Tuna Stuffed Avocado 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, Dairy-Free and can be made Paleo, Whole30 and Keto. Ready in 10 minutes. Tuna stuffed avocado boats one of my favourite tuna dishes to make, but Tuna tartar has to be 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 tuna stuffed avocado boats. I had made tuna stuffed 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 to make presentable and impressive tuna stuffed avocado boats.
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. I just do not always have the patience to stand over the oven, nor the time. Sometimes hunger hits and I know I need to feed myself asap or I’ll get hangry. Hangry — know the feeling? Hungry and angry? This hits some people worse than others – myself included in that category. D would know what it’s like to be with hangry me, and it’s not good – so to prevent those occasions for every happening I need to make these tuna stuffed avocado boats.
And these stuffed 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.
Why these Avocado Boats are the best:
- ready in 10 minutes
- no cooking required
- perfect combination of flavors with a simple delicious Asian dressing
- gorgeous presentation
- easy healthy recipe
- all the flavors of tuna tartar for a fraction of the price
Tuna Avocado Boat Ingredients:
- canned tuna
- green onions
For the Dressing:
- sesame oil,
- olive oil
- lime juice
A can of tuna, avocados, cucumber, green onions and a few sauces and bam this dish is ready to go. Minimal fuss and practically no mess. You don’t even need to serve these on a plate!
- Use a high quality canned tuna
- Always use fresh lime juice (never buy the bottles stuff)
- Not craving an Asian themed meal? Replace with dressing with mayo instead (this one is my favorite)
- For better presentation serve this tuna avocado salad in the avocado shells themselves
- To keep the avocado from browning drizzle it with lime juice and add just before serving
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 tuna stuffed avocado appetizer or lunch dish.
Let me know what you think of my tuna stuffed avocado boats in the comments below! And please tell me that you get hangry too and I’m not the only one?
How to make tuna stuffed avocado boats
This recipe is insanely easy to make. You are essentially just mincing, grating, chopping ingredients and mixing them all together. No cooking required.
To make the dressing combine garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, olive oil and lime juice. Mix until smooth. To make this recipe soy free, Paleo, or Whole30 instead of tamari use an even mix of Coconut Aminos and Red Boat Fish Sauce. The combination of these two together make a great soy free soy sauce substitute.
In a bowl combine the tuna with avocado, cucumber, cilantro, lime zest and green onions. Mix. Add dressing. Mix and place back in the avocado shells for presentation.
Naturally these avocado boats can just be served in a bowl as a regular Asian themed avocado tuna salad.
I just love the way this recipe looks served in the reserved avocado shells.
Helpful Ingredient Links:
- If you are soy free, Paleo, or Whole30 instead of tamari/soy sauce use a combination of Coconut Aminos and Red Boat Fish Sauce.
- If you are skipping the Asian dressing and want to use mayo instead this Primal Kitchen Paleo Mayo is my favorite.
Looking for more tuna avocado recipes?
- Tuna Avocado Salad with Eggs
- Mexican Tuna Salad
- Tuna Avocado Nori Wraps
Tuna Stuffed Avocado 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.
- 1 can tuna drained and flaked
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 inch piece of ginger grated
- 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons gluten free tamari (use Coconut Aminos + Fish Sauce for Paleo/Whole30)
- 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
In a small bowl combine garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, olive oil, and lime juice. Mix the dressing until smooth.
In a large bowl combine tuna, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, lime zest, and green onions.
Pour dressing over the tuna avocado mix.
Serve in the avocado shells.
If you are following a Paleo or Whole30 diet instead of tamari use a mix of Coconut Aminos and Red Boat Fish Sauce
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Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts says
These look delicious! I know that I love avocadoes stuffed with crabmeat. 😉 Thanks for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesdays, but please remember to link back to one of our hosts’ posts as required.
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!
Julia @ Swirls and Spice says
I enjoyed a stuffed avocado similar to this for lunch this week. Yours sounds so good. I will have to try it! Pinning!
Thanks so much! Love having avocados for lunch. Would love to hear what you put in yours?
Miz Helen 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,
Thanks so much! I love coming up with avocado boats recipes : ) So fun serving the finished product back in the shell!
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!
Thanks! I too am a fan of anything avocado related : ))
Lori Hart says
Congratulations!! Your recipe has been featured at Tickle My Tastebuds on my blog, Lori’s Culinary Creations. Hop on over and grab a feature button and link up your latest culinary creations. Congrats again.
Aw thanks so much for featuring my recipe!!
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!
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.
Oops! I meant lime zest! Sorry!
Sounds awesome and delicious! <3