Smoked Tuna Dip


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My smoked tuna dip is creamy, savory, and layered with a warm smoke flavor. Ready in minutes, it’s the perfect appetizer OR sandwich spread!

Need more dip recipes? Try my salmon dip, eggplant dip, or cake batter dip next. 

smoked tuna fish dip.

I don’t always get much notice when I have a group of friends coming over, and since I’m the host with the most, I need a few standby appetizers. 

Que, my smoked tuna fish dip. With all the flavors of my healthy tuna salad plus a rich smokiness, it’s the perfect dip that couldn’t be easier to whip up.

What is smoked tuna dip?

Smoked tuna fish dip is a famous dip made along the Gulf Coast. It’s based on tuna, cream cheese, and an assortment of spices and is typically served at room temperature with crudites and saltine crackers. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make smoked tuna dip
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More easy tuna recipes
  8. Smoked Tuna Dip (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. The entire recipe takes less than a minute to make. 
  • Use canned OR fresh tuna. It doesn’t get more convenient than that. 
  • Easy to customize. Add extra spices, double up on the liquid smoke, or use flavored tuna. 
  • Healthier than store-bought. Compared to grocery store options, this one has half the ingredients, calories, and fat.

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“Made this for a party and it didn’t last more than 5 minutes”Olga

Ingredients needed

  • Tuna. While canned albacore tuna or yellowtail tuna is preferred (and more affordable), you can use a freshly cooked tuna steak. 
  • Cream cheese. Full fat and softened to room temperature. 
  • Sour cream. Adds extra creaminess and balances out the fish flavor. You can also use mayonnaise. 
  • Green onion. Finely chopped. 
  • Worcestershire sauce. Adds a salty and savory flavor. 
  • Liquid smoke. The secret ingredient that gives the dip the lovely smoky flavor. 
  • Spices. I used garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and black pepper. 
  • Fresh lemon juice. As needed. 

How to make smoked tuna dip

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Combine ingredients. Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently stir until combined.

Step 2- Refrigerate and serve. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld and the dip to thicken. Then, transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.

smoked tuna dip in a bowl.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Don’t over-mix the tuna. Or else it’ll lose its flaky consistency. 
  • Go easy on the smoke flavor. That stuff is strong, so only add what’s directed. The flavor will intensify as it chills. 
  • Taste as you go, and add any spices as needed.


  • Smoke your own tuna. If you own a smoker, skip the smoke flavor and smoke your tuna by hand!
  • Make it spicy. If you can handle the heat, add a little more cayenne pepper. When I make it for a big group, I usually just set out a bottle of hot sauce on the table. 
  • Garnish the dip with fresh parsley or chives.

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 

To freeze: Place leftovers in an airtight container and freeze for up to six months.

smoked tuna dip.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use any canned fish?

Canned tuna or canned salmon are the best options as they are boneless and flake easily. Other canned fish like sardines will not work anywhere near as well.

More easy tuna recipes

smoked tuna dip recipe.

Smoked Tuna Dip

5 from 113 votes
My smoked tuna dip is creamy, savory, and layered with a warm smoke flavor. Ready in minutes, it’s the perfect appetizer OR sandwich spread!
Servings: 24 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces canned tuna packed in springwater
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Add the drained canned tuna, cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl and gently stir until combined.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes, for the flavors to meld and the dip to thicken.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy.


TO STORE: You can keep smoked tuna dip in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, covered. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSodium: 65mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 0.01gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published August 2022, updated and republished July 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Smoked salmon/lox is super difficult to find in my area unless you smoke it yourself. I took an everything bagel, your dip, and added a few capers, slice of tomato, and microgreens I grew in my windowsill. Your recipe made one beautiful bagel sandwich! Just wanted to say thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is outstanding. You can also sub salmon of chicken instead of tuna. I serve with Ritz crackers and celery sticks. Thank you for sharing. Ten stars!