Tuna Timbales Recipe

Tuna Timbales Recipe


Tuna Timbales Recipe makes a delicious, old fashioned dish for entertaining guests or everyday fare. With only 4 ingredients, including  Seafood Seasoning Mix, whip it up quickly and bake it.

Tuna Timbales Recipe

  • 15 oz. canned chunk Light Tuna, packed in water
  • 1/3 cup self-rising flour (I use self-rising Masa corn flour)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon My Seafood Seasoning Mix (recipe below)
  • Lime Tarter Sauce for dressing
  • ketchup, shrimp cocktail sauce or BBQ sauce for dressing
  • tomatoes and salad greens (optional)
  • non-stick cooking spray


Place tuna with the juices into a mixing bowl. Stir in flour and mix well. Add spices and mayonnaise.

Mix on high speed for 1-2 minutes until all is mixed well and mixture is light and airy.

Spray 3 medium sized muffin tins with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Spoon mixture equally in each tin, heaping on top if necessary.

Bake in a preheated oven 375F. for 50-60 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the tops are firm to the touch.

You want the sides, tops and bottoms to be browned and firm. The insides of the timbales should remain soft.

Remove from the oven and let set for 30 minutes. This helps firm up the sides and bottoms so they won't fall apart when dislodged.

Gently, (the are fragile when hot) loosen the sides before removing. You can run a knife around the edges to loosen.

Another way to remove them is  to turn the muffin pan on all four sides, gently tapping on the counter top to loosen from the pan.

This method is especially easy when using non-stick muffin tins.



When loosened invert pan. They will pop right out. Cool further or serve immediately. They can be served warm or cold.

To plate and serve fancy like the image above, pour a little of your preferred red sauce in the center of your serving plate.

Place one timbale in the center of the sauce and top with a dollop of your tarter sauce.

Surround the outer edges of plate with greens and tomatoes, if you prefer.

The contrasting flavors of your red and white sauce with tomatoes is awesome with this Tuna Timbales Recipe.

 Seafood Seasoning Mix

  • 3 tablespoons paprika powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme


Sift together spices (or stir them together well with a spoon) and pour them in a spice jar or container with a tight fitting lid.

Store in a dark, cool place with your other spices.

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