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Easy Tuna Patties

Cuisine: Seafood
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Patties
Calories: 114 kcal

We 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.



  • 3 cans albacore tuna , (5 ounce-142g cans) drained
  • 2-3 large eggs *see note above
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 stalk celery , finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano, dill, basil, thyme or any combo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt , or to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil , for frying (or more if needed)
  • (optional for serving) tarter sauce, mayo, ranch, lemon slices


  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Fry both sides of the tuna patties until they are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Serve with sauces and/or lemon slices.

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Recipe Notes

  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.