Smoked Tuna Patagonia Style

Smoked Tuna

Preparation Time:  15-20 minutes

Difficulty:  Easy

When I visited Patagonia, a guy from Israel was Couchsurfing at the same place as me.

One day, he showed us how to prepare super delicious smoked tuna by yourself, with just a lighter and toilet paper.

(Please notice that burning bleached paper can produce toxic gases and probably it´s not the healthiest way of preparing a fish. But nowadays, our food is full of antibiotics, preservatives and other food additives so I personally really don´t care that much, especially while camping. But it´s up to you!)


1 can of Tuna in Olive Oil (don’t take the cheapest one)

4 layers of toilet paper

I lighter

First, you have to open the can.  Tip a little bit of the oil out. 

Now for the most difficult part:

  1. Fold the 4 layers of toilet paper together, so that they fit on the can.
  2. Put them on top of the tuna while burning the toilet paper from all sides
  3. Press a little bit in the middle so that the toilet paper absorbs  some of the oil into it.

If you did well, the toilet paper should burn for 20-30 minutes, like a candle.

You should slack the fire, before all the oil is gone and avoid the tuna becoming overlooked and dry, depending on the size of the can, check after 15-20 minutes.

If you’re in the wilderness, at that time, you can chill a bit and make an easy fire with just putting the can in the middle of your fireplace and put stack some  firewood on top of it, like an American  Indian tipi 😉

You can slack the fire, by putting the lid of the can on the tuna.  Afterwards, you remove the burned black toilet paper and……tadaaaa……you have your self made smoked tuna.

Now you can make some delicious smoked tuna pasta with cheese or tomato sauce or a really nice spread with just mixing 500 grams of mayonnaise, smoked tuna, pepper and capers.


Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile



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