Smoked Tuna Dip

This little plate of deliciousness is so satisfying but yet good for you! My husband caught a tuna in Venice, LA last fall and we have been eating off it all year long.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to eat dairy, so I knew as soon as we started re-introducing this would be one of the first things I made!  You can’t beat a good smoked tuna dip.  It’s great for lunch, snack and an excellent appetizer.  There are so many ways to dress it up or just eat it plain with a cracker!

 

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Smoked Tuna Dip:
Ingredients:
2 cups smoked tuna filets – shredded*
2-3 tbs mayo
2-3 tbs sour cream
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp hot sauce or season to taste
1 tsp chopped dill (we used fresh)
2 tsp cajun spice seasoning or season to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder (omit if your cajun seasoning has garlic)
Celtic sea salt — season to taste**
Sprinkle with smoked paprika
*If you have access to a smoker then the best way to make the dip is to cook fresh tuna filets on a smoker.  Coat in oil of choice – sprinkle with salt/pepper and cajun spices.  Smoke until filets are cooked all the way through. If you don’t have a smoker then you can grill filets and add liquid smoke. Just make sure to buy a brand that is all natural, with nothing else added. I think canned tuna with liquid smoke would probably work too but I wouldn’t think it would be quite as flavorful.  I’ve not tried with a can so I can’t say for sure – but if it’s your only option then it’s worth a try! For GAPS – only use smoked filets – liquid smoke is not legal. 
**If you salted your filets or your cajun spice seasoning has salt in it then you may not need any extra salt.  Just season as necessary.
Instructions:
  1. Shred filets until the tuna is finely chopped up.
  2. Starting with 2 tbs of mayo and 2 tbs of sour cream, add to the shredded tuna and stir well.  Depending on desired consistency add additional mayo and sour cream.  I personally prefer mine creamy using 3 tbs of each.
  3. Next add ACV, hot sauce, cajun seasoning, garlic and salt.  Stir well to incorporate.  The cajun seasoning can be adjusted to taste depending on if you used a lot to cook the filets with.
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