Creamy Tuna Spread

Creamy Tuna Spread

This recipe is affectionately called “Tuna Dip” in my house.  I’m writing about this now in honor of my birthday, which is tomorrow, because that is the first time I had this.  My good friend Jessica had invited me over to her house on my birthday a couple years ago to hang out with our kids.  She just had some snacks out and maybe we had something sweet because it was my birthday.  I don’t even remember!  I just wanted the recipe for this tuna spread that she learned to make from her dad.  I introduced my parents to it, and they have adopted as their own family recipe and got my nephew in Florida addicted to it too.

Start by letting an 8 oz. box of cream cheese soften.


Get out 1/4 cup of green olives.


Chop them finely.


Drain a small can of tuna.  This recipe actually tastes better with the cheap stuff, but all I had was albacore in water. If you don’t like a tuna taste, use albacore.

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Add a 1/4 tsp of dried thyme.

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Add the olives.


Add the tuna.

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Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  If your cream cheese doesn’t stir easily, you can add more.


Add a little pinch of salt and pepper to your liking and mix until everything is combined.

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Serve with crackers.  I like it with Wheat Thins, Triscuits (Rye flavor), pretzel crackers.  It would probably be awesome smeared on a toasted bagel or bagel chips.


Creamy Tuna Spread
Recipe type: Snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
  • ¼ cup green olives, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (more optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • serve with crackers
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir well until thoroughly combined.
  2. Serve with crackers.


My friend said her dad gets crazy with it and changes it up with jalapeños instead of olives and other spices.  I’m surprised I haven’t “make-shifted” this recipe yet.  If you do, I would love to hear about it!  I’m already thinking canned salmon with capers and dill on a bagel for brunch.  Oh, so many combinations!

Did I mention that my kids love this stuff?  They are a little weird about things that are mixed up together, but they both love this stuff.

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You may need bibs and lots of clean up.  It gets a little messy at our house.


Everything that tastes good is usually messy.



I hope this inspires you to create something yummy!



  1. This creamy tuna spread is really great on the crackers
    that are pretzel on one side and buttery on the other side. .
    The flip cracker! ; ) a great kid snack. . But you can’t make
    this for the kids snack time without having one yourself! ♡

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