These Tuna Salad Deviled Eggs combines the CLASSIC tuna salad you grew up loving and the everyone’s FAVORITE party food, deviled eggs! Better than your momma used to make and more fun to eat.
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I grew up eating tuna fish salad on white toast, but like, who didn’t? Once I got older I started eating it on crackers or just grabbing a fork and eating out of the fridge.
But my favorite new way is to add it to eggs. Not putting eggs in the tuna salad recipe, but adding it to my deviled eggs.
This turns breakfast ON ITS HEAD if you are running out of ideas to make for the family or if you are trying to eat healthy and add more protein to get you through the morning.
When you decide to enjoy these is up to you, but they do make a great appetizer!
What’s in Classic Tuna Salad?
Let’s start with the basic recipe which includes:
- salt and pepper
I can never do anything just like the classic recipe and these tuna salad deviled eggs are no exception.
My go-to recipe always has Dijon mustard because I love the tang, extra onion because I want stinky breath, dill and not sweet pickles because again, tang, and extra celery.
I like the traditional ingredients but let’s talk about how I upgrade it.
Tips to upgrade plain tuna salad
- oil-packed tuna vs water-packed tuna.
- you can substitute the mayo with avocado or add mustard to the mayo in varying ratios.
- celery adds crunch so try adding other things like nuts, seeds, raw onion, pickle chunks, olives, and dried fruit.
- onion is always a bone of contention but some prefer small or grated onion, onion powder instead of pieces, white, green, or red.
- this is the hottest controversy in my house. Dill vs sweet pickles, sliced vs relish.
- basic seasonings like salt and pepper can be revamped with lemon pepper, wasabi, curry, hot sauce, cilantro, and citrus zest.
Tuna fish salad is a great blank slate to try many different combinations!
Deviled Eggs with Tuna
Another hotly debated addition to tuna salad is hard-boiled eggs. Do you add eggs to your tuna salad? If I were to do a poll, I believe that the ratio would fall 50/50 on whether or not you like eggs in your tuna salad.
Personally, I am 100% on the side of hard-boiled eggs in my tuna salad. If you fall on the side of absolutely, positively, no eggs in your tuna salad, how do you feel about deviled eggs?
If you are on TEAM YES for deviled eggs and on TEAM NO for eggs in your tuna salad, how would you feel about my recipe for tuna salad deviled eggs?
These deviled eggs are a great way to serve the classic tuna salad recipe along with deviled eggs!
How to make Tuna Salad Deviled Eggs
First: You have to hard boil your eggs and peel them. If you need some tips on hard-boiling eggs, you can read my post on how to make perfect eggs and see about my trial and error before finding the right way. Or you can use specialty egg cookers like this one, or this one if you are ok with extra appliances.
Second: Once the eggs are hard-boiled, whip up the classic tuna salad. Stick to the basics with your add-ins or switch it up with a few of my suggestions earlier in the post.
Third: Make the tuna salad adding in the hard boiled yolks.
Fourth: Pipe or scoop the tuna salad into the egg white halves. Garnish as you like and keep chilled until ready to serve.
For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Tapas Tips & Tricks
When I add the yolks of the hard-boiled eggs, rough chop them instead of mashing them.
Keeping them in larger pieces adds bulk to the tuna salad but also an opportunity to taste the egg yolk individually instead of the yolk melting into the mayo in the tuna salad.
You went to all the trouble of boiling the eggs you should get to actually taste them.
Stuffed Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are technically stuffed eggs by definition but I like to describe my deviled eggs as stuffed because I am stuffing them with lots of extra goodies and not just mayo.
Not only does tuna salad taste great on its own but stuffed into deviled eggs, it’s even better. And you don’t have to continue the egg yes/no debate.
Classic tuna salad tastes great on a sandwich or a salad but it is even better in my Deviled Eggs! Perfect for a party appetizer or a complete meal!
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Printable Recipe for Tuna Salad Deviled Eggs
- 12 eggs (hard-boiled, peeled, halved, yolks reserved)
- 2 cans tuna (5 oz, drained)
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 dashes hot sauce (I prefer Tabasco)
- 3 teaspoons onion (chopped fine)
- 3 tablespoons celery (diced small)
- 3 tablespoons dill pickles (diced small)
- 3 tablespoons mustard (I prefer Dijon but plain yellow is fine too)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the egg yolks, drained tuna, mustard and mayo.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the onion, celery, and pickles (save some for garnishing).
- Stir to combine.
- Taste and season with hot sauce, salt, & pepper to taste.
- With a small spoon, scoop 1 scant tablespoon into each egg half.
- Garnish with leftover onion and celery if desired.
- Keep chilled until ready to serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 258mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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