8-Minute Paleo Tuna Hotdish

Paleo Tuna Hotdish

Tuna hotdish — one of those strange, nostalgic creations that Minnesotan grandmothers think is really good, but is usually kind of The Worst. It has a bad reputation (or so-bad-it's-good reputation, if I'm being generous), but this healthy and super-fast skillet tuna hotdish is delicious.

I've posted a few of my "go-to" recipes in the past, but this is an extreme go-to. It's not fancy or complicated. It's just food, fast. It's what I make when I don't really want to think about food — like auto-pilot in the kitchen. I always have these ingredients in my freezer and cupboard, and I eat this so much that mercury poisoning might be a real possibility. 


Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free | Serves 1


  • 1 cup chopped frozen broccoli
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, torn (can substitute 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach)
  • one can of tuna packed in olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T capers
  • a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a large non-stick pan on medium-high heat with olive oil, cook the frozen broccoli in one layer for about 5-6 minutes until slightly charred as if you had roasted it in the oven. Stir once or twice so it cooks evenly and doesn't get burned.
  2. Then turn down the heat to medium. Tear up fresh spinach (or use frozen) and add to the pan. Stir.
  3. Then add the tuna with all of its oil, break it up in the pan so the tuna is in tiny pieces.
  4. Add the capers and spices (I sprinkle everything directly into the dish, so those measurements are just an estimate). Cook for another minute or two.
  5. Once the food pile is hot, stir in the lemon juice and check the seasoning levels one more time to make sure everything is to your liking.
  6. Then sprinkle on some Parmesan (optional) and EAT.


  • It's not a deal-breaker if you only have tuna packed in water, but it almost is. Olive oil makes canned tuna so much better, guys. Trust me.
  • Leave out the cheese for full paleo or Whole30.