizer and are hearty to satisfy your taste buds. This homemade adaptation of Jollibee’s Tuna Pie is budget-friendly and easy to make with just a few simple pantry staples.

This article will share a delicious recipe for Crispy Tuna Bread Pie. This recipe is an exciting way to incorporate canned tuna into a delightful finger food, perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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“Tasty Bread, a.k.a. Pinoy Tasty” and it’s Legacy

Sliced bread has long been a staple in the Philippines thanks to its convenience, versatility, and accessibility. The original “Tasty Bread” brand played a significant role in popularizing sliced bread in the country. Many other big brands, such as Sarimonde, Gardenia, and French Baker, adopted its success and called it “Pinoy Tasty.” Today, sliced bread can be found in virtually every Filipino household, making it an integral part of the country’s culinary landscape.

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The use of sliced bread in our Crispy Tuna Bread Pie recipe is a nod to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Filipino home cooks. By replacing the traditional pastry crust with sliced bread, the formula becomes more accessible, budget-friendly, and easy to prepare. In addition, the mild flavor and soft texture of sliced bread make it a perfect base for the savory tuna and cheese filling, ensuring that every bite is delicious and satisfying.

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Helpful Tips and Variations

  • Use canned tuna in water instead of canned tuna in oil to reduce the overall oil content in the recipe.
  • If you prefer a more cooked texture, you can sauté the filling ingredients before mixing them with the cream and mayonnaise.
  • Use an Air Fryer as an alternative to deep-frying, following the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking time and temperature.
  • Add shredded carrots, sweet pickle relish, or green peas to the tuna filling for extra flavor and texture.
  • You can use whole wheat bread instead of white bread for a healthier option, but remember that the texture may vary.
  • For a fun twist on this recipe, check out my other canned tuna recipes: Tuna Fish Balls and Spicy Tuna Rangoon.
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In Conclusion

Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that brings a taste of Filipino cuisine to your kitchen. You can create a mouthwatering snack that will impress your friends and family with just a few pantry staples, such as canned tuna, sliced white bread, and cheese.

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You can now create your own Crispy Tuna Bread Pies using the recipe and tips. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients and experiment with different variations to suit your tastes. Happy cooking!


Crispy Tuna Bread Pie

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Course: Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Easy


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Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are a delicious and easy-to-make Filipino appetizer, perfect for any gathering or midday snack. Made with canned tuna, sliced white bread, cheese, and veggies. They have a crispy exterior and are bursting with flavor on the inside. So enjoy a taste of the Philippines right in your kitchen!

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  • Bread (slice, trimmed end & flattened)

  • 185 grams 185 grams Canned Tuna (drained)

  • 1/2 cup 35 g Cabbage (minced)

  • 1/4 cup 32 g Carrots (minced)

  • 1 medium 1 medium Red Onion (peeled and minced)

  • 2 cloves 2 cloves Garlic (peeled and minced)

  • 1/4 cup 59.5 g All-Purpose Cream

  • 1/2 cup 112 g Mayonnaise

  • Ground Black Pepper to Taste

  • Cheese (any kind that you like)

  • 2 2 Eggs

  • 1 cup 108 g Breadcrumbs

  • Cooking Oil


  • Prepare the tuna filling: In a large bowl, mix the drained canned tuna, minced cabbage, carrots, red onion, garlic, all-purpose cream, mayonnaise, and ground black pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Prepare the bread: Trim the brown edges off the white bread slices, then flatten each slice with a rolling pin, the back of a spoon, or a glass.
  • Assemble the pies: Place a generous amount of the tuna filling on one side of each flattened bread slice, and add a slice or grated of your favorite cheese. Fold the bread in half, covering the filling, and press the edges together with a fork to seal.
  • Prepare for frying: In a shallow bowl, beat the two eggs. And in another bowl, pour the breadcrumbs. Dip each bread pie in the beaten egg, then coat it with breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure the breadcrumbs stick.
  • Fry the pies: Heat the cooking oil over medium heat in a deep frying pan or skillet. Fry the pies in batches, turning occasionally, until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
  • Serve and enjoy: Crispy Tuna Bread Pies are best enjoyed freshly cooked, as they lose their crunch over time. Serve them as appetizers or snacks with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute tuna with other types of canned fish?

Yes, canned salmon or chicken can be used as a substitute for tuna.

What dipping sauce pairs well with Crispy Tuna Bread Pies?

Sweet and sour sauce, spicy mayo, or a tangy barbecue sauce can complement the pies well.

Can I bake the pies instead of frying them?

Yes, they can be baked until golden and crispy, usually at 375°F (190°C) for about 15-20 minutes.

Can I freeze the pies for later use?

Yes, freeze the uncooked pies in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag for longer storage.

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, cooked fresh tuna can be used, but the moisture content may affect the pie filling’s consistency.

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