Smoked Tuna Spread Canapés

Try this easy canapé recipe for your next cocktail party. Made with canned tuna, cream cheese and cucumber slices on crunchy almond crackers, this is an appetizer that your guests will be reaching for first.

tuna cucumber
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
24 canapés

What Are the Main Ingredients of Canapés?

Canapés are hors d'oeuvres featuring a base of bread, toast, pastry or crackers with various savory toppings, served either hot or cold. Canapés typically consist of a base, a spread, a primary topping and a garnish. They are traditionally served before dinner along with other appetizers or served at cocktail parties.

Are Canapés Good for You?

Canapés can be made with a variety of nutritious and flavorful ingredients. For healthier canapés, make them with fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. Try our Canapés with Peach, Sage & Prosciutto or make bite-sized Marinated Squash & Goat Cheese Toasts and Chile-Spiced Delicata Squash Crostini.

Our smoked tuna spread canapés are low in calories and high in protein. Canned tuna is a healthy pantry staple and contains a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants like selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Crisp, cool and packed with health benefits, cucumbers give these canapés a refreshing crunch without many calories.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, divided

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium Old Bay Seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke

  • 1 (5 ounce) can very low-sodium chunk white tuna, drained

  • 2 tablespoons diced pimiento, drained

  • 24 almond crackers, such as Blue Diamond Almond Thins brand

  • ½ of a 12-inch English cucumber (about 8 ounces), cut into 24 slices, each about 1/4 inch thick


  1. Stir cream cheese, onion, 1 tablespoon chives, oil, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke in a medium bowl until creamy.

  2. Flake tuna with a fork. Add the tuna and pimiento to the cream cheese mixture; stir until well mixed. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. (The smoke flavor will build. It may seem faint at first, but refrain from adding more liquid smoke until after the mixture chills. If desired, stir in an additional 1/8-1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke.)

  3. To assemble the canapés, spread 1/2 teaspoon of the tuna mixture on each cracker. Top each with a cucumber slice and another 1 1/2 teaspoons of the tuna mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives.

To make ahead

Prepare the recipe through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
6g Fat
9g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 4 canapés
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 15%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Vitamin A 309IU 6%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 97mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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