Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip #SuperBowl

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013


Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip   Photos: Susan Benton/

I happen to love smoked tuna dip. Not canned, overly wet, and not whipped in a blender. I also happen to think Chef Dave Bishop at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant located in Seaside, Florida, makes the best. It is packed with fresh smoked chunks of fish, full of flavor and served with lavash. Chef Bishop shared with me a few of his secrets which include smoking the fish in white wine, and using a little soy sauce, cream and fresh herbs in the dip. The dip is best served on the upstairs deck at Bud & Alley’s overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with an ice cold beer in hand. Just my opinion.

Today #SundaySupper is hosting a Super Bowl party, and it’s a Touchdown! We have a feast of recipes from appetizers to main dishes,including desserts. There are even healthy options-something for everyone, and I am bringing my version of Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip to the event. Hoping to pin Bishop down for his exact recipe soon!

Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip

Recipe: Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip


1 pint white wine

1 pint water

1/4 cup Salt

2  1/2 lbs. Fresh Yellowfin Tuna, cut into 3/4 inch steaks

1 1/4 cup Dukes Mayonnaise (use more or less depending on your preferred consistency)

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon White Pepper

1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped

1/2  onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce


Combine salt, wine and water. Soak tuna steaks in a salt water brine for one hour before smoking. Pat dry, rub with soy sauce and transfer to smoker on indirect heat (about 250 degrees) turning after one hour, until cooked through (do not overcook). Chop smoked tuna steaks to your desired consistency, I like rough chopped.

In a stainless steel mixing bowl, combine chopped smoked tuna, mayonnaise, cream, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, parsley, onion, tobasco and mix well (folding mixture). Scoop mixture into a serving dish and surround with lavash.

Smoked Tuna Dip

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35 Responses to “Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip #SuperBowl”

  1. Susan says:

    So glad to hear the feedback Scott! Thanks!

  2. Marylyn says:

    Great website. Plentgy of useful information here.

    I am sending itt to a few buddies and also sharing
    it’s delicious.

  3. Scott says:

    This was an incredible recipe. Used king mackeral and smoked it on the egg. Added a little more “kick” to it, and everyone loved it.

  4. Scott says:

    Smoked a king mackeral on my egg and used this recipe. It was awesome! Seasoned to taste used freshly minced garlic vs powder and a bit more tobasco and a bit less pepper. Love it!!

  5. RVAGOGO says:

    I love this post and now know that I need to have a Super Bowl party. Thanks.

  6. Jeff in Ohio says:

    got hooked on smoked tuna dip at a bar called ‘My Place’ in Fairhope Alabama on a trip last year and decided to buy a smoker just to make tuna. Lucky for me, Cleveland has a great public market with fresh fish daily. Picked up 2 pounds of yellow fin on Saturday and made my first batch using cherry wood. Absolutly amazing. Great smokey undertones with good bite at the end from the white pepper. Made some bushwhackers in the blender and I was good to go!

  7. I love tuna but hate tinned tuna so this dip looks so amazing to me.

  8. Sunithi says:

    This looks and sounds so yummy. Must make soon. Healthy too !

  9. I never had smoked tuna it sounds delicious!

  10. Now I need to get myself a smoker as I really really need to try this dip! Sounds wonderful

  11. I am not a fan of that canned tuna dip, but this sounds delicious. Perfect for gameday.

  12. WOW – I wish I owned a smoker!! I love yellowfin tuna and I know I would love this dip.

  13. Stacy says:

    Well, I never would have thought to put fish on the smoker! I mean, I’ve bought smoked fish but it never occurred to me to do it myself. I’ll bet the flavor is fabulous! What a great dip!

  14. As I read your post, Susan, my heart-strings were tweaked a bit. My 87-year-old father and my stepmother are 2 blocks away from the Gulf of Mexico. The fish I purchase at your Florida Publix is always fresh and wonderful. Anyway, your tuna dip accented with white wine, pepper and tabasco sounds fabulous. Thank you for this keeper recipe!

    P.s. Love your backstory filled with so much romance, adventure and food!

  15. Jenne says:

    White wine and tuna! I am going to have to sneak and make this one when no one is home.

  16. Susan says:

    Never heard of smoked tuna dip before but it sounds delish!

  17. Liz says:

    Boy, does this sound amazing! I adore smoked fish and would just sit by this bowl and keep sampling. YUM!

  18. So elegant, and so lovely! I’m a seafoodie and pescetarian, so I simply must make this. Simply must! Gorgeous appetizer!

  19. Using fresh fish certainly makes a difference! Great party food and wonderful pics!

  20. Susan says:

    I don’t like “fishy” fish and this does not have a smell at all and tastes fantastic! I order it every time I am at Bud’s- at least once a week!

  21. Sarah says:

    love that you use fresh fish here. Great

  22. What a fabulous dip! LOVE IT. Makes me want to dip away!

  23. Hezzi-D says:

    Tuna dip? Yes please! I’ve never heard of this but it sounds really good.

  24. Kim Bee says:

    This is fabulous. I’d love to be eating this somewhere warm right now.

  25. Susan says:

    @Tara, I would use hickory or applewood. Let me know how it turns out and what modifications you made! :)

  26. Tara says:

    What kind of wood so you use to smoke it?

  27. Tara says:

    That looks fabulous, we have a smoker and I am showing this recipe to my hubby for sure!! Right now actually!!

  28. Susan says:

    Try smoked Trout or Salmon as well in the recipe! Delicious!

  29. Sadly living so far from any coastal waters, and fresh fish I sometimes forget how good it can be! Lovely recipe!

  30. Susan says:

    It is fresh delicious and a hit on game day and as an appetizer! Very tasty!

  31. Bea says:

    I do not know Smoked Tuna dip, but this sounds amazing! Yum!

  32. Katie says:

    Sounds like this dip is a winner for sure!! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. That’s a winner! Smoked Tuna, mayo, lemon, garlic… its my kind of dip. =)

  34. On this cold Michigan day, I would love to sample this dip in Florida. lol This looks amazing! Love the use of wine with the fish. Yum!

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