Tuna Pate in a bowl with toast

This tuna pate is creamy and delicious, with a slight warm kick. It can also be easily dressed up to look really impressive, so no one will ever realise that it took you mere minutes to put together. It’s great served with some toasted, thinly sliced baguette as a starter, alongside a cheeseboard, or with crudites as a light snack.

What is pate?

Pate is a traditional French spread or paste which is typically made from liver. While liver may be the most authentic pate you will find, you can often find it made with seafood or vegetables. There are a lot of different variations you can try so it’s a great dish to get creative with.

Can you freeze it?

This pate is great for freezing, make more than you think you need so you can save some for another day! To freeze place in freezerproof containers and cover well. You can also press some clingfilm over the top of the pate to add extra protection against freezer burn. You can also freeze it in food bags to make it extra easy to store. Press out all the air before placing in the freezer.

Make sure to freeze the pate within a day of making it, and when you come to eat it, defrost thoroughly in the fridge first.

Tuna Pate on a platter

Is it healthy?

This pate is fairly healthy. It’s also a great source of protein and tinned tuna contains very little fat. It does use cream cheese to help create the uber-creamy and spreadable texture. However, you can use low fat cream cheese for a lighter option.

Of course, what you serve it with also makes a difference. While it’s delicious loaded up on some toasted bread, you can opt to serve it with some sliced veg – celery, carrots and even radish works great.


For this tuna pate, you’ll need a few fairly simple ingredients – most you’ll probably have on hand anyway!

Tuna Pate Ingredients
  • Tinned tuna in brine – chunks or flakes are both fine
  • Cream cheese – full-fat cream cheese gives a richer taste but low-fat cream cheese works just fine too!
  • Lemon juice
  • Horseradish – you can also use Dijon mustard instead. Or leave this ingredient out if you aren’t a fan of either
  • Fresh dill, finely chopped – fresh dill is by far a better option for this than dried, but you can use dried dill (use around half the amount that you would fresh)
  • Capers or chopped black olives, to garnish

How to make it

Add everything but the olives or capers to a blender.

Blend everything together until you have a rough paste. Every few seconds use a knife to dislodge any pate that has stuck around the edge of the blender.

Spoon into a bowl and serve with the capers or chopped olives on top along with another sprig of dill for garnish.

If you are interested in other great pate recipes then try this smoked mackerel pate or this vegan mushroom pate.

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Tuna Pate in a bowl with toast

Tuna Pate

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


This light and creamy tuna pate is delicious and super easy to dress up so it looks really impressive! No one will ever guess it only took minutes to prepare.

The default recipe serves 2


  • 1 tin tuna (100 g / 3.5oz drained weight)
  • 3 tbsp (45g / 1.5oz) cream cheese
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • few sprigs of dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp capers or chopped black olives to garnish (optional)


  • Add all the ingredients into a blender, except the capers or olives, if you are using them. 
  • Blend until you have a rough but even texture. Every few seconds use a knife to mix any pate stuck to the edges of the blender back in. 
  • Serve with the chopped olives or capers on top. Add another sprig of dill for extra garnish. 


  1. This pate is great served with toasted, thinly sliced baguette or ciabatta bread
  2. You can swap the horseradish for dijon mustard – or leave it out if you aren’t a fan of either (although it is quite a subtle taste in the pate)
  3. Fresh dill works best for this recipe – but you can substitute for 1/2 tsp of dried
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: French


  • Serving Size: 1 (2 tbsp)
  • Calories: 95
  • Fat: 5.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Protein: 10g

Keywords: pate, tuna, fish, lunch, dip, spread, starter, appetiser, snack, french

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