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Tuna Caper Pasta

  • Type: Dinner
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
Pole & Line Yellowfin Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil
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Tuna Caper Pasta Recipe



  • ½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs 
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 4 TB olive oil or neutral oil 
  • 2 tsp of fresh chopped parsley and/or basil
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper 
  • 1 clove or garlic finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • 1 lb of long pasta (spaghetti, linguini, bucatini or favorite GF pasta) – cooked as directed 
  • ½ cup of reserved pasta water 
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely minced 
  • 4 anchovy filets, finely chopped 
  • 2 TB capers chopped 
  • 1 small shallot finely diced 
  • 2 jars of Tonnino Yellow Fin Tuna in Olive Oil, drained
  • ½ cup of fresh chopped herbs (parsley, basil) 
  • Lemon 
  • 3 TB of olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper


For Breadcrumbs

  • In large skillet on medium heat add oil and sauté garlic for one minute until fragrant 
  • Add crushed red pepper and sauté additional minute
  • Add panko and evenly coat with oil garlic pepper mixture continue to sauté over medium heat until panko is slightly toasted and golden brown. Pull from heat, season with salt and pepper and add in fresh herbs and lemon zest. Set aside 


For Pasta

  •  Salt pasta water and bring to boil, cook pasta as directed to al dente and reserve ½ cup of pasta water at the end of the cooking process

(While pasta water is boiling/pasta is cooking) 

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat add 3 TB of olive oil, shallot and garlic. Sauté until fragrant   
  • Add anchovy and sauté for 2 -3 minutes almost melting into the mixture 
  • Add capers, pinch of salt and pepper and fresh herbs sauté for additional minute and then add in reserved pasta water and simmer for 2 minutes until slightly reduced. Add cooked pasta into skillet and mix everything together and cook for an additional 2 minutes to reduce pasta water further and allow pasta to soak in everything 
  • Turn off heat and add in fresh herbs, tuna and toss together
  • Finish dish with generous sprinkle of breadcrumb mixture

Recipe Notes

If you like it spicy add additional crushed red pepper and to brighten the dish up even further add a squeeze of fresh lemon 


This dish is great when served with your favorite green salad

Storage Instructions

Breadcrumbs can be store for 3 days in a sealed container in pantry. Great sprinkled on top of pizza, salads and any other pasta dishes!

Tasting Notes

Spicy, Briny and Delicious!

Ingredient Notes

Instead of additional olive oil, for more flavor use the olive oil from Tuna in place of olive oil listed in recipe.

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