Tuna patties are a super quick and easy, healthy, budget friendly dinner idea. Using canned tuna they come together in minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight. This recipe is basic yet very versatile. You can change up the spices to make it your own.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Easy Tuna Patties?
According to my calculations, each serving has 142 calories.
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3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
How to Make Tuna Patties, Step-by-Step
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients.
Step 2: Mix until well combined.
Step 3: Form into 4 patties of equal size.
Step 4: Cook in a large nonstick skillet (affiliate link) until golden brown on both sides.
Additions, Variations & Cooking Notes
Additional seasonings: Old Bay seasoning, Dijon mustard, dill, chopped celery, chopped water chestnuts, hot sauce, lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic or granulated garlic would all be good.
How do you keep tuna patties from falling apart?
To help keep your tuna patties from falling apart while cooking, be sure to squish them together well, especially at the edges. I start by rolling and pressing them into a ball and then slowly flattening them out. Also when cooking your patties be sure to let them fully brown on one side before flipping them.
What should I serve with tuna patties?
We love ours with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and cocktail sauce. They are also great with ketchup, salsa, ranch dressing or tartar sauce.
A great big salad would make for a satisfying accompaniment, especially during warm weather.
The last time I made these I served sauteed spinach alongside. Any of the following would also be great side dishes:
- Mashed potatoes
- Potato salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Broccoli Slaw
- Carrot Apple Slaw
- Steamed or oven roasted vegetables: broccoli, zucchini, peas
You can also turn these tuna patties into burgers by placing them on your favorite bun or toasted english muffins.
Ways to Use Leftover Patties
Leftover tuna patties will keep well for several days refrigerated and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (affiliate link). They are also surprisingly good when eaten cold, straight out of the fridge.
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Easy Tuna Patties
- 12 ounces canned water packed tuna, drained well and flaked/broken up
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons seasoned dry bread crumbs
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, egg, bread crumbs, scallions, parsley and pepper until well blended.
- Shape the mixture into 4 equal patties.
- Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes each side.
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If you like these easy old-fashioned tuna patties, you might also like:
- Easy Salmon Patties
- Tuna Cheddar Chowder
- Low Calorie Cheesy Tuna Casserole for One
- English Muffin Tuna Melt
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The patties were tasty but mine fell apart! I rolled in a ball and pressed flat but still had “hash”. I’ll try again tho’ and maybe have better luck!
Hi Jan, I don't know why that would happen! Maybe your tuna was drier than mine. If you are having trouble forming them into patties, I would add a little more moisture, maybe water or a little more egg. ~Martha
How many servings is this 4 pattiesrecipe?
It makes 4 servings. 1 Patty per serving.
Can I add things to it, like cheese, if I am not worried about calories? What kind do you recommend?
Sure you can add whatever you like, including cheese. I like cheddar, feta and Parmesan. But of
course the choice is up to you and the flavors you like. ~Martha
These were delicious thank you for the recipe ! I made them for my toddler but he fell asleep so I had them for dinner haha will be making them again for lunch.
My Pattie’s were pretty wet and falling apart so I added more breadcrumbs and coated them in flour before frying.
My tuna cakes fell apart too until a friend said I needed to add mayonnaise. Instead, I use a bit of plain Greek yogurt & a dollop of Dijon mustard. Works like a charm.
Thanks for the suggestion! ~Martha