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Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes, A Quick and Easy Italian Recipe

Updated on September 5, 2012
5 stars from 7 ratings of Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

This is a fantastic summer snack or lunch. There are two options for preparing the tomatoes. Slightly roast them for a warm robust flavor, great for lunch or brunch. Leave them uncooked for a fresh addition to a summer picnic. For me both are equally delicious and they disappear fast.

Keep in mind that the cook time is eliminated if you choose not to roast the tomatoes. Plus a shortcut would be to use store-bought olive oil mayonnaise. So if you didn't roast the tomatoes and bought your mayonnaise then you could pull this recipe together in about 5 minutes!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people, 2 halves per person

If you choose to buy the mayonnaise then I would recommend the olive oil variety. Measure out 1/3-1/2 cup of mayonnaise and add the lemon juice and zest. Use this in place of the recipe's mayonnaise.

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1- 4-5 ounce can tuna
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sun-dried tomato strips, optional garnish
  • fresh basil leaves, optional garnish
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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400'F. Cut your tomatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out all the pulp.
  2. Spread about a teaspoon of sun dried tomato paste all over the inside of each tomato half.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet and roast for about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool while you make the mayonnaise. If not making mayonnaise let them cool 5-10 minutes before filling. Remember, you can skip this roasting step completely for an equally yummy outcome.
  4. In a food processor blend together the egg yolks, lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth. With the food processor still running slowly add the olive oil. Stop beating as soon as the mayonnaise thickens.
  5. Add the tuna to the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the tomato shells and garnish with sun dried tomato strips and basil if desired. Serve as is, cold or return to the oven for a few minutes then serve.

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    • Mama Kim 8 profile image
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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Arielqiao! I'm so happy you like the idea ^_^ Enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Abby!! I'm so happy you think so!! Oh I'm being showered by your lovely votes, thank you ^_^

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      Abby 4 years ago from Ireland

      These taste absolutely delicious! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome :D

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Sam! Your comment and votes are greatly appreciated ^_^

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Mama Kim, this sounds delicious and I like your tips on the substitution with salmon or chicken!

      Voted Useful and thumbs up!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      dwachira Thank you so much for your nice comment and votes!! I hope you enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Sharkye, Thank you ^_^ Making your own mayo is surprisingly easy! Add a little lemon, dill and relish and you have tartar sauce!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Your Cousins, Thank you so much for your comment and vote ^_^ I use Roma tomatoes way more than any other variety... they come in handy for so much of my Italian cooking. As for bell peppers... I don't have a hub for it.. But my favorite way to prepare them is similar to this...

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/...

      Only I use ground turkey instead of beef or pork and I add a packet or two of taco seasoning instead of the parsley/garlic/salt/pepper Hope this helps ^_^ Enjoy your yummy produce!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Meldz, Thank you for your comment and votes ^_^ This is one of my favorite ways to eat fresh tomatoes, I hope you like it too ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Tammy ^_^ Thank you! The two separate are delicious and they come together surprisingly well ^_^ Enjoy!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great, i would like to try the Tuna stuffed tomatoes recipe, looks delicious plus i love tomatoes in meals. Voted up and useful.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Delicious sounding recipe! I like the idea of making the mayonnaise. That old be great for a lot of other recipes too. Thanks for sharing!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I don't usually buy Roma tomatoes, but I bought some yesterday because they looked so good. Now I know what I can do with them. Do you have any recipes for the bell peppers that I bought? Thanks for the hub, voted up!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I am learning to love eating tomatoes. Your recipe looks delicious and easy to prepare. This is healthy too.

      Voted up and more!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! This is fabulous. I love tomatoes and tuna salad. This is something I would make. Love it!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Well Deborah, You are my number 1 fan today ^_^ Thank you so very much for all the wonderful support ^_^

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love your recipe.. I love tomatoes.. I am sharing again..

      debbie

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      James, You are too kind ^_^ and a wonderful hub-friend. Thank you!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Susan, Thank you so much ^_^ I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      LL Woodard, I'm so happy to have met someone who also has fond memories of this snack as a child ^_^ You wouldn't happen to be Italian also? I think you'll be very happy with the roasted version ^_^

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This sounds and looks like a tasty combination Mama Kim. Love this recipe and the ingredients. Voted up, shared, awesome, useful, and interesting :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds delicious! Another one of your recipes that I can't wait to try.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for reminding me of a fave I enjoyed as a youngster, but haven't had in years. I'm going to try the roasted tomato version very soon.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Brett! Your comment is very generous ^_^ Italians can be pretty creative with food, this is something I used to eat as a kid.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      What an unusual idea, but such an easy to create one and tasty too!! Bookmarking this one.

      Shared with followers, up, interesting and pinned.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you BJC! Enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Peggy, You must be an experienced cook yourself to notice the sun dried tomato paste complimenting the roasting ^_^ Your very generous comment/votes/shares are all greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Thelma! It's a winning combination ^_^ I hope you enjoy and thank you so much for sharing and pinning!

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      BJC 4 years ago from Florida

      This sounds really yummy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! This sounds delicious! The addition of the tomato paste and then roasting the tomato would intensify the already good flavor. Sounds like a combination that we will enjoy eating for many a day to come. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Up, useful, tweeted, shared with HP followers and you have another 5 stars on this good and easy recipe.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Wow! One of my favorites. I love both tuna and tomatoes. I´ll try this later. Thanks for sharing. Shared and pinned!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Michelle ^_^ I'm glad you like it! Your comment and pin are greatly appreciated!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Another recipe for pinning!! Thanks Kim, these look so deliciously wonderful to make. Thanks for the share!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Alicia, Thank you for such a wonderful comment ^_^ I still buy my mayonnaise half the time too. The store bought olive oil mayo works great for this recipe ^_^

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for another great recipe, Sasha! I love any form of cooked tomato, and I enjoy eating tuna, so this recipe sounds ideal for me. I must admit that if I'm going to eat mayonnaise I buy it in a store instead of making it myself. I'm very interested in trying your homemade version!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Teaches, Well... that just made my day ^_^ Thank you so much for your kind words. I can see why tomatoes are your favorite... They're in my top few as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sasha, this is a great recipe and one that I truly love! Tomatoes are my favorite veggie and coupled with tuna, it will be a wonderful meal! Homemade mayo is going to be on my list to do as well. Great share!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Shelley, Aww so sweet and generous, thank you ^_^ I do hope you enjoy! Let me know how they turn out... and which cooking method you chose.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Starstream, Thank you ^_^ You live in the US... so yes raw eggs are safe. When I was pregnant I had a fierce craving for several things that called for undercooked egg. I did a ton of research and these are the key points I found... don't quote the exacts, It's been a year but heres the jist of it.

      For an egg to be "contaminated" the US its something like 1 in 30,000

      The contamination is never ever IN the egg, its on the shell... So even if you happen to have that 1 in 30,000 you can counter it by washing the outside of the egg with soap and water before cracking and using the egg.

      Sooo.... now whenever I make something that calls for undercooked or raw egg I always wash the eggs first ^_^ Hope this helps...

      Your comment and question were fantastic, thank you ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Vespa, Lovely lovely comment, thank you ^_^ I too love homemade mayonnaise.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Again you have my mouthwatering. I am looking forward to making this over the weekend - voted up, useful and 5*

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      There she is again cooking more tasty recipies! I do have a question about making mayonnaise. I haven't made my own yet because I worry about using raw egg yolk. Is raw egg safe?

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      There's nothing like fresh tomatoes, and I love homemade mayonnaise. Your olive oil mayo sounds divine! Thanks so much for a simple and quick but delicious recipe. : ) Voted up!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mhatter, Hmmm... my husband says your mind is in the gutter... I don't get it :/ You're mind is so interesting I would pay good money to read a printout of even an hours worth of thoughts ^_^ Thank you for dropping in and leaving a nice (I think...) comment ^_^

      Jackie, MMm... That sounds yummy ^_^ I usually have a grilled cheese and pesto sandwich with my tomato soup... but tuna salad sounds wonderful as well ^_^ Thank you for the lovely comment!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Julie, Wonderful to hear from you ^_^ This is certainly a great way to use up all the garden tomatoes that are abundant this time of year ^_^ I love to make and can salsa's and sauces as well. Enjoy! Thank you for commenting!

      Breathing, I'm so happy you like the recipe ^_^ Tomatoes are truly wonderful and versatile. I hope you like them!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love tomato soup with tuna salad sandwiches so I bet this really would be very good.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Tuna... my mind is now abuzz with ideas, thanks to you. For now I should just try the tuna. :-)

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      Sajib 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      This is nice good-looking recipe. I think it is delicious. I like any kind of tomato related recipe.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      We are overrun with tomatoes, so this will be great. Thank you!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Carter! Your comment and votes are greatly appreciated ^_^ Enjoy!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      These look fantastic and super healthy...will have to try them, thanks for sharing...lots of votes

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Jenn-Anne ^_^ I hope you do, and enjoy ^_^

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious! I will have to give this recipe a try!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Janine, Thank you so much, your comments are fantastic ^_^ Do you like salmon? it can be easily substituted... or even chicken would be very yummy.

      nmdonders, Thank you! Your comment is greatly appreciated ^_^ I hope you do try and enjoy!

      Bill, Leave it to you to wiggle your way out of eating a vegetable! lol ^_^ Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So I love tuna and hate tomatoes...I'll give my tomatoes to Janine and she can give me her tuna and we'll both be happy.

      Good job Sasha!

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Those look really good. I would have never thought of doing something like this. I'll definitely save this so I can try it. Cool idea and great job!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I am not a fan of Tuna, but my husband is and loves tomatoes too, so I am pinnin this one for him. Thanks MamaKim :). Have voted and shared too!