Pâté de Thon (Tuna Pâté)

  • Serves

    serves 10-12


Canned tuna is enlivened with fresh herbs, lemon, and a dash of sherry in this velvety dip. This recipe first appeared in our April 2014 issue with Laura Loesch-Quintin's story Looks Like Fish.


  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more
  • 1 tsp. minced rosemary
  • ½ small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cups parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp. dry sherry
  • 2 (6-oz.) cans tuna, packed in oil, drained
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cups heavy cream
  • Sliced cucumber, lemon, and olives, for garnish (optional)


Step 1

Place 2 tbsp. cold water in a food processor; sprinkle in gelatin and let sit 10 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. boiling water; purée until combined. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add rosemary and onion; cook until onion is golden, 5–7 minutes, and transfer to food processor. Add mayonnaise, parsley, sherry, tuna, lemon zest, salt, and pepper; purée until smooth; transfer to a bowl.

Step 2

Whip cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form; fold into tuna mixture. Spread into a greased 1-qt. fish-shaped mold. (Alternatively, line a 1-qt. bowl with plastic wrap and spread mixture evenly into bowl.) Chill until set, 1 hour; unmold onto a serving platter; garnish with cucumber, lemon, and olives, if you like.

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