Spicy Tuna Pâté

tuna pate

This is what got me through the first 2 weeks of my low-carb journey.  It’s very tasty and filling as well.  If you like things spicy, add even more spice than I indicate below.  A little Chipotle Tobasco is also good in this spread.  This is very good on my Almond-Arrowroot Crackers or dipped up with celery or carrot sticks.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.


1   6.5 oz foil pouch oil-pack tuna (if using canned, the 5 oz. can will do fine)

1 stick butter, unsalted, softened (4 oz.)

½ c. chopped parsley

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (more if you’re adventurous) or ¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:   Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until well mixed.  Garnish with a sprinkle more of the spice blend.  Serve with celery sticks or your favorite low-carb crackers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings.  ¼ batch contains:

286 calories, 26.3g fat, 1g carbs, 0.25g fiber, 0.75g NET CARBS, 12g protein, 149 mg sodium



14 thoughts on “Spicy Tuna Pâté

  1. Love, Love, Love this Tuna Pate! I will be eating this often! I had it with celery and avocado. What a nice change from tuna salad!!!

  2. You are a genius! I just made this and added just a pinch of pink salt and this will be a staple in my house!

    1. Well I’m just delighted you liked it Oglatha! It is surprisingly good to be so simple in composition and preparation, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. I do something similar in the food processor but rather than butte,r I add cream cheese and a dash of liquid smoke. It is like the smoked fish dip you get all over the gulf coast. Delicious.

    1. YUM. Definitely going to try both variations. I’ve been low carbing for almost a month now and started to run out of ideas. This would be a change from my usual tuna salad!

    1. Yes, and I’m hopelessly addicted to this stuff. Think of it like a cream cheese-type spread, not like tuna salad. Trust me, it’s delish! My husband wolfs it down as fast as I do, and he backs off a lot of low-carb foods.

  4. 6.5-ounce cans don’t exist anymore. Imported tuna in olive oil usually comes in a 3.5-ounce can. Most commercial tuna is now in 5-ounce cans. Can you adjust?

    1. Just make it with a 5 oz. can then. That’s not an appreciable difference IMO. I buy the foil pouches of tuna now. Haven’t bought the cans in ages and forgot they sized them down a few years back. Telling my age, because they were 6.5 oz. when I was growing up and most of my adult life.

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