Tuna and kimchi sweet potato jackets recipe

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Swap the usual baked potato for these delicious tuna and kimchi sweet potato jackets - a tasty alternative

Tuna and kimchi sweet potato jackets
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories396 Kcal20%
Saturated Fat1 g5%
Fat3 g4%
Carbohydrates63 g24%

Our tuna and kimchi sweet potato jackets are easy to cook in three steps and only use seven ingredients. 

A fun and flavoursome healthy family meal that is colourful and nutritious. Choosing tuna in spring water, rather than in oil,  means that it’s lower in calories, and the heart-friendly omega 3 doesn’t seep out of the tuna and into the other oil. Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which is also good for heart health.


  • 4 large sweet potatoes, 1kg (21⁄4lb) total
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g tin tuna steak in spring water, drained
  • Bunch spring onions, sliced
  • 100g (31⁄2oz) raw kimchi, roughly chopped
  • 1tbsp low-salt soy sauce
  • 30g (1oz) reduced-fat extra-mature Cheddar, grated




  1. Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan, Gas 6). Prick the potatoes and roast on a baking tray for 45 minutes until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the beans, tuna, most of the spring onions, the kimchi and soy sauce.
  3. Keeping the potatoes on the baking tray, slice down the middle and open out. Top with the kimchi mix and the cheese, then return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the filling has warmed through and the cheese has melted. Scatter over the reserved spring onions.

Top tips for making our tuna and kimchi sweet potato jackets

If you like spicy food, try adding a little gochujang to this – it’s a sweet red chilli paste that’s a perfect pairing with kimchi.

Can we eat sweet potato and fish together?

You can certainly eat sweet potatoes and fish together if you like the combination of flavours. Sweet potato served as mash, fries of a jacket potato is a great side to a fillet of steamed, fried, or roasted fish but the tuna mixture is also an excellent match. 

What do you eat with a sweet potato jacket?

If you don’t like tuna as a jacket potato topping, you could go for the classic combination of cheese and beans. Cheese and coleslaw is another popular choice or some people like to serve leftover chilli con carne on top of their jackets! 

How many calories is a jacket potato with tuna?

A regular jacket potato with a tuna mayo topping is around 827 calories, depending on the exact quantities and recipe used. This recipe, which uses sweet potatoes and tuna mixed with kimchi and cheese, comes in at 396 calories. 

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Jessica Ransom

"Kimchi might be a little sophisticated for some younger palettes but this is a great dinner when you want to eat with the kids without preparing lots of different meals. Heat some baked beans on the hob and serve with cheese for them and you can have the tuna mix on yours."

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If you need some speedier meal inspiration, check out these 15 minute meals. We also have a great selection of cheap family meals and loads of jacket potato fillings ideas too. 

Rose Fooks
Deputy Food Editor

Rose Fooks is Deputy Food Editor at Future Publishing, creating recipes, reviewing products and writing food features for a range of lifestyle and home titles including GoodTo and Woman&Home. Before joining the team, Rose obtained a Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. Going on to work in professional kitchens at The Delaunay and Zedel.

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