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Barb's Tuna Mousse

Updated on August 3, 2012

One Serving Tuna Mousse on Greens

Ready to eat as is or on crackers or toast.
Ready to eat as is or on crackers or toast. | Source

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About This Tuna Mousse Recipe

I discovered the recipe I based my Tuna Mousse recipe on in a local paper about 25 years ago. I don't remember which paper is was, but I clipped it and tried it, with some variations. My husband liked it, but when I made it today it had been so long that he'd forgotten about it. He remembered quickly once he tasted it.

Before I give you my version of this recipe, I'd like to say a bit about the ingredients. I do most, but not all, of my shopping at Trader Joe's. So I use a lot of their brands, and I've used the information from those brands when I calculated the nutritional values. I used Trader Joe's Regular Mayonnaise, and Trader Joe's Goat Milk Plain Yogurt. I also used Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna.

The cooking time for this recipe is deceptive. It doesn't cook. It chills. So it isn't really ready in 35 minutes. It takes about 2 hours to chill at the earliest. Longer is better.



Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 10 servings

Ingredients I Used for My Tuna Mousse

These are the exact ingredients I used to prepare this dish.
These are the exact ingredients I used to prepare this dish. | Source

Ingredients for Barb's Tuna Mousse

  • 2 envelopes or tablespoons unflavored geletin, (I used Knox)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 7-oz cans chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (6 olives)) pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from one small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Instructions Illustrated

#1 Mix gelatin and cold water. Let it stand until soft while you prepare other ingredients.
#1 Mix gelatin and cold water. Let it stand until soft while you prepare other ingredients. | Source
#4 Squeeze lemon. I love my lemon juicer I inherited from an aunt. I had been coveting it a long time. It's so easy to use.
#4 Squeeze lemon. I love my lemon juicer I inherited from an aunt. I had been coveting it a long time. It's so easy to use. | Source
#2 Gelatin is soft now. You can see how thick it is and there is no more watery edge.
#2 Gelatin is soft now. You can see how thick it is and there is no more watery edge. | Source
#5 All ingredients but dissolved gelatin and yogurt are in the bowl now.
#5 All ingredients but dissolved gelatin and yogurt are in the bowl now. | Source
#3 This is how your gelatin should look when it has dissolved. When you first take it out of the microwave oven it may look a bit cloudy, but if you leave it for a few seconds it will be clear. It took about 5 minutes cooking for mine to dissolve.
#3 This is how your gelatin should look when it has dissolved. When you first take it out of the microwave oven it may look a bit cloudy, but if you leave it for a few seconds it will be clear. It took about 5 minutes cooking for mine to dissolve. | Source
#6 Add the dissolved gelatin to the ingredients in the bowl and mix very well.
#6 Add the dissolved gelatin to the ingredients in the bowl and mix very well. | Source
#7 Add yogurt. Mix well.
#7 Add yogurt. Mix well. | Source

How to Make Tuna Mousse

  1. Soften the gelatin in cold water in microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. See pictures 1 and 2.
  2. While gelatin is getting soft, prepare all other ingredients but yogurt and add to a large bowl. See pictures 4 and 5.
  3. Put softened gelatin in microwave on low (or half power) for two minutes. Stir. Keep heating and stirring at one minute intervals until gelatin is dissolved. It will be clear so you can see the spoon through it, as in picture 3.
  4. Pour dissolved gelatin in bowl with other ingredients (except yogurt) and mix well. See picture 6
  5. Stir in the yogurt. (Picture 7)
  6. Pour mixture in a 9" x 13" baking pan or dish. (Picture 8) Spread it evenly over bottom of pan. (Picture 9)
  7. Put in refrigerator to chill until firm. I was able to cut mine into squares after about two hours, but it would have been firmer had I left it longer. Overnight is best.
  8. When ready to serve, cut into ten even squares.

Draining the Tuna

I assume most people know how to best drain canned tuna, but if this is your first time to do it, here are two ways. I used to empty the can into a stainer and press the tuna with a spoon until all the liquid has drained out of it. That's the best way, but I've gotten lazy lately. Now I open the cans and retain the lids. I put the lid over the top and turn the can upside down, being careful to leave almost no space around the edges where the tuna itself could fall out. Then I squeeze and rotate until no more liquid comes out. If you have cats, drain the liquid into a bowl. They love it.

Why I Do Things in This Order

Once you have dissolved the gelatin, it will start to set, even out of the refrigerator. Since squeezing the lemon, chipping the celery and olives, draining the tuna, mincing the onion, and measuring the other ingredients takes some time, it's best to have them ready and in the bowl before you heat the softened gelatin or it might get too thick to mix well.

Making It Easier to Squeeze Lemons

Finishing the Mousse

The easiest part of this is getting it into the pan. Once everything is well mixed, get a good rubber spatula and scape everything into the bowl as shown below. Once it's in the bowl, spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan, cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and "bake" in the refrigerator. I recommend allowing a good four hours or overnight for best results. What's nice is you can make this the night before and have it ready for lunch the next day.

If you want to be fancier, you can put this into individual molds or a large fish shape mold. I'm too lazy to mess with molds, but this will do as well as other gelatin dishes if you want to put it out on a buffet table as a spread on a bed of greens. I think I did that once, years ago, when I entertained more than I do now.

When the mousse is sufficiently chilled, cut it evenly into 10 squares (unless you don't care about the serving sizes matching my nutritional analysis. )

Finishing the Mousse, Illustrated

#8 Pour mixture into pan.
#8 Pour mixture into pan. | Source
#9 Spread mixture evenly in pan.
#9 Spread mixture evenly in pan. | Source

About the Nutritional Analysis

The nutritional analysis does not include everything important. For those watching their sodium, one square of this has 328 mg of sodium. Although there was fiber in this, it was only in the celery, and there was not enough to count, since the chart will not show fractions. There was not enough fiber per serving to round up to 1 g.

When I served this today, we had a green salad on the side which added nutrients and fiber missing in the tuna mousse. We also spread the mousse on whole grain bread, adding more carbohydrates and fiber. I had an orange with it, since I like citrus with fish. It makes a great tuna sandwich, open-faced or between two slices of bread with lettuce and maybe a slice of onion if you like it. Use your imagination and you will find many ways to use this. Most of the time I just eat it straight off the plate with the greens I put it on. It's also good with a crisp leaf of iceberg lettuce wrapped around it.

How I Like to Eat My Tuna Mousse

I like an orange on the side. I also added a few potato chips for added crunch.
I like an orange on the side. I also added a few potato chips for added crunch. | Source
Since my husband likes the mousse on toast, I tried it, too. I'd already taken a bite before remembering to take the picture. It was delicious.
Since my husband likes the mousse on toast, I tried it, too. I'd already taken a bite before remembering to take the picture. It was delicious. | Source

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Square
Calories 234
Calories from Fat189
% Daily Value *
Fat 21 g32%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 27 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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  • WannaB Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    6 years ago from Templeton, CA

    Aways exploring, this will be something new to explore. I love exploring new recipes. Thanks for coming by.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I love tuna. This seems like an excellent recipe. I am going to try it.. Thank's for the share.

  • WannaB Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    6 years ago from Templeton, CA

    glorywriter, I'm amazed by it.

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    glorywriter 

    6 years ago from Planet Earth

    So, you appreciate my speed right? ;)

  • WannaB Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    6 years ago from Templeton, CA

    glorywriter, you must have read this right after I hit publish. I may not even have finished the edits yet. Thanks for making the first comment. I hope you do try this.

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    glorywriter 

    6 years ago from Planet Earth

    A totally complete Hub with everything anyone would need. Wonderful. I'm definitely wanna try this one.

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