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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