Friday, September 30, 2011

Quick & Easy Tuna Pate

This post is about my favorite savory spread of all time: pašteta od tune, a.k.a tuna pate.

Okay, another story about my trip to Croatia...
(By the way, I never get tired of talking about this trip, so just bear with me. Thanks. Carry on.)

This is probably what I ate the most during my stay in Croatia. Back home I never really noticed pate, but it was in almost everyone's fridge over there. According to Wikipedia, "In the former Yugoslavia, pašteta (a thinly pureed pâté) is a very popular bread spread usually made from chicken or less commonly tuna or salmon." There were pork pate, beef pate, chicken liver pate, turkey pate, etc. I tried them all. I was hooked. When I returned home, I came back with my carrier full of canned pašteta.

So that's how it all began.
Anyhow, I love pate of all kinds, but tuna pate is my favorite type of pate. It is super easy to make at home and also a good way to use up canned tuna when I have too many of them in my cupboard.

I made my tuna pate based on this recipe by Đuro Rapaić on (It's in Croatian, but there's a video on this which is quite helpful even if you don't understand what he's saying.)

This is a really quick and simple recipe that literally takes only 5 minutes.

Ingredients :

2 cans tuna, drained and flaked
1 Philadelphia Mini Cream Cheese Spread or 1 The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedge
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons pickle relish
Lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
Some olive oil
A pinch of salt and pepper


1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend them well.
If you want a creamier paste, add more oil or mayonnaise and blend for a longer time.

That's it! See, it only takes a few minutes to prepare and make.
The key point of this recipe is blending the mixture very well until it becomes a nice, creamy consistency. The paste is not spreadable unless it's creamy. (Been there, done that.)
I usually chill them in the fridge before serving.

Mmm...yummy. Serve with bread or crackers. Om nom nom.


  1. This looks delicious, and even better, looks quite easy to prepare and something I can do. Gotta check the pantry for some cans of tuna...

  2. Thanks, Dude! It's really easy, and you don't have to use all of the ingredients listed above, as long as you have tuna, mayo, some oil and a little bit of salt! (and a blender.)

  3. it looks so good~
    please post more seafood recipes~
    maybe with mussels and scallops ;)
    그리구 나도 좀 맨들어주삼!

  4. I've been thinking about this spread since our holiday to Croatia back in 2008! Thanks for posting the recipe - I'll be making it tonight!

  5. Made this tonight. Very tasty.

  6. I love tuna pate in Croatia and stoke up on the tubes when I visit. I've been
    looking for an authentic recipe... thanks!

  7. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe!!!
    We ate this amazing tuna spread for the first time, years ago, in Omis, Croatia, and we fell in love with it :)

    Many kisses from Romania!