Tuna Pastels

Tuna Pastels Recipe

Introducing a delectable creation that marries savory flavors and flaky perfection – Tuna Pastels! Elevate your culinary experience with this delightful dish that combines the richness of tuna with a golden, crisp pastry shell. Perfect for a quick and satisfying meal, Tuna Pastels are a testament to the art of fusion cooking.

20 - 25 pastels


The dough

  • 50 g butter
  • 9 dl all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 dl milk
  • 14 g dry yeast or 25 g fresh yeast


  • 2 cans tuna in water - 200 g each
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 dl chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 dl water
  • salt and pepper

Other ingredients

  • Oil for deep frying
  • chili or chipotle mayo for serving



  1. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the eggs. Remove from the heat.
  2. Heat the milk to finger temperature. Add the milk and yeast to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the butter and egg mixture and the flour. Mix until a dough has formed.
  4. Let the dough rest under a kitchen towel for 1 hour.
  5. Drain the tuna from the water.
  6. Finely chop the onion. Core and chop the chili.
  7. In a balti dish or skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and cook the onion for about 3 minutes, then add the chili and cook for 1 more minute. Add the tomato paste, parsley, crumbled stock cube, water, and vinegar. Let it cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin, 2 - 3 mm. Cut about 10 cm circles in the dough. Place a tablespoon of filling on each dough circle.
  9. Brush the edges with a little water, and fold the dough over the filling to so that the edges meet and press them into place using a fork.
  10. In a cast iron balti dish or Dutch oven, heat the oil to 356°F/180°C. Deep fry the pastels for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden. Lift them out and let them dry on paper towels.
  11. Serve with chili or chipotle mayo.

 pastel tuna filling prepared in an enameled cast iron balti dish

pastel dough

tuna filling on the pastels

tuna filling on the pastel dough

tuna pastel


oil for deep frying in a cast iron balti dish

pastels deep frying

pastels on a cast iron baking pan

pastels in a cast iron serving pan

tuna pastel with chipotle mayo


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