Easy Tuna Casserole – how to make it baby friendly!

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You don’t need to make separate food for your baby! Here’s an example of how you can make a tuna casserole for the whole family with slight adaptations for your baby.

And hey, if your baby ends up having a good time with Tuna, you may want to try our recipe for Pesto Tuna Patties from our ebook, Whole Food Recipes for Your Baby. Lucky you, we’ve demonstrated that recipe here.

Step One:

Get the recipe for Easy Tuna Casserole here.

Step Two:

Follow these adaptations to make them baby friendly!

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Baby Friendly Tuna Casserole

Only 5 ingredients, 1 dish, and 20 minutes to bake; this easy tuna casserole will be ready in less than half an hour! Features salsa, rice, & cheese.
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Choose low sodium, no sugar added, mild salsa

For a 6 Month Old Baby

  • Stir all ingredients, except cheese, together. Place a small amount in an oven safe dish for baby.

For a 9 Month Old Baby

  • Prepare the recipe as instructed. An older baby can have cheese.


ALLERGEN INFO: this recipe contains two top priority allergens: cow’s milk and fish. For the most up-to-date information on introducing your baby to potential allergens, check out the allergy module in our e-course Start Solids Confidently.

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3 thoughts on “Easy Tuna Casserole – how to make it baby friendly!”

  1. Hello! I’m not sure how I would feed this to my 6 month old. I doubt that it would stay on a pre-loaded spoon (maybe I’m wrong!) and without pincher grasp I don’t see how he would be able to feed himself. Am I missing something?? TIA!

    1. Jessica Penner & Nita Sharda, Registered Dietitians

      This recipe is just a starting point! You can adapt it further to meet your baby where he is developmentally. For example, you could mash it up further to create the right texture or add an egg when cooking to bind it together so that he could pick it up easier! (keeping in mind that both tuna and eggs are top priority allergens)

      1. Aahh I see. Okay that makes sense. Thanks! Yes, we’re good with egg but looking to introduce tuna so thought this might be nice.

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