Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado: Easy Seafood Appetizer

By La Cuisinière | Seafood

Nov 14

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Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado – Here is a simple stuffing to fill avocados, Roma or Kumato tomatoes and even green peppers!

Last week, my cousins, sister and I sat around Grand-mère’s dining room table catching up on childhood memories.  During my ten days visiting with family and lifelong friends, Eric prepared several fabulous meals including this easy seafood appetizer which he served as a first course.   

Personally, I could make a meal out of it and there are no hard rules about this dish.  It’s easy to prepare while sipping on an apéritif (I had my requisite Suzeand it tastes delicious.

Hosting a holiday party? Prepare this tuna filling as
a dip for crackers, chips or a spread for baguette slices!


Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado Façon Maison

While it was a hearty first course for a scrumptious meal, as a leftover the next day, it became a nice addition to a platter of appetizers to serve with the traditional apéritif.

What is versatile about this recipe is that you can just as easily prepare it with chopped shrimp or crab meat.  Eric selected high quality tuna in olive oil.

tuna-salad-stuffed-avocado ingredients

Solid White Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil

What’s So Special About Tuna Salad?

You may be thinking “what’s so special about tuna salad?” True enough. It crossed my mind that this amounted to the regular sandwich filling. We all make tuna salad on a regular basis.

But this is not your average tuna salad in that I did not use mayonnaise to create a blended mixture.  

It is best described as a smooth and creamy filling rather than the chunky mixture we spread between two slices of bread and a few crisp lettuce leaves.

Not only do the shallots give it a more delicate flavor than onions but the cheese gives it a smooth texture that is easy to spread on crackers or thin slices of fresh baguette.

Mist & Scoop Like A Pro

I used a soup spoon to fill the avocado centers because they happen to be a perfect fit for the avocado pit cavity.
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To be even more precise, spray a fine mist of olive oil into an ice scream scoop to easily fill small tomatoes.

You will find a 101 uses for this oil spray/mister! It is refillable and clog free thanks to its non-aerosol sprayer.

  • I spray frying pans instead of pouring olive oil
  • The fine mist is ideal when coating fancy molds and
  • It is perfection when misting olive oil all over a roasting chicken or a whole fish fillet. Spray then sprinkle with seasonings!

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

Perfect as a first course, this Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado also makes a great tasting dip.

tuna salad stuffed avocado

Eric’s Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30


Fill avocado halves with a creamy tuna mixture for an easy salad or first course. This is not your average tuna salad!



  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 112oz. can of Bumble Bee® Albacore tuna in water
  • 5 oz. can of Genova® Albacore tuna in olive oil
  • 3 large fresh shallots, finely chopped
  • Some freshly chopped curly parsley (I had to use dried parsley but fresh has all the flavor)
  • Half a 12oz. tub of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese OR an entire 8 oz. tub – adjust to desired consistency. The preferred “cheese” aka fromage ingredient is not available for sale in the USA 🙁
  • Sel de Guérande (Fleur De Sel) – to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper – to taste
  • EVOO to taste – if needed to achieve desired consistency.


  1. Peel then finely chop the shallots. Use 2 large shallots rather than 3 if you prefer but they do add zing to the filling.
  2. In a large bowl, add the drained tuna in water. Top with the albacore tuna in olive oil. You may need more olive oil to give the filling a smooth consistency.
  3. Add the desired amount of whipped cream cheese. Top with chopped shallots.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and mix to combine evenly.
  5. Adjust seasonings and consistency to taste.
  6. Slice avocados in half (one half per serving) and fill with tuna mixture. Top with a sprig of fresh parsley or paper thin slivers of shallots then serve immediately.


  • Cheese does not combine ingredients into a smooth mixture the way mayonnaise does. You can use tuna packed in water (drained) but you will eventually need to add a bit of olive oil in order to properly blend the whipped cheese into the tuna so the mixture creates a smooth filling.
  • I used one can of tuna in water Well drained) and a small can of tuna in olive oil. I did need to add about 1 tablespoon of oil to make a well blended mixture.


  • Serving Size: 4
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Tuna Seasoned To Taste

Did I find a way to “doctor” this simple recipe? Oui.

A few months ago, my sis brought back a small pack of spices labeled “Sel de la Mer” which translates literally as salt of the sea – in other words, a seafood salt.

It is a spectacular custom blend of organic sel de Guérande, fennel, coriander, bay leaves, chervil, parsley and turmeric – much like this seasoning blend.

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