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Tuna Buns

These Tuna Buns are perfect for quick lunches, snacks or picnic food. You will love the savory tuna filling nestled inside soft bread with sesame seeds as a tasty garnish. 

Course Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine Asian
Keyword tuna buns
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
rise times for the dough 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 245 kcal
Author sanna


For the Dough

  • 1/4 cup warm water 105-115 F
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup softened butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cup plus 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten, for egg wash

For the Tuna Filling

  • 1 and 1/4 cup (dry measuring cup) unflavored tuna flakes from the can, drained or 2 Century tuna cans / 2 x121 grams
  • 4 stalks green onion chopped
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaisse
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced onion
  • sesame seeds for toppings


Prepare the Tuna Filling

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside

Make the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast, warm water and about a teaspoon of sugar. Let this stand for 5 minutes, or until it is foamy. Add milk, egg, softened butter, sugar and salt. Stir everything with a wooden spoon. 

  2. Add 3 cups of flour gradually, stirring until incorporated. Add just enough of the remaining flour, until the dough gathers into a shaggy mass. You may not need all of the flour.
  3. Turn the dough over on a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough is smooth, elastic and can stretch thinly. Add flour sparingly as needed to help when the dough sticks too much to the board or your hands. Shape it into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours, or until the size is doubled.
  4. Gently deflate the dough and divide to 12 portions. Using a rolling pin or your palms, flatten a portion into 1/4 inch thickness. Spoon about a tablespoon of the tuna mixture in the center of the dough. Fold the edges over the center and pull it over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, tucking the ends underneath to close. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  5. Arrange the dough balls on a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise again for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the surface of the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm. Store leftovers in a tightly closed container at room temperature for up to two days.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.