Wow, if you like tuna you’re going to love this super easy tuna patty recipe! Everyone in the kitchen devoured these tuna fish patties before we could even try them in a sandwich. The crispy outside with flavorful, tender and moist inside is a fantastic meal.

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How to Make Tuna Fish Patties

  • The spices and other veggies added to the tuna makes these so flavorful. Customize the flavors with your own favorite seasonings.
  • Don’t make the patties too thick or else they take too long to cook. Press them down on the pan so they can be flatter and quicker to cook.
  • Crisping them on the skillet makes the outside crust amazing and crispy.
  • We love using albacore tuna. The quality and flavor of albacore tuna is fantastic.
  • Dip these in ranch or your favorite aioli.
  • It’s a low carb delicious salad with plenty of protein. And if you’re a seafood lover, these patties also make a great sandwich! These tuna patties are paleo and perfect for the Keto diet or paleon diet. They are also the perfect tuna recipe for the pescatarian diet!

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How to Make Tuna Patties Recipe step by step

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How to Serve Tuna Patties

  • It can be a great low carb snack. For the most low carb keto version, use crushed pork rinds or almond flour instead of panko or regular breadcrumbs.
  • Super fresh when added to a salad. Just prepare a bowl of fresh lettuce, some chopped cucumbers and a few of these patties on top.
  • Hearty meal when served in a sandwich or burger.
  • These are also great when served in a tortilla as a wrap.
  • We love making these in burgers for an alternative to eating red meat. The flavors of these patties are so great and there’s so many different ways to serve it.

Tuna Fish Cakes Recipe or Tuna Fish Patties?

Someone asked us if these are the same recipe Yes, they’re basically the same concept where both are patties of minced or chopped fish that are made into a patty and then fried. Sometimes they’re baked in the oven. So sure, you can definitely call these tuna fish cakes if you want. We call them delicious!

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Easy Tuna Patties

We love the texture of the canned albacore tuna the best for this recipe. Try to avoid the canned tunas which are very mushy.
The amount of egg will vary depending on the dryness of your tuna and the absorption of the bread crumbs or panko. If you are unsure, start with 2 eggs, and if the mixture seems too dry to easily form into patties, add a 3rd egg.
For keto, use crushed pork rinds or almond flour instead of panko and regular bread crumbs.
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  • 3 cans (3 cans) albacore tuna , (5 ounce-142g cans) drained
  • 2-3 large (2 large) eggs *see note above
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) panko or regular bread crumbs (keto version with crushed pork rinds or almond flour)
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 stalk (1 stalk ) celery , finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried herbs (oregano, dill, basil, thyme or any combo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Kosher salt , or to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Olive oil , for frying (or more if needed)
  • (optional for serving) tarter sauce, mayo, ranch, lemon slices


  • In a bowl, combine the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, panko or bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, celery, onion, garlic powder, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to make sure everything is combined. Gently fold in the tuna until just combined.
  • Shape the tuna mixture into patties about 2-inches (5cm) wide x 1/2-inch thick (1.25cm). If patties are too soft to handle, chill them for at about 1 hour or until firm. This will make them easier to handle during frying.
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Fry both sides of the tuna patties until they are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
    Serve with sauces and/or lemon slices.


  1. Easy substitutions: Crushed saltines or other savory cracker for the bread crumbs. Fresh herbs for the dried herbs. Shallots or green onions for the onions. 


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 281mg, Potassium: 135mg, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 0.8mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2016 and re-published in 2021 with updated notes. If you love tuna, try this great tuna bruschetta recipe with spinach. It’s a great appetizer!