Sea Chicken (Tuna) Spread

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by IOjaw

Canned tuna is more commonly called “sea chicken” on island. This recipe is almost like a smooth tuna pate. It can be used as a dip or spread. It even makes a great snack or light entrée when used as a topping over rice. NOTE: On Okinawa, dill pickles are still limited to very few grocery stores. I found that the juice is a good substitute if a smooth final consistency is desired.

Top Review by nemokitty

Delicious tuna spread! I didn't have any white onion so I had to use onion flakes and garlic powder instead of the paste. I loved the taste the pickle juice gives the dish. We ate this for lunch with crackers while watching some football on Sunday. Made for PAC Fall 2012.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (6 1/2 ounce) can tuna (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon white onion (finely diced)
  • 12 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 14 cup japanese mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice added)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together until a smooth but firm consistency.

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