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How to Make Tuna Patties

These tuna patties are a delicious and budget friendly meal that doesn’t take long to make and that the whole family will love! Serve them on a bed of lettuce or eat them on buns. However you choose they are yummy!

tuna patty on a bed of lettuce on a red plate

I always make sure to have canned tuna in my cabinet. Tuna all by itself is a quick and easy snack.

It’s also good in tuna tacos, tuna empanadas and tuna macaroni and cheese.

Tuna patty ingredients and instructions

  • 17 oz canned tuna (drained)
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 5 tbs italian bread crumbs
  • black pepper (a few cracks)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • oil

Put all of the above ingredients except for the oil in a large mixing bowl.

tuna patty ingredients in a bowl

Mix the ingredients together with your hand until it is well combined.

tuna mixture for tuna patties

Shape the mixture into five patties.

five patties on a cutting board

Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Add some oil to coat the pan. You don’t want to add enough oil to submerge the patties. What you want is just enough oil to coat the skillet and to lightly fry the patties.

Let the oil heat up for a couple of minutes. Then add two or three patties to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes.

frying tuna patties

Then flip the patties and cook for another 3 minutes. They should be nicely browned as shown in the photo below.

cooking patties

Then transfer the patties to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining patties.

tuna patties on a paper towel lined plate

Now you can eat these patties as is, on a bun, on a bed of lettuce or however you want. I enjoyed mine over lettuce with lime juice squeezed over top. It was so delicious!

I hope you see that there are many things you can do with tuna instead of always making it the same way.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make tuna patties. If you liked this recipe please don’t forget to leave it a rating below. Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

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How to Make Tuna Patties

Tuna patties are a delicious way to use canned tuna. Eat it on buns or on lettuce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword tuna cakes, tuna patties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 5
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 17 oz canned tuna drained
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 5 tbs italian bread crumbs
  • black pepper a few cracks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • oil

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients except for the oil. Mix together well with your hands

  2. Shape the tuna mixture into five patties.

  3. Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Add some oil to coat the pan. Wait a couple of minutes to let the oil heat up and add two or three patties to the skillet and cook for three minutes.

  4. Flip the patties and cook for another three minutes. The patties should be browned.

  5. Transfer the patties to a paper towel lined plate.

  6. Repeat with the remaining patties.

  7. Serve on buns or over lettuce.

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