Easy Tuna Patties Recipe

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Easy, fast, tuna patties with potatoes perfect for Lent or any time of the year. The way we made them in Mexico. Try them out!

A tower of three crunchy una patties with a green salad and a slice of lime on the side.

Tuna Patties remind me of my mom. I loved when she made them for me when I was a little girl, and now my boys love them, too. My boys’ little faces light up when they see them on the table.

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Tuna cakes with parsley leaves and green onion pieces on top, next to a green salad on a white plate

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They are effortless to make and are ideal for Lent.

How to Serve Tunna Patties?

I usually serve them with a green salad or soup. Try our pinto bean soup, or creamy squash and carrot soup .

They are also delicious with a squeeze of lime juice, green salsa or red salsa and guacamole on the side.

Can I Make Tuna Cakes Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can. I don’t recommend preparing them more than one day in advance though. My preference is to make them in the morning, cover and leave them in the fridge until ready to fry or bake.

How to Keep Tuna Patties from Falling Appart?

I have two tips to keep these tuna cakes in one piece.

  1. Place the patties in the fridge for 30 minutes before frying. If you are in a rush, put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Don’t move them around in the pan when frying. Place them in the hot oil and wait until they are golden brown to flip them.

If you make these tuna patties, be sure to snap a photo and share it on social media with the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and share it as well.

Tuna patties on top of a white plate

Easy Tuna Patties Recipe

Makes 12 patties

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 3-5 parsley springs or basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs or Panko, divided*
  • 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil, divided

* For gluten-free or keto tuna patties, replace the bread crumbs with 1/2 cup of almond flour.

Equipment

Process

Peel the potatoes cut them into chunks, and put them in a pot of water to cook. When they are cooked, a fork will easily pierce the potatoes, strain them and mash them into a puree.

Add drained tuna, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley or basil, salt, pepper to taste, and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs.

Mix well with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture will be a little wet.

tuna, chopped onion, chopped parsley, bread crumbs and eggs in a glass bowl.

Place the rest of the breadcrumbs on a plate.

Form small balls with your hands and then flatten them into circular patties. Cover both sides of each with bread crumbs

Alternative method: combine the bread crumbs directly into the mixture by adding a little bit at a time until the entire mixture is consistent. Then make the small balls and flatten into circular patties.

A raw tuna cake on top of a hand
raw tuna pattie over breadcrumbs

Add 1/4 cup olive oil to the pan to fry the patties, but not deep fry.

When the oil is at frying temperature, add the patties to the pan. Be careful not to crowd the pan too much, which will cause the cakes to steam rather than fry. Usually, it takes about 3-4 minutes on each side.

They will look golden brown when ready. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spatula and place them on a paper towel to drain extra oil. Change oil when needed.

If you don’t want to fry them, you can spray a baking sheet with olive oil, place the uncooked patties on top, and put them in a pre-heated oven at 350 F (180 C) for 15-20 minutes, flipping the patties halfway through so they can brown on both sides.

Golden tuna patties on a white plate, garnished with green onion and parsley leaves

Enjoy!

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Tortitas de atún
5 from 15 votes

Tuna Patties

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 12 patties
Calories: 186kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 3-5 parsley springs or basil leaves finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs or Panko divided
  • 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil divided

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes, cut them into chunks and put them in a pot of water to cook. When they are cooked, a fork will easily pierce the potatoes, strain them and mash them into a puree.
  • Add drained tuna, eggs, onion, garlic, the parsley or basil, salt, pepper to taste and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. Mix well with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture will be a little wet.
  • Place the rest of breadcrumbs on a plate.
  • Form small balls with your hands and then flatten them into circular patties. Cover both sides of each with bread crumbs. (Alternative method: combine the bread crumbs directly into the mixture by adding a little bit at a time until the entire mixture is consistent. Then make the small balls and flatten into circular patties).
  • Add 1/4 cup olive oil to the pan to fry the patties, but not deep fry.
  • When the oil is at frying temperature, add the patties to the pan. Be careful not to crowd the pan too much, which will cause the cakes to steam rather than fry. Usually, it takes about 3-4 minutes on each side. They will look golden brown when ready. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spatula and place them on a paper towel to drain extra oil. Change oil when needed.
  • If you don’t want to fry them, you can spray a baking sheet with olive oil, place the uncooked patties on top, and place them in a pre-heated oven at 350 F (180 C) for 15-20 minutes, flipping the patties halfway through so they can brown on both sides.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Patties
Amount per Serving
Calories
186
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
37
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
250
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
372
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
78
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
26
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make tuna patties, Recipes for lent, Recipes with canned tuna, recipes with tuna, Show me an easy recipe for chocolate pie
Author: Silvia Martinez

Notes

* For gluten-free or keto tuna patties, replace the bread crumbs with 1/2 cup of almond flour.
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Kayla DiMaggio

5 stars
Loved these tuna patties! So easy and delicious!

Ramona

5 stars
I have made something similar to these recently, but i really want to try these ones out soon! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Jacqueline Debono

5 stars
I’ve made tuna patties in the past but these were the best I’ve had. So easy to make and so tasty!

Erin

I should definitely try these I definitely need to get more fish into our diets and this looks like a great way to do that.

Marie

5 stars
These are so crunchy and delicious! I’m happy to have these for lunch or as a snack!

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