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Dip served on a round blue plate, garnished with spring onions, lemon zest and capers.

Easy Tuna Dip

My Delicious and Easy Tuna Dip is creamy, full of flavour and takes just minutes to prepare! When a homemade dip is this simple and tasty, there is no need for a shop-bought dip. In fact, it will likely be quicker to make it from store cupboard ingredients than go to the store. 
Course Appetiser, Dip, Snack, Starter
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 222kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 185 g (6.5 oz) canned tuna in oil See Note 1
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest See Note 2
  • cup mayonnaise - good quality whole egg
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper - or to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves - roughly chopped See Note 3
  • 1 spring onion/scallion - some white and green part, roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste, if needed See Note 4
  • to garnish - parsley, spring onions, lemon zest and/or capers optional


  • Drain your tuna of any excess oil.
  • Zest the lemon. Chop the parsley and spring onion.
  • Place all of the ingredients into a small blender, and blend until the dip has reached a smooth consistency.
    Check that the seasoning is to your taste. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper if necessary. 
  • Serve the dip, spread in a shallow bowl with a garnish of parsley, spring/green onion top, capers or lemon zest. (Or all of the above!)


  1. Use good quality tuna. I prefer to use tuna in oil for this dip, as it has the best flavour.
  2. When removing the zest, avoid the white pith as it is bitter.
  3. For the best flavour, I prefer flat-leaf parsley.
  4. Check that the seasoning is to your taste, adding some salt, more pepper or lemon zest if necessary.
  5. Please note, the nutritional information is based on four serves. It does not include what the dip is served with. The nutritional information is an estimate only. 


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg