Tuna Empanada Recipe

It's easy to prepare!
Tuna Empanada Recipe

Opt for a tuna version of the classic Pinoy empanada


Tuna Empanada Recipe

Rodney Ramos, Reader Recipe
It's easy to prepare!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes, Snacks/Merienda
Cuisine Filipino, Spanish
Servings 5


Tuna Empanada Ingredients

  • 3 pieces Potatoes
  • 1/2 piece carrot
  • 1/2 Cup green peas
  • 1/2 Cup spring onions chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 187-gram cans Tuna drained
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • cooking oil


  • Start the tuna filling by steaming or boil potatoes for 25 to 30 minutes or until soft. Set aside.
  • Dice carrot into small cubes.
  • In a pan with boiling water, add diced carrots and green peas. Cook for 3 minutes. Once cooked, drain the water.
  • Mash the potatoes in a large bowl.
  • In the same bowl, add spring onions, diced carrots, and green peas.
  • Season with salt, black pepper powder, and oyster sauce.
  • Add tuna. Mix well. Set aside.
  • For the dough, in a bowl, mix flour, salt, egg yolks, butter, baking powder, and cold water until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough for 8 minutes on the kitchen counter.
  • Place the dough in a plastic bag or cover with cling wrap. Let it rest inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, divide the dough into equal pieces. Cut and portion the dough. (If weighing, 30 to 34 grams is small, 45 to 49 grams is medium.)
  • Roll each dough piece into a round shape. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Assemble the empanada by rolling out each dough ball and placing the filling into the center. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges closed. Crimp the edges as desired.
  • Fry in oil until golden brown.
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