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How Many Ounces Are in a Can of Tuna

How Many Ounces Are in a Can of Tuna

Canned tuna is a pantry staple for many households, but How Many Ounces Are in a Can of Tuna?

The short answer is that a standard 5 or 6 ounce can of tuna contains around 2.5 to 4 ounces of tuna that is ready to eat or use in recipes, after draining the liquid.

Here is a breakdown of common tuna can sizes and how much tuna is typically inside each:

Can SizeTotal WeightDrained Tuna
5 oz5 oz2.5 – 3 oz
6 oz6 oz2.5 – 4 oz
3 oz3 oz1.5 – 2 oz
12 oz12 oz6 – 8 oz
48 oz48 oz24 – 32 oz
  • Albacore or solid white tuna tends to have more actual tuna compared to chunk light tuna
  • Some brands may have slightly less tuna than stated, due to water or broth being included in the net weight
  • Canned tuna is typically packed in water or oil. Draining the liquid removes around 2 oz per 5 oz can

So in summary, while a 5 or 6 oz can is the standard size, tuna can range from 3 oz up to 100 oz depending on the brand and type of can. Check the label closely to see the exact net weight of tuna.

Draining the liquid before use removes about 2 oz per 5 oz can, leaving 2.5 – 4 oz of ready to eat tuna per average can.

Canned tuna can be a healthy, versatile addition to sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and more. Knowing approximately how many ounces of tuna is in each can allows you to plan recipes accordingly.

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