Tuna and Sweetcorn Cheat’s Jackets

This is a great standby option when you’re hungry but struggling for inspiration

Food snobs may disagree but who doesn’t love a jacket potato? Justine Pattison’s Tuna and Sweetcorn Cheat’s Jackets uses new potatoes instead of proper jackets, but it still tastes great and is ready in half the time. Such a simple and cheap meal to make and only 206 calories per serving.

If you’ve got any new potatoes lurking in your fridge that need using up, try halloumi and smoky bacon hash, Spanish-style chicken bake or creamy chicken and tarragon pots with rosemary potato wedges.

Recipe: Tuna and Sweetcorn Cheat’s Jackets

Calories: 206 per serving

Serves: 4

Book: Justine Pattison: Without the Calories – Quick and Easy

Prep time: Approx 5 mins

Cooking time: Approx 30 mins


  • 500g small new potatoes
  • Oil, for spraying
  • 120g can tuna steak in water or brine (drained)
  • 3 tbsp light-mayonnaise
  • 198g can sweetcorn (drained)
  • 4 spring onions (thinly sliced)
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Cost per portion: Approx £0.85


Fill a large pan one third full of water and bring it to the boil. Add the potatoes to the water and return to the boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until just tender.

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C / Fan 200 degrees C / Gas 7. Drain the potatoes well in a colander. Spray a baking tray with oil. Tip the potatoes onto the tray and crush roughly with a spatula to break the skins and flatten them. Spray with oil and season with salt and lots of ground black pepper. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are crisp and golden.

While the potatoes are cooking, mix the tuna and mayonnaise, then lightly stir in the sweetcorn and the spring onions.

Take the potatoes out of the oven and spoon the tuna mixture on top to serve.


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