Creamed Tuna on Toast -- WHAT??

Debbie Quimby Recipe

By Debbie Quimby quimster


I will admit, there is absolutely nothing about this recipe that made sense to me growing up, other than I really liked it. Mama made it often as a way to stretch a dollar.

But, Mama also told us that you shouldn't drink milk with fish. So when I found out she used milk to make this for us, I had some moments of uncertainty ... was my saint of a mother trying to get rid of me?? LOL!

Bottom line, it always reminds me of home and four hungry kids whose mom always served up dishes made with lots of love!


1 stick
butter or margarine
2 Tbsp
1 1/2 c
1 can(s)
tuna, drained
bread, toasted

Directions Step-By-Step

Melt margarine or butter in a skillet over medium to low heat (don't burn the butter). Add flour and brown to make a light roux.
Stir in the milk to make a gravy, stirring to keep from sticking until it reaches desired thickness.
Add the tuna, stir, and heat well.
Toast bread until lightly browned (no butter, just plain toast) and serve tuna over the toast.

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Paula McComas PollyPurebred
Mar 16, 2013
This reminds me of 'SOS' (made with chipped beef). It was a staple in the army and Dad made sure Mom made it from time to time.
Debbie Quimby quimster
Jan 20, 2013
Donna, it was one of those old wives tales that we grew up with, handed down from mom to kids. I stopped it with my kids, gave them milk with their fish. Didn't hurt them a bit, ha!
Donna Carstensen Wollan DonnaWollan
Jan 20, 2013
So why can't you drink milk, when you have fish? is it a kosher/dietary law or something?
Leslie Krusinski diddy
Jan 20, 2013
Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing this! I remember my mother making this for us on Friday nights when I was a young girl growing up in the fifties in Queens, New York! I always loved it and gobbled it down right away. The only problem was that she served it with canned peas, the only kind we ever had back then. I hated those peas with a passion and would push them all around my plate for as long as I could. Of course, in those days I was not permitted to leave the table until I was "excused" and that wasn't until everything on my plate was finished and my mom thought I was grateful enough that I had peas on my plate considering all the starving children in China! Fortunately, when I was older she discovered fresh peas, which I adore. To this day, when I think of Creamed Tuna on Toast, I can still hear her say, "Eat your peas. Eat your peas!" Now I can't wait to make it again!
Susan Coakley stick55
Jan 20, 2013
I make this too, I always add a can of drained peas,just like my Mom did