Traditional Maltese recipe: Tuna ftira

Tuna ftira

Typically known as Ħobż biż-żejt, which translates as "bread with oil" this traditional Maltese snack is much more than that and is enjoyed by locals as a snack at any time of day. Thick slices of crusty Maltese bread are spread with kunserva, a sweet tomato paste, and topped with all the lovely fruits of the Mediterranean: capers, olives, onions, broad beans, tuna, ġbejna (goat's cheese)... your imagination is the limit. 

Preparation time: 5 min

Total time: 5 min



  • Dense, crusty ftira bread or sliced Maltese bread
  • Good quality tomato paste (known locally as kunserva)
  • Capers to taste, chopped
  • Olives to taste, chopped
  • Onions to taste, chopped
  • Garlic to taste, chopped
  • 1 (160 g) can Elite tuna in sunflower oil, drained
  • Ġbejna (optional) 
  • Broad beans (optional)
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • Flat leaf parsley leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cut the ftira portion in half and spread tomato paste.
  2. Sprinkle capers, olives, onions, garlic, tuna, ġbejna and broad beans as desired.
  3. Season with freshly ground pepper and sea salt; be aware that capers are already very salty to taste and sometimes no additional salt is required.
  4. Finally sprinkle with parsley and drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil.

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