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How To Make Tuna Cakes From Canned Tuna

Enjoy canned tuna or have a lot of it on-hand? Change it up and learn how to make warm and satisfying Tuna Cakes recipe which are rather similar to crab cakes and the best part? They are quick and easy!

Tuna Cakes Recipe

Elevate your canned tuna game and try making these easy Tuna Cakes.  Enjoy them alone with tartar sauce or aioli, atop a salad, on a bed of arugula (my favorite way), or as a sandwich. You most likely have the ingredients on-hand to make this recipe and you can have it on the table in 20 minutes or less.


Optional add-ins:

Tips for Success When Making Tuna Patties / Cakes

Serve these with tartar sauce, a simple lemon, and herb aioli or a vinaigrette like a lemon vinaigrette or even Greek salad dressing.


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Easy Tuna Cakes

Easy Tuna Cakes

Make a nice dinner using a simple can of tuna fish. This easy recipe for Tuna Cakes can be made in 20 minutes or less I good alone, atop a salad or as a sandwich on a soft roll..
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword How To Make Tuna Cakes,, Tuna Cakes Recipe, Tuna Patties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Servings 4 people
Calories 335kcal


  • 10 ounce tuna fish one large can or two small
  • 2 large egg yolk or two smaller yolks
  • 2 TBS sliced scallions
  • TBS shredded onion
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs more if needed
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • olive oil for frying


  • Drain tuna, be sure to get as much liquid from the tuna as you can.
  • Combine all ingredients except oil in a mixing bowl and using your hands combine mixture and then form into 5-6 patties.
  • Heat a non-stick pan or skillet, add oil. Once oil is hot (but not smoking) gently add tuna cakes. Do not crowd them (depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook in batches). Cook cakes until browned and crisp, flip gently and repeat.


Note 1: I use fresh breadcrumbs for this recipe (from French bread) however you can substitute dry breadcrumbs or panko.
Recipe Variations: Feel free to add in minced jalepenos for heat or green or red peppers for color and texture. You can opt to add in minced celery for texture as well.
Meal Prep: You can make these ahead of time, and store in an airtight container or in wrap in the fridge. Just keep in mind that when you go to cook them they will now be being cooked cold, so you may need a little lower hear and an additional few minutes of cooking time to warm them through.
  • We are not registered dieticians, we do our best to provide the most accurate nutritional values. Any nutritional data we provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes



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