Avocado Tuna Boats {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Avocado Tuna Boats {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Avocado Tuna Boats make for a simple appetizer or light dinner meal yet are full of fresh crisp flavors from the veggies and Asian themed dressing. Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free too. Ready in 10 minutes. 


Tuna tartar is one of my all time favorite dishes. I love love love it.

Unfortunately finding sushi grade tuna tartar friendly tuna can be quite difficult. In certain countries (cough Malaysia cough) I never even saw fresh tuna in the grocery store.

In other places I just didn’t feel comfortable serving it raw basically.

For those occasions I needed something to partially take care of that tuna tartar craving without endangering my health.

Cue avocado tuna boats. I had made avocado boats before which my best friend’s boyfriend at that time referred to simply as amaze balls, so it was time for a newer more improved version.

Here we’ve got super crisp flavors from the cucumbers and the green onions and a delightful and fragrant Asian themed dressing with sesame oil, garlic, ginger, lime, etc.

The cubed avocado and flaky canned tuna are thrown into the mix and for presentation’s sake you can then serve this appetizer back in the avocado shells.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love to cook as much as the next food blogger. Sometimes, though, what I really want is a delicious meal on the table in minutes.

And these avocado tuna boats right here are ready within 10 minutes. How often do you get to say that? Think of this as the budget version of tuna tartar.

A can of tuna, avocados, cucumber, green onions and a few sauces and bam this dish is ready to go.

For presentation’s sake serve back in those dark green avocado shells – I just love that look.

So when you don’t have access to sushi grade tuna or if you’re just a canned tuna fan, you can’t go wrong with this super simple avocado tuna boats appetizer or lunch dish .



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Avocado Tuna Boats {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Avocado Tuna Boats make for a simple appetizer or light dinner meal yet are full of fresh crisp flavors from the veggies and Asian themed dressing. Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free too.

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 can tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons gluten free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 small cucumber, cubed
  • 1/2 lime, juiced and zested
  • handful cilantro, chopped


  1. In a small bowl combine garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, olive oil, and lime juice. Mix the dressing until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl combine tuna, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, lime zest, and green onions.
  3. Pour dressing over the tuna avocado mix.
  4. Serve in the avocado shells.
Recipe Type: Appetizer

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    • Vicky says

      Oooo avocados stuffed with crab meat sound delicious as well! Will have to try using crab meat instead of tuna next time around : ) Thanks for the tip! I updated the post with the link to the GF Wednesdays post – sorry about that!

  1. says

    What a great idea and a great filling for the boats! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  2. says

    These look delicious! I’m a fan of anything that contains avocado. Thanks for linking up with Simple Meals Friday. I’m pinning this one right now!

  3. Racheal says

    would you be so kind to tell me when to add the lemon zest and cilantro that are mentioned as ingrediants, but not mentioned in the recipe’s instructions? Thank you in advance!

    • Vicky says

      Hi Racheal Sorry about that! Thanks for catching that in the recipe. Add the lime zest and cilantro to the tuna, avocado, cucumber and green onions. Going to update that now.

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