These tuna patties are a delicious switch for dinner tonight and they’re made with a clean eating recipe!
Why I haven’t made tuna patties prior to this is a mystery to me. But I finally did it, and you can bet I’ll make them again. They are delicious!! Why didn’t somebody tell me? Somebody should have grabbed me by the shoulders and said, “wake up Tiffany, you’re missing out!“?? Why, why, why???
Seriously. There should be a little foodie elf that follows me around and kicks me in the shins every time I fail to cook something delicious. Every time I wonder what to make for dinner. Every time I consider making chicken… again…I mean really, these couldn’t be more simple! Such a great weeknight meal!
TUNA PATTIES RECIPE TIPS:
- Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the patty into the skillet and then use a fork to gently press it down to a flatter form.
- If you prefer to bake these instead of frying them, simply scoop the patties onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350 F.
If Your Tuna Patties Fall Apart
If your patties fall apart in the pan, there could be one of a few things that are causing it.
- The tuna was not drained well enough. You want to get all of the water removed or it will cause problems.
- Temperature and humidity can vary from kitchen to kitchen, for many different reasons. The fix could be as simple as adding one more egg. Three eggs worked fine for me, but it’s possible that some people may need to use four eggs. So if the first patty falls apart, just stir in an extra egg with the remaining tuna and try again.
- The size of the tuna chunks – very large chunks will not hold together as well as smaller chunks. If you find the chunks of tuna are on the larger side, simply put the tuna in a small bowl and mash it a bit with a fork until the pieces are much smaller.
- The heat of your pan – While you don’t want to cook these on high heat, you do want to put them in a very hot pan so the egg cooks immediately and holds everything together. So get the pan nice and hot, then reduce the heat and cook.
Tuna Patty Ingredients
15 oz. water packed tuna – Make sure to get the water packed tuna, not oil packed. No added salt is best.
3 large eggs – These do best if used at room temperature, but it’s not as important is it would be in baking. I’ve made these with cold eggs as well and they do just fine.
1 tbsp. lemon juice – Fresh squeezed or bottled with no sugar added.
½ cup red onion – Chop these really well. If you have a different color onion on hand, feel free to use it. But purple onions have a sweetness that works really well here.
1 tsp. dried parsley – If you prefer to use fresh parsley, use 1 tbsp. and mince it really fine.
½ tsp. dried dill – Again, you can use fresh if you prefer. Use 1 full tsp. for that, and mince well.
1 tsp. garlic powder – If you prefer fresh garlic, I highly recommend mincing it and sautéing it first before adding it to this recipe. If you go that route, use 2 medium garlic cloves and mice well.
Oil – This is as needed for cooking. Use any oil you have on hand. Light flavored oils will taste best here.
How To Make Tuna Patties
Stir everything together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
Form small patties with your hands (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter).
Cook in a skillet using a heart healthy oil.
Top with fresh, chopped onion, fresh parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.
How To Store Tuna Patties
If you have extras or need to make these ahead of time (you can make them up to 2 days in advance), store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge. Make sure they all get eaten by day 3. Fish has a very short shelf life before it can make you sick. 3 days is the max time they should spend in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Tuna Patties?
You can! You’ll need to cook them first, but once cooked, they will freeze for up to 3 months.
To do this, cook the patties according to the recipe. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place them, uncovered, in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours. Once frozen, transfer them to an air-tight container and return them to the freezer.
Thawing And Reheating
To thaw, let them sit in the fridge overnight.
To reheat, simply place them into a warm pan with a light spritz of oil and flip them frequently until warm.
You an also microwave them, 30 seconds at a time until they are just warm. Do not overdo it in the microwave because they will get dry and rubbery fast.
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- 15 oz. water packed tuna (no added salt, water drained well)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ cup red onion (chopped)
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- ½ tsp. dried dill
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- oil (for cooking)
- Stir everything together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
- Form small patties with your hands (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter).
- Cook in a skillet using a heart healthy oil.
- Top with fresh, chopped onion, fresh parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.