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!

Tuna patties

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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They are very easy to make and are ideal for Lent. I normally serve them with a green salad and vegetable soup. My boys like squeezing lime over them and I like them with salsa verde.

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Tuna Patties

Serves 4

  • 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

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.

tuna patties ingredients

Place the rest of breadcrumbs on a plate.

Form small balls with your hands and then flatten 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 and place them into a pan with heated olive oil).

Making a tuna pattie

tuna pattie over breadcrumbs

Add 1/4 cup olive oil to the pan in order to fry, but not deep fry, the patties. When the oil is heated to frying temperature, add the patties to the pan. Generally, it takes about 3-4 minutes on each side. Be careful not to crowd the pan too much, which will cause the patties to steam rather than fry. 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.

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Tortitas de atún
5 from 5 votes

Tuna Patties

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time25 mins

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 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 and place them into a pan with heated olive oil).
  • Add 1/4 cup olive oil to the pan in order to fry, but not deep fry, the patties. When the oil is heated to frying temperature, add the patties to the pan. Generally, it takes about 3-4 minutes on each side. Be careful not to crowd the pan too much, which will cause the patties to steam rather than fry. 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.
Course: Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Silvia

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S. Yissele Gallo
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S. Yissele Gallo

Que ricas recetas! Ya estoy lista para Cuaresma! 😉

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david henry
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david henry

tuna id certainly cheaper than salmon, which is what i used. green pepper and onion.

Sarah Bailey
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Sarah Bailey

Oh my goodness yes please! These sound absolutely delicious, I am a huge fan of anything tuna so definitely need to give these a try.

Brittany
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Brittany

Yum!! I love tuna!!

Dee Jackson
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Dee Jackson

I haven’t heard of tuna patties. These look simple, yummy and healthy

Marian
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Marian

These look and sound amazing! I haven’t made tuna patties in awhile!

Erin Kay
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Erin Kay

Love this Mexican twist on tuna patties. I don’t eat tuna but my husband would love these!

Alicia Taylor
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Alicia Taylor

We love tuna and I have all these ingredients. It’s never occurred to me use potatoes in them like this. I want to try it.

Nikki
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Nikki

Tuna is one of my favourite foods and I eat so much of it when I’m on a health kick. These patties would make the perfect lunch for a bit of a change, I will give them a try. Thanks for the recipe!

Alejandra
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Alejandra

Love the idea!

Cynthia Nicoletti
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Cynthia Nicoletti

I love Tuna but have never made patties. This sounds really good, I am printing your recipe thanks !!

Hannah
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Hannah

I love fish so much so I’m definitely going to have to make these patties!

Kiwi
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Kiwi

Thlis looks super delicious! Yum thanks for the recipe!

Enriqueta Lemoine
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Enriqueta Lemoine

I love tuna and these patties are definitely on my bucket list.

Kate
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Kate

Such a good, quick meal. I love these as sandwiches or by themselves. So good!

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