Tuna Peaches (Pêches au thon)

Tuna peaches, or Pêches au thon in French, are a popular summer dish for families in Belgium. You will fall hard for this surprising combination of canned peaches and tuna salad!

Pêches au thon, which translates to tuna peaches, is a beloved childhood favourite for many Belgians. It is perfect for a quick and healthy summer lunch for the whole family. You can create a fresh, sweet and salty meal with just seven ingredients and 10 minutes of your precious time. When I first heard about it, I was skeptical about this combination of ingredients, but I dare you to try it—this fresh dish will become an everyday go-to lunch or starter!

Tuna Peaches

Origin

This sweet and salty dish originated in Belgium during the ’50s – ’60s, coinciding with the rise of canned foods. It offered an easy way to enjoy exotic and off-season fruits year-round. Also, symbolizing the start of feminism in Belgium, it gave working moms a quick and easy way to feed their families. Still popular today, this dish is one of the top classic Belgian dishes on Wikipedia and was even transformed into a refined gourmet version on Top Chef.

Sweet and Salty

Pêches au thon

This combination might be odd for some, but you’ll love it if you are adventurous enough to try it! It’s a dynamic duo of sweet and salty, and some recipes don’t use paprika, but others do. For my part, I’ve used a spicy paprika. I think this touch of spice is just fantastic with the sweet peach. However, this is up to you. Most traditional recipes contain sweet paprika or nothing, so this is up to you. You can use any mildly spicy chilli pepper powder: spicy paprika, Chipotle, Espelette, Kashmiri, Piri Piri, etc.

A Picnic or Camping Dish

This dish is eaten cold and, therefore, easy to make outdoors. It is a lifesaver for the whole family while camping or on a picnic; there is no need to cut or refrigerate anything. The kids will ask for more!

Variations

Pêches au thon

As previously mentioned, some Tuna Peaches recipes use paprika; others do not. In my case, I’ve used a spicy type of paprika, which I think highlights the dish. It’s not spicy per se; it just gives it a little sharpness. The type of canned tuna could be in water, but I always prefer olive oil-preserved tuna. But it’s up to you to make this choice. If you want to learn more about finding the best sustainable tuna for your family and more information, check out this link! You could also use chive, parsley, a little paprika sprinkle, or nothing at all for the topping.

Other Summer Dishes

Tuna Peaches

Tuna Peaches (Pêches au thon)

This summer, try this easy Tuna Peaches dish, called Pêches au thon. It's a beloved Belgian classical dish for the whole family: conserved peaches filled with a simple tuna salad—so refreshing!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Belgian, Keto, Low-carb, Plant based
Keyword: cold, easy lunch, fish, fruit salad, healthy, peaches, peches au thon, summer, tuna
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 200 g canned tuna in olive oil
  • 400 g conserved peaches
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp paprika sweet or spicy
  • ½ handful chives
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Add the tuna, mayonnaise, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix.
  • Add on top of conserved peaches and top with chives.

Video

Notes

This dish is served cold with fries, salad or veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Peaches (Pêches au thon)
Amount per Serving
Calories
160
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
22
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
190
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
219
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
508
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
15
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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