Tuna patties are an easy and budget-friendly recipe that is filled with flavor. Baked instead of fried, this recipe for Tuna Cakes is every bit as delicious and crispy as the classic--just a whole lot lighter.
I love to serve these Tuna Cakes an appetizer, a hearty lunch, or a light dinner. They are delicious served alone, but my husband loves topping them with a generous scoop of Tartar Sauce.
Canned tuna fish is one of the most affordable pantry staples to keep on hand for a source of lean protein and a base for fast, economical meals.
I love to dress up tuna in recipes like Avocado Tuna Salad and these Baked Tuna Cakes.
This a really basic recipe that is made with classic flavors. From a little bit of mayonnaise for creaminess and lemon juice and zest for acidity, these Tuna Patties are a classic recipe.
The only difference here is that this recipe for tuna patties is BAKED, not fried. Which results in a lighter, healthier version. But don't worry these tuna patties still get ridiculously crispy.
Notes on Ingredients
You probably already have all the ingredients on hand for these Easy Tuna Cakes.
- Tuna: Use canned tuna or tuna in a pouch that has been packed in water, not oil.
- Lemons: Be sure to use FRESH lemons and zest your lemon before juicing. You will only need 1 lemon for the patties, but it is best to serve the tuna cakes with additional wedges of fresh lemon.
- Seasoned Salt: If you don't have homemade seasoned salt on hand, replace it with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon paprika.
- Mayonnaise: The mayonnaise adds creaminess and richness to the tuna cakes. Feel free to replace with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
- Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs are best for this recipe. They keep the tuna patties light and crisp up beautifully. Feel free to use regular, whole wheat, or gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.
How to Make Tuna Patties
- Mix together eggs, panko bread crumbs, green onions, seasoned salt, and the zest and juice of the lemon together.
- Add tuna to the mixture and stir to just combine.
- Using your hands or an ice cream scoop, form tuna cake mixture into a patty--sort of like a tuna burger. Each patty should be made with about ⅓ cup and be even in size.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully flip and bake for another 10 minutes or until browned and crispy.
- Serve with lemon wedges, hot sauce, and Homemade Tartar Sauce if desired.
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Easy Tuna Patties
- 10 ounces flaked tuna drained, well
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup minced green onions
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together eggs, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, seasoned salt, mayonnaise, and the juice and zest of the lemon together.
- Add in tuna and mix gently until just combined.
- Form into 8 patties--about ⅓ cup each with your hands or ice cream scoop.
- Place on Baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake another 10 minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce.
In place of seasoned salt, add in ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon paprika.