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? Why didn’t somebody shake me by the shoulders and say, “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!
A few folks have had trouble with these falling apart in the pan. If you find that to be the case, it could be one of two things that is causing it.
- The tuna was not drained well enough. You want to get all of the water removed or it will cause problems.
- Things 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 might 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.
- 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.
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THIS CLEAN EATING TUNA RECIPE:
Clean Eating Traditional Tuna Salad – This well loved seafood salad is a tradition in many households. Here I’ll show you how to clean it up without sacrificing on flavor. Shhhhh!!!…. nobody will know!!
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- 3 (5 oz.) cans water packed tuna, no added salt, water drained well
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 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.