Tuna Dip Recipe (Quick And Easy)

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This easy tuna dip recipe can be put together in minutes. A great appetizer made with tuna and a few other simple ingredients.

Bowl of dip with Ritz cracker in it.


Have some canned tuna in the pantry? Give this simple tuna dip recipe a try. It’s the perfect appetizer or even light lunch to make when you are short on time.

Need some more easy dip ideas? Be sure to try this crack dip, olive dip, and Knorr spinach dip.

Why this recipe works

  • This dip can be made in less than 10 minutes.
  • A wonderful way to use canned tuna.
  • Great for a fast party appetizer that your guests are sure to enjoy.

Ingredients needed

Tuna – You can use your favorite canned tuna. I used the chunk light tuna that is packaged in a pouch.

Cream Cheese – Use full fat or low fat. Make sure it’s softened so it’s easier to mix. I like to leave it out on the counter 30 minutes before making.

Mayonnaise – This adds a little extra creaminess. It can be substituted with sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Green Onions – I love green onions for a pop of color but they can be substituted with diced sweet onion or red onion.

Lemon Juice – This adds a fresh, bright flavor to the dip.

Seasonings – Garlic powder, Old Bay Seasoning, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper

Bowl of tuna, cream cheese, may, green onion, spices, and lemon juice.

How to make tuna dip

Step one: Place cream cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl. Mix until creamy. Stir in tuna, diced green onion, lemon juice, garlic powder, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Large bowl with canned tuna, mayonnaise, green onion and a spatula.

Step two: Completely stir to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Bowl filled with creamy tuna dip and a green spatula.

What to serve with tuna dip

This dip can be served in several ways. Here are a few suggestions:

Dip: The classic way is to serve this as a dip with things like your favorite crackers, celery sticks, carrot sticks, potato chips, pita chips, and more.

Bread: This tuna mixture is great served on toasted bread as a sandwich, on a croissant, toasted or bagel.

Salad: Add a scoop of tuna dip on top of a bed of lettuce for a protein packed salad.

Bowl of tuna dip with crackers and celery sticks.

Recipe tips

  • Since this is such a simple recipe with few ingredients, make sure to use quality tuna.
  • To make this a spicy tuna dip, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or 1-2 drops of hot sauce into the mixture.
  • If you don’t like Old Bay seasoning, try substituting with Cajun seasoning.
  • Garnish the dip with some chopped green onions or fresh chopped parsley to the top of the dip for added color.
  • I think this dip is best chilled but it can be eaten immediately after making.

How to store

Store any leftovers covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Give it a good stir before serving.

This dip does not freeze well. The cream cheese and mayonnaise looses it’s creamy texture when it thaws.

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Bowl of dip with Ritz cracker in it.
5 from 2 votes

Tuna Dip

By Heather
Easy, cream tuna dip appetizer.
Prep: 5 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total: 32 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6-7 ounces tuna
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/4 ground black pepper


  • Place softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add tuna, green onions, lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper in the bowl. Stir together until combined.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.



Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I omitted the green onion (I didn’t have any) and added some chopped dill pickle pieces. Ate it with pita chips. My husband and I loved it!