Tuna Relyenong Talong

When you start preparing Filipino dishes, you will quickly notice how inventive most of the recipes are. Who would have thought to combine tamarind with diverse vegetables such as tomatoes to make Singing, an irresistibly sour stew? The concept of how some of the most well-known Filipino foods came to be…

When you start preparing Filipino dishes, you will quickly notice how inventive most of the recipes are. Who would have thought to combine tamarind with diverse vegetables such as tomatoes to make Singing, an irresistibly sour stew? The idea of how some of the most famous Filipino foods came to be motivates me to create something unique and delicious. As a result, this Relyenong Talong with Tuna was created, using some extremely rich and delectable ingredients to create something fresh and unique!

But, if you’ve never had a Relyenong dish before, allow me to introduce you to a very popular technique of cooking in the Philippines.

Discovering Relying Dishes

This is done by stuffing shellfish with a semi-sweet, semi-savory beef filling. The Relyenong Brangus, which uses delicious milkfish, is the most popular variant. However, as Pinoy cuisine changes, we find variations in which we do not gorge ourselves with seafood. This Relyenong Talong, for example, deviates from the typical Relyenong route because the major ingredient in the filling is tuna!

Let me show you some alternative ways to get your relying!

But let’s get back to our main course: the delicious Relyenong Talong with Tuna! This can be a little difficult to create because it requires more than just cooking your ingredients together. However, assembling this and getting creative with plating can be a lot of fun. Why not try it out?

How to Make Tuna Relyenong Talong

Making the Eggplant

The first step is to cut each of your three giant eggplants crosswise into half an inch thick slices. Then, to produce eggplant rings, cut around the inside of each slice. Then, chop up the section that was taken out and set it aside for now.

Tuna with Eggplant Cooking

Put 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan and heat it up. Then add 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves and sauté them together. Continue to simmer until the onion is tender. Then, within, add 12 ounces of canned tuna and your diced eggplant. We’ll cook everything for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, within, add 2 teaspoons of Knorr Liquid Seasoning. After that, simply transfer everything to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.

Putting the finishing touches on the stuffing

Simply beat your two eggs and add them to the mixture in the bowl. Place half of the 12 cup minced carrot in the bowl, along with 1 chopped bell pepper and 12 cup chopped spring onions. Everything should be completely combined.

The Eggplant Is Fried

Pour the remaining oil from the 12 cup you prepared for this recipe into a pan. Then warm it up. We will now cook each eggplant ring for 1 minute on the first side. Then turn them over and fry the other side.

Preparing the Relyenong Talong with Stuffing

Tuna Relyenong Talong

Fill each ring with some of your minced carrot, bell pepper, and green onions. Then take the tuna mixture from before and spoon part of it into the rings as well. Spread them out evenly in the ring to ensure uniform distribution. Then, reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Finish with minced carrot, bell pepper, and green onions. Flip this over, and then cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Then remove the Relyenong talong from the pan and arrange it on a serving platter! I would absolutely pair this with some delicious banana ketchup.

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Tuna Relyenong Talong

Eggplant stuffed with tuna
Prep: 15minutes 
Cook: 20minutes 


  • 3 eggplants large
  • 2 teaspoons Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 ounces tuna in can
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup carrot minced
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup green onion chopped


  • Slice the eggplants crosswise, half an inch thick. Create eggplant rings by cutting around the inside part of each sliced eggplant. Chop the part that has been cut-out and set it aside.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan. Sauté onion and garlic. Add tuna and chopped eggplant once the onion softens. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Season with Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let it cool down.
  • Beat the eggs and add it to the cooked mixture in the bowl. Also add half of the carrot, green onions, and bell peppers. Mix well.
  • Heat the remaining oil. Fry one side of the eggplant rings for 1 minute.
  • Turn the eggplant over to cook the opposite side. Sprinkle some minced carrot, bell pepper, and green onions in each ring. Top it with a scoop of tuna mixture. Gently spread the mixture within the ring. Set your stove to medium heat and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  • Top the mixture with minced carrot, bell pepper, and green onions. Turn it over and cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the relyenong talong from the pan and arrange it on a serving plate. Serve with banana ketchup. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 475kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 24g (48%) Fat: 32g (49%) Saturated Fat: 3g (15%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g Monounsaturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 112mg (37%) Sodium: 408mg (17%) Potassium: 1168mg (33%) Fiber: 12g (48%) Sugar: 16g (18%) Vitamin A: 3976IU (80%) Vitamin C: 51mg (62%) Calcium: 85mg (9%) Iron: 3mg (17%)


What is Tuna Relyenong Talong?

Tuna Relyenong Talong is a Filipino dish made from eggplants (talong) that are stuffed with a mixture of tuna, vegetables, and seasonings. The eggplants are typically grilled or roasted before being filled with the tuna mixture and then fried or baked until golden and delicious.

What are the ingredients used in making Tuna Relyenong Talong?

The main ingredients for Tuna Relyenong Talong include eggplants (talong) that are usually slender and long, canned tuna (in water or oil), onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, raisins, bread crumbs or crackers, eggs, and various spices like salt, pepper, and sometimes soy sauce or fish sauce for added flavor.

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, you can use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna if you prefer. Just cook the fresh tuna until it’s fully cooked and flake it before mixing it with the rest of the stuffing ingredients.

How do I prepare the eggplants for Tuna Relyenong Talong?

To prepare the eggplants, wash and dry them, then grill or roast them until they become soft and tender. Once cooked, slit the eggplants lengthwise to create an opening for the tuna stuffing.

How is Tuna Relyenong Talong served?

Tuna Relyenong Talong is commonly served as a main dish and is best enjoyed with steamed rice. It can be accompanied by a dipping sauce like spicy vinegar or a simple soy sauce and calamansi (Philippine lime) mixture.

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