Have you ever tried adding a smoky twist to your tuna dip? If not, you're missing out! Smoked tuna dip is a flavorful and unique variation that will take your dip game to the next level. It's delicious, super easy to make, and ready in less than 10 minutes.
I'm always looking for recipes that are not only delicious but also simple to make, so when it's a gathering, party, or game day, I can just grab some basic ingredients, whip them up quickly, and have a yummy appetizer in no time. In this case, smoked tuna dip is the perfect recipe. It's a classic party dish that is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Also, the smoky flavor adds so much depth that it'll be hard to resist.
By the way, if you like simple appetizers, these Air fryer chicken wings and Brazilian cheese bread are also great options.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Tuna: I prefer Chunk Light Tuna or Chunk White Albacore because they are easier to work with, but Solid White Albacore is also an option.
- Mayonnaise: Since mayonnaise is a big part of this recipe, use a good quality one, that you like the flavor.
- Cilantro: Brings freshness to the dip. Some people love it, and some people don't. If you don't like it, use parsley.
- Lime juice: Brightens and enhances the flavor. If you don't have lime, you can use lemon.
- Liquid smoke: This is the magic ingredient and can be found in Hickory, Mesquite, and Applewood flavors. I like using the Hickory one, but feel free to use the flavor you like the most.
- Salt and pepper: To taste.
*See the recipe card for quantities.
Which type of canned tuna should I buy?
When choosing canned tuna for your tuna dip, there are a few factors to consider:
- Types of tuna: The common types we find in stores are "white" or "light." "White" tuna is albacore; it has a mild taste and light color. It can be found as solid, which means larger and firmer pieces, or chunk, which comes in smaller pieces that vary in size. "Light" tuna can be skipjack or yellowfin; it has a stronger fish taste, darker color, and softer, flakier texture.
- Water or oil: Some canned tuna is packed in water, while others are packed in oil. If you prefer a lighter flavor, choose tuna packed in water. If you prefer a stronger flavor, choose tuna packed in oil.
- Quality: Look for high-quality, sustainable canned tuna certified by organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council.
In the end, the best canned tuna for your tuna dip will depend on your personal preference. Try a few different brands and types to find the one you like best. In my opinion, chunk light tuna has a better texture and is the easiest to work with when making a dip.
How to make smoked tuna dip
Making a smoked tuna dip without having to smoke your tuna is very easy. Here's the step-by-step.
Add all ingredients but the cilantro to a bowl. Mix them with a spoon until well combined.
Add the cilantro, mix, and try it. Correct salt or liquid smoke if you'd like.
Hint: Be careful when adding the liquid smoke since it has a very strong flavor. It's better to start small and add up little by little until the desired smoky flavor is reached.
What is liquid smoke?
Liquid smoke is a type of condiment made from the smoke that is produced when burning wood chips. The smoke is captured and condensed into a liquid form, which is then bottled and sold as a flavoring ingredient. Liquid smoke is used to impart a smoky flavor to food without the need for an actual fire or smoke source.
There are several different types of liquid smoke, each of which has a distinct flavor profile. Some common types of liquid smoke include hickory, mesquite, and applewood.
- Hickory smoke is one of the most popular and has a strong, smoky flavor commonly associated with barbecue and bacon.
- Mesquite liquid smoke has a strong, earthy flavor that is well suited to beef, duck, and lamb. It might be too intense for fish.
- Applewood liquid smoke has a mild, sweet flavor that works well with poultry, pork, and fish.
The exact flavor of each type of liquid smoke will vary depending on the manufacturer, so it is best to try a few different brands to find the one that best suits your taste.
Ways to eat smoked tuna dip
You can eat this tuna dip with chips, crackers, or veggies. It's also delicious as a spread on bread, toast, or bagels.
Would you like to change it a bit?
- Add a few splashes of hot sauce for a spicier version.
- Finely chopped bell pepper, tomato, and onion will make it even more filling.
- Add some softened cream cheese if you'd like it more creamy with a hint of cheese.
The tuna and mayonnaise are the two main ingredients in this dish, so make sure you choose good quality tuna and mayo that you know you like the flavors.
I like using Hickory for this recipe because I think it pairs well with fish, but it's totally up to your preference.
Store it in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.
You don't need to smoke canned tuna to make smoked tuna dip. All you need is a little liquid smoke, which you can find at all major grocery stores. You'll be surprised by the final result.
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📖 Recipe / Receita
Smoked tuna dip
- 12 oz (340g) canned chunk light tuna (in water or oil)
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- salt to taste
- In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined. Taste it and add more salt or liquid smoke if you'd like.
- Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and serve with crackers, vegetables, or your favorite dipping accompaniments. You can also use it as a spread.
All nutritional information above is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Nutritional content may vary according to brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, substitutions, optional ingredients, etc. Simple Living Recipes is not responsible for any miscalculation or misinformation in the nutrition label.
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