Curried Salmon or Tuna Rice Pie

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A delicious and incredibly easy to make curried rice pie that can be prepared with either salmon or tuna – it’s an absolute favourite in my household!

This curried rice pie is absolutely delicious (in my humble opinion!) and has been my favourite number one dish for years. It can be made with either salmon or tuna, and my family usually cook it for me for my birthday – sometimes the kids even request it for their birthday dinner too!

curried salmon tuna pie recipe

The base is made up of cooked rice that’s been pressed into the bottom and sides of the dish. As silly as it sounds, I can’t master cooking rice on the stovetop, which is why I love my Smart Rice Cooker because it cooks rice perfectly every time – you can even preset the timer so it’s ready right when you need it.

The rice base is then covered with a tin of salmon (make sure you remove the bones!) or tuna – I switch it up and use whichever one I happen to have on hand in the pantry.

To save time you can prepare the curry sauce whilst the rice is cooking. If you’re making this recipe for young children you may want to reduce the curry powder. When my kids were younger I used 1/2 to 3/4 of a tablespoon of curry powder, then gradually increased this as they got older.

Then it’s just a matter of topping the salmon or tuna with the curry sauce, sprinkling it with cheese, and popping it in the oven.

CURRIED SALMON OR TUNA RICE PIE -It truly is a winter comfort food, but we have it all year long. It can also be made with either Tuna or Salmon, it really depends what you have in your pantry at the time. It is a rice crusted pie, with a layer of salmon over the base with a creamy curry sauce and sprinkle of cheese over the top.

This recipe makes a fabulous winter comfort meal, but my family have it all year long.

CURRIED SALMON OR TUNA RICE PIE -It truly is a winter comfort food, but we have it all year long. It can also be made with either Tuna or Salmon, it really depends what you have in your pantry at the time. It is a rice crusted pie, with a layer of salmon over the base with a creamy curry sauce and sprinkle of cheese over the top.


Curried Salmon or Tuna Rice Pie

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 5
  • Category: Dinner


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 45g butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 12 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 30g butter (extra)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (extra)
  • 415g can tuna in spring water, drained and flaked
  • 3/4 cup tasty cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to season


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, fan forced.
  2. Cook rice as per packet instructions.
  3. To make curry sauce, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until foaming.
  4. Add flour and curry powder. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and begins to come away from the side of the pan. Remove from heat.
  5. Gradually pour in milk. Whisk continuously until mixture is smooth.
  6. Add mayonnaise and whisk to combine. Return to heat. Stir until sauce boils and thickens.
  7. Add lemon juice and parsley. Stir through then simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Remove saucepan from heat, add egg and stir through. Set aside to cool slightly.
  9. Meanwhile, add extra butter, egg, salt and pepper to cooked rice. Mix to combine.
  10. Spoon rice into a 12-cup (3L) oven-proof dish. Press rice over bottom and side of the dish.
  11. Spread tuna over rice base.
  12. Pour curry sauce over tuna.
  13. Sprinkle with cheese.
  14. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden. Serve.
  15. TIP: Tinned salmon can be used as an alternative to tuna.


As an alternative you could use salmon.

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“First meal out of the new book, delicious! Curried Salmon Rice Pie. Thanks, Kat for another amazing book.” – Nicole Z

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Note: this post has been updated with new photos, it was originally posted on 13th May 2013.

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Karen Overdevest May 13, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Would you be able to freeze this?

Katrina May 13, 2013 - 10:49 AM

No I wouldn’t think so Karen as the sauce is made from a base of mayo and milk I would be worried of it separating when defrosting.

Samantha May 13, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Hi Katrina
We’re not big fish eaters. Have you ever substituted the tuna with chicken?
p.s. I have pinned this. I hope you don’t mind

Amanda May 16, 2013 - 9:08 AM

Made this for last nights dinner….used a shredded BBQ Chicken (we are not fish eaters either) and also added some corn – it was delicious and a huge hit with hubby and the kids as well. Thanks for sharing Katrina.
Def a keeper 🙂

Katrina May 16, 2013 - 11:44 AM

that is a great alternative, chicken and corn always go nicely together.

susie November 10, 2014 - 10:11 AM

you could do chicken and spinach too. yum!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 10, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Yes that sounds lovely Susie!

Prahala Rajendran May 27, 2014 - 4:42 AM

I made this last night and it was delicious!! Everyone loved it including my 20 month old toddler.. Thanks Katrina..

Linda Needs June 3, 2014 - 2:10 AM

This sounds awesome, however my daughter is allergic to egg. Can you suggest what I could do/use to replace the egg in the base and mayo in the sauce? Thanks

Renee June 6, 2014 - 5:29 PM

I wasn’t too keen on this recipe, it was too rich.
I think I will leave out the mayonnaise and lemon juice next time and just use a curry/ white sauce.

Tracey March 13, 2015 - 6:49 PM

I love Tuna, as well as my kids but I thought I would make this with leftover cooked rice, shredded chicken and corn but less curry powder and it was YUMMY! Another great recipe Katrina, thank you again 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Ooh that sounds delicious, Tracey.:)

Rachel Keyte July 6, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Oh I have this super-old recipe and cookbook too -:this was one of my favourite meals as a kid; I used to ask for it for my birthday dinner lol. I still make it now, and it always goes down well!

Kim July 7, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Delicious…… my 6 year old son loved making it!!! Replaced milk with coconut milk, korma paste and gluten free mayo….. nice n light yummmooooo ????

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 7, 2015 - 2:06 PM

great idea using the coconut milk, I might have to try this too!!

Sue September 3, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Can Ucan

Can I use jasmine rice for this recipe. I don’t have any long grain

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 4, 2016 - 7:57 AM

absolutely Sue, use whichever rice you have on hand.

Kay February 15, 2017 - 10:02 AM

Sounds so good, can’t wait to try it. Something the kids can help with too. Thanks again for another amazing post.

Melanie February 15, 2017 - 8:09 PM

I have been making this for years! So pleased to see it featured on your blog! This is beautiful for lunch the next day too (assuming there’s any left!)

Alice February 16, 2017 - 6:21 AM

Oh wow this looks great love one pot/dish meals and always nice to add fish into our diet thanks Katrina will give this a go

Melissa February 16, 2017 - 6:51 AM

I have the original cookbook that this recipe came from. Found it in my mums cookbook collection about 15 years ago. I make this dish all the time. It definitely is a family favourite! When the kids were little I only put a sprinkle of curry powder in, now I go crazy! It’s so yummy ?

Tracey May 7, 2017 - 6:41 PM

I have made this a few times before years ago but lost the recipe. I had leftover rice from the night before and needed to use it, so instead of fried rice, I thought of this recipe so googled it and YAY I am glad I found it again. Thank you, my kids love this recipe, even my partner does which he hates rice, but this is the only way he will 🙂

Debbie May 20, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Kat, a huge thank you, in a move 15 years ago i lost this recipe book………ive been trolling the internet for ages trying to find the recipe and now at last i have it again……………THANK YOU

Melissa January 28, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Excellent, love this dish and will make again. I should have used only a tsp or two of the curry powder though as my 4 year old said it was too “spicy”. I used Keens, not sure if other brands are milder.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Glad you like this dish also. You are right, it depends on each family on the curry powder quantity

Geoffrey July 1, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Wow, that’s what I was exploring for, what a information! present here at this web site, thanks admin of this web page.

Naomi October 19, 2021 - 4:16 PM

I’ve cooked this dish before and it was delist. I wanted to cook it again tonight but the recipe seems to have disappeared and I can’t find other on other pages too. Have I missed something? Please help, I’ll have to go find it somewhere else now. Thanks, Naomi


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