Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups are portable comfort food for easy holiday entertaining, game days, poker nights, potlucks, open houses,…wherever and whenever you’ve got hungry people to feed!

* This post is in partnership with Genova® Seafood ~ Genova is my pick for great canned tuna, and I thank you for supporting both of us as we work to bring you delicious food.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, an easy hot appetizer ~ image

I have always been, and will always be, a grazer. Appetizers are my favorite section on any menu, and I’m the one hanging out by the cheese plate at parties, small talk be damned, (my mouth is always full, sorry!)   Appetizers get bonus points for being comforting, satisfying, and full of protein, like these versatile little spicy tuna wonton cups. They can provide grab-able munchies for guys watching a game, or elegant finger food for a brunch or shower. Go ahead and eat them all by yourself on the couch, too 😉

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups made with Genova® Tuna ~ image

They’re the latest way I’ve found to enjoy my favorite wild caught canned tuna from Genova. For this recipe I alternate between the albacore and the yellowfin because I can’t decide which I love more. They both have that rich, savory taste that Genova is famous for, without a trace of ‘canned’ flavor. Today’s wontons are stuffed with the most irresistible tuna filling ~ it’s a cross between a tuna salad and a cheesy tuna casserole. The jalapénos are optional, but add a nice kick, I might just add them to all my tuna salads from now on.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups ~ image

I love that the wonton shells are so light and delicate ~ the little squares of dough fit right into the cups of a mini muffin tin, just push them in with your fingers. They’ll form into cute little ruffled edged cups.

TIP: You’ll find wonton wrappers in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, right near the tofu. They’re great to have on hand for everything from JAPANESE DUMPLINGS and POT STICKERS to SOUP AND SALAD.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, an easy hot appetizer for the holidays ~ image

I like to mound the filling in the wonton cups because it will shrink down as it bakes.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, ready for baking ~ image

They come out of the oven nice and golden brown and crisp in just a few minutes, making them perfect for the busy entertaining season.

TIP: Mix up the tuna filling ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator, then just pop the wontons into your muffin pan, fill, and bake when ready.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, just out of the oven ~ image

You’ll need a mini muffin tin for this spicy tuna wonton cups recipe. I prefer the minis because they bake up into bite sized cups that are easy to handle.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, photo

If you like you could bake the wontons separately and fill them with cold tuna salad. That would work well for spring and summer occasions like  showers, brunches, Mother’s Day and Easter, etc.

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups, an easy hot appetizer ~ photo

I like to scarf serve these straight from the oven while the tuna is hot and bubbling. They make a fantastic light meal with a glass of Chardonnay even if you don’t have party plans.

Genova Tuna is tops because it’s:

  • packed in pure olive oil in the healthy Mediterranean tradition, the flavor is incredible.
  • a lean protein, and high in omega 3 fatty acids, selenium, B vitamins and minerals.
  • wild caught, and certified sustainable.  You can feel good about buying and eating it.
  • completely non GMO with no preservatives.
  • comes in super handy pop top cans.
  • has a special code on each can so you can trace your tuna  ~ you’ll find out the species, where it was caught, what fishing method was used, and where it was canned. Pretty cool.

spicy tuna wonton cups in a mini muffin pan
4.43 from 7 votes

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups

Course Appetizer
Author Sue Moran


  • 18 wonton wrappers

tuna filling

  • 5 ounce can of Genova® Albacore or Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/3 cup minced celery
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 jalapéno minced, seeds and all (leave out seeds and veins for less heat)
  • 2/3 cup finely shredded cheese I used sharp white and yellow cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh dill or more if you love it. Substitute 1/2 tsp, or to taste, dried dill.
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Blend all the tuna filling ingredients together in a bowl, and taste to adjust the seasonings.
  • Fit the wonton wrappers into the wells of a mini muffin pan. Be sure to get the dough completely into the wells, and along the sides of the muffin cups. You'll need 2 pans, or you can bake the last few cups after the first 12.
  • Fill each wonton cup with the tuna mixture, slightly mounding it up, because it will shrink down as it bakes. Lay a sheet of foil or parchment paper loosely over the pan, but don't crimp it down. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the wonton wrappers are golden browned and the tuna is bubbling. The exact time will depend on your pan and your oven.
  • Serve piping hot.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Don’t like dill? Try tarragon or parsley.
  • Make these extra cheesy and sprinkle on more just before baking.
  • Speaking of cheese, I think pepper jack cheese would work great in place of the cheddar if you’re into the heat.
  • Bake the wonton cups ahead of time and fill with your favorite Genova tuna salad recipe.


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  • Reply
    mary l fischer
    March 22, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Can you use regular size muffin tins?

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    December 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I cannot take pepper heat yet LOVE wasabi/horseradish heat. These were delicious!

    • Reply
      December 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

      It’s amazing what a little bit of spice can do 🙂

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    December 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    We love Genova tuna!! These look like perfect holiday bites!

  • Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This is such a creative way to enjoy tuna! I could honestly make a meal of these cups!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Susan, these are so creative!! I need to try that tuna!! Looks so good!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Appetizers are my favorite too. That is my favorite tuna!!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking
    December 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Yum!! Count me in — for the ones with the most tuna and jalapeños! LOVE fish, especially when it doesn’t have that “canned” flavor! And I’m always up for a good spicy kick. 🙂 These look amazing!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    December 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I LOVE Geneva tuna! These bites are so perfect for entertaining!

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    December 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I’m always looking for more appetizer recipes, and this one looks so yummy! I’d love to make these for upcoming holiday parties. They look impressive!

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Whoa! Smart thinking,. What a great appetizer and I love the spicy.

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Hi Sue, this really presents tuna at its best as an appetizer – such a nice recipe! What could I use in place of wonton cups? Could you suggest an alternative? Thank you!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Let’s see, you could use ready made or homemade phyllo dough, puff pastry, or even regular pie crust dough. The only thing would be figuring out the cooking/timing method so the cups and the filling get cooked through without burning or sogginess.

      • Reply
        December 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        Thank you, thank you; will go for the phyllo pastry first, as I know it best and monitor the time. <3

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 11, 2017 at 9:02 am

    What perfect little bites and so great for entertaining. That tuna sounds wonderful 🙂

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 9:40 am

      With tuna of this quality you can do so much more with it 🙂

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    December 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    These look like some awesome little appetizers.

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Loving these, and yes, I’m a grazer, too. Great idea. (And love your call on the Chardonnay.)

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I was just thinking of serving up seafood wanton cups this holiday season! I think they will make for a perfect appetizer…these look delicious, Sue! xo, Catherine

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

      These take canned tuna to a whole new level, Catherine, they really are delish!!

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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    December 11, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Genova is seriously the only tuna we’ve been buying for a while! Saving this recipe to try!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 8:26 am

      It’s spoiled me for all other tuna, seriously!

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 7:22 am

    The touch of jalapeno really makes this for me. This is a great, unique, easy holiday appetizer idea.

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Guy ~ I really loved the heat in these, more than I would have thought…is there anything that a jalapeño doesn’t improve?

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Such a fun use of wonton wrappers! Easy to prepare yet so stunning !

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Those little guys are so versatile, I try to keep them around at all times.

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 11, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Yummy! I’m afraid these would be dinner once I took the first bite. But that wouldn’t be such a bad idea. They look amazing and I love that you used wonton wrappers.

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 7:46 am

      They were totally dinner here, couldn’t wait for the photo shoot to end 😉

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 11, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I love that you baked the tuna with the cups – a warm tuna appetizer sounds fantastic and such a nice change from cold tuna salad. These really look good, and the perfect bite for gatherings. Sharing and pinning!

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