Spicy Tuna Pate

Looking for a super-easy lunch with a ton of flavor? Spicy tuna pate takes five ingredients (with options for a few more) and no more than 10 minutes of time! It’s delicious with crudités of all types, as a sandwich spread, or even as a baked potato topping. Spicy tuna pate packs a surprising amount of flavor for how easy it is to make. That mix of meaty tuna, rich butter, fiery cayenne pepper, and tangy lemon juice just lights up your mouth in all the right ways. It’s delicious as is, but you could also opt for experimenting with some onion powder and/or garlic powder in the mix (1/2 teaspoon of each.)

Spicy Tuna Pate in a bowl

If you’re concerned on the spiciness, feel free to ramp down on the amount of cayenne used. Starting with 1/2 teaspoon (instead of a full teaspoon) would be the obvious first adjustment. But feel free to experiment with even 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne if just a hint of warmth is more your style.

This spicy tuna pate recipe stores well.  Just add it to an airtight container and use it within thee days.  The flavor improves after cooling for a few hours, so give yourself plenty of time between when you make it and when you eat it. Whipping it up in the morning for a quick lunch at noon is the perfect timing.

Spicy Tuna Pate
Spicy Tuna Pate in a bowl

Spicy Tuna Pate

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 6 servings
Calories 186 kcal


  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice approximately the juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Add the butter to a small bowl or cup and microwave for 20 seconds or until melted.
  • Drain the tuna and add it to a food processor with the melted butter, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • Pulse blend until completely smooth.
  • Squeeze in the lemon juice and mix to combine.
  • Serve immediately with bread, crackers, or vegetable batons.


Refrigerate for up to 3 days and enjoy cold.


Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 469mgPotassium: 117mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 644IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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