Lime & Pepper Tuna (or Salmon) on Toast

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This no-cook delight is decidedly filling and ready in 10 minutes flat.
lime and pepper tuna or salmon on toast recipe: lime and pepper tuna on toast with half a lime
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You can never have too many no-cook recipes in your back pocket, especially ones that are packed with protein and made with minimal ingredients. Take it from us: You’ll want to move the lime and pepper tuna (or salmon) on toast from Yasmin Fahr’s new cookbook, Cook Simply, Live Fully, to the top of your list.

“I have been eating tuna this way since my early twenties,” writes Fahr, “as it’s so easy, and the addition of lime and pepper gives it a little kick, so I feel like I’m eating something fresher than canned fish. If you’re using fish packed in oil, I would still shake off the excess oil and taste before adding more, as a little bit of fresh oil can add some bright flavor notes to the dish.”

Given the minimal ingredients, using both high-quality seafood and olive oil makes a significant impact here. You can also substitute dried herbs in a pinch, but fresh cilantro, parsley or basil will make the dish taste and look more delicious.

From the book COOK SIMPLY, LIVE FULLY: Flexible, Flavorful Recipes for Any Mood (Copyright © 2024 by Yasmin Fahr). Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.


Two 4-ounce cans tuna or salmon in water or oil

1 lime, halved

½ small spoonful Dijon mustard (optional)

Freshly ground black pepper

Flaky sea salt

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 to 2 sprigs cilantro, parsley or basil, leaves and tender stems, gently torn (optional)

Lightly toasted bread or crackers, for serving


1. In the bowl you plan to eat out of, add the tuna. Add half of the lime, the mustard and three to four grinds of black pepper. Mix to combine, breaking up the fish into large chunks.

2. Top with a pinch of flaky salt, a drizzle of olive oil and the herbs. Adjust the seasoning with more lime juice as needed. Spread on toasted bread or crackers.

Nutrition Facts
  • 249 calories

  • 9g fat

  • 18g carbs

  • 25g protein

  • 2g sugars

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