served spicy tuna pasta

How to Make an Easy Spicy Tuna Pasta

Welcome to another simple and spicy recipe! This one is on spicy tuna pasta, a great dish that is very easy to make.

To make spicy tuna pasta, simply chop up some vegetables, cook them in a creamy sauce and add the tuna and boiled pasta! Very easy and only takes 20 minutes to make.

This spicy tuna pasta is really a great dish if you want a fish pasta with some spicy flavor. The spicy tuna implemented in general is super delicious and also very common in sushi, salads or on a sandwich. This is a very easy recipe, quite cheap and really great in taste. Let’s get started:

Step 1: Choose the ingredients

As always, I’ve chosen a bunch of ingredients and spices that are one of my favorites and are what I think a great combination with the main aspect of the recipe: the spicy tuna. Below I’ll give you a list of what I chose, along with the consideration of why and how you can experiment with deviations from this recipe. Be sure to try to create your own version!

served spicy tuna pasta

Spicy Tuna Pasta

Quick and easy spicy tuna pasta! Get this delicious dish on the table in 20 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 447 kcal


  • 500 g penne pasta
  • 250 g tuna
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium red onion
  • 100 g black olives
  • 200 g creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • chili flakes to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Boil pasta and cook the sauce
  • Serve the spicy tuna pasta
Keyword Spicy Tuna Pasta

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

If you just want the recipe I’ve made and are not interested in the details of coming up with such a recipe, skip this part. I’ll walk through every ingredient and spice and teach you what the consequence of using them will be.

Main ingredients

To begin with the pasta penne and tuna, the pasta penne is just my favorite but feel free to swap this out with any pasta shape or grain type. Even noodles will work very nicely I imagine. I mostly use whole grain ingredients like the pasta for the sake of health.

For the tuna, I’ve chosen the canned tuna from a budget perspective. Also adding fresh tuna steak to a sauce sure can be nice, but I would really try to focus the dish primarily on the tuna steak when it comes to taste and structure.

Where I live the tuna steaks are very expensive so I’ll make sure to really taste the tuna well when I do buy it. Let me know if you’re interested in such a recipe!


As I’ve done many times in this blog, the garlic and red onion are implemented as a base ingredients for flavoring the sauce. Giving it texture and a bit of color from the red onion.

Try experimenting with the type of onion to see the consequences in taste and color! Also consider cutting the onion finely, in half rings or in larger pieces to get a good view on how this influences the structure of the dish.

The black olives are just a really nice addition to this dish in regards to flavor, texture and color. You don’t have to use a lot of them but they sure boost this recipe immensely! You can vary to different types of olives, different cuts or uncut, seed or seedless, the possibilities are endless.

And of course swap out the olives for your favorite vegetable or even nut if you feel like it, just try it out and see what works for you and the people you cook for.

I imagine cherry tomatoes (like always) are a great addition or substitute for the olives in this dish, it just works so well in a pasta!

Sauce and spices

The creme fraiche and the sriracha sauce make a really great and easy sauce for the tuna to get integrated in. This will create the spiciness so add an amount of sriracha to your liking!

The creme fraiche really makes the sauce creamy and smooth. Of course you can use less or more of it to consider health or to make the sauce more creamy, it’s up to you.

To supplement on the taste, I’ve chosen these five spices to complete the palate. Like always the salt and pepper boost the flavor amazingly and since the tuna fish is not super salty in taste it’s ok to add more salt yourself. Do keep in mind your health when you add salt to your dishes!

Lastly, the smoked paprika powder, chili powder of which you can find the recipe here, and chili flakes to really spice up the tuna! It adds a spicy and smoked flavor to your recipe and implements a super nice color! The visual before and after spices is just to good not to use.

Let’s continue with the steps you need to take to finish this spicy tuna pasta!

Step 2: Chopping the ingredients

For this recipe I like to chop the garlic finely and the red onion in half rings, as thin as possible!

This is a major feature of the dish, to make the structure super nice. I really like thin half rings of red onion so be sure to practice the skill of cutting very thin pieces, it just makes this recipe (and others) so much more nice. I’m not the biggest fan of garlic presses so I don’t use them, do so if you prefer them.

Next to that I half the black olives, or use chopped store bought, and for this recipe that’s it! This is why this recipe is so easy as it requires so little cutting!

Half ring onion

Step 3: Cooking the sauce and pasta

Start with a pan of water on high heat, a royal splash of olive oil and quite some salt and bring to a boil. Alternatively use your kettle to preheat the water, this might be quicker depending on your stove.

In parallel start by heating some olive oil in a cooking or sauce pan on medium-high heat. Add a piece of onion or garlic to you can see once the oil is hot enough. Bubbles will come off the piece! 

Onion and garlic

Once hot, add the garlic and onion and stir each 30-45 seconds or when a new ingredient is added, one or two minutes later add the tuna, creme fraiche and olives. Stir and add the sriracha sauce and the spices, stir well to integrate. Look at the change in color below!

Unspiced sauce

Go to a medium heat (you should see bubbling gently) and let sit for a few minutes before stirring again. Have a taste and add spices or sriracha if needed. Be sure to do this to develop your palate, even in you don’t know what you are doing!

Sauce spicing
Spiced sauce

Step 4: Combining and eating!

At this time, the pasta should be cooked al dente, remember that cooking a minute or two less than advised on the packaging should get the desired result. Be sure to validate with the type of pasta you use!

Add some of the water from the pasta to the sauce and stir, remove the rest of the boiling water and add the pasta to the sauce.

cooked spicy tuna pasta

Stir well, turn off the heat and cover if you need some time before you can serve. Serve and enjoy while hot! I hope you will like this recipe, be sure to drop me a questions if you have any!

served spicy tuna pasta

If you like this spicy recipe, be sure to check out my other ones!

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