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Forget freeze-dried meals! This quick and easy Backpacking Tuna Couscous Bowl is a delicious, flavorful meal for your next backpacking adventure!
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Tuna Couscous Bowl (Backpacking Meal)

Forget freeze-dried backpacking meals!  This quick and easy tuna couscous bowl is a delicious, flavorful meal for your next backpacking adventure!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 326kcal


  • cup uncooked couscous* (See Recipe Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ounce tuna packet
  • 1-2 mayonnaise packets (individual size)
  • 1-2 relish packets (individual size)


  • While packing for your trip, add the couscous and salt to a ziplock bag.  Write the cooking instructions on the bag in permanent marker.
  • Before cooking, find a level area on the ground to cook on.  Avoid using your stove on a raised surface (like on a picnic table), because you risk burning yourself if the pot falls off the stove.
  • Pour ½ cup water into your pot, and bring to a boil.  Add couscous, remove pot from heat, and cover for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, remove the lid and fluff couscous with a fork.  Pour onto your plate.
  • Add tuna and desired amount of mayonnaise and relish to your plate, and use your fork or spoon to combine your ingredients.  Serve immediately.


Note: If multiplying this recipe, follow the couscous package directions for the couscous to water ratio.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg