It’s been nearly a decade since I last ate canned tuna (and that was once … the time before that? About five years prior). I don’t eat it. I don’t like it. Usually the smell grosses me out, and honestly I would rather have fresh.
But when I recently told you about the Salmon Cakes that my kids and I adore, I discovered that canned fish does have its (awesome) uses. In well-seasoned patties, it’s great.
Ever since those Salmon Cakes, I have been considering being a little more open-minded about seafood in cans. It’s inexpensive, it’s accessible and if I can create something that the kids and I like? Then that’s another serving of fish for us each week. Gotta love those Omega-3s.
So, these Tuna Cakes? Well, I wouldn’t be telling you about them if I didn’t love them. They have a strong rosemary flavor, with a wonderful meaty texture. I ate mine on a slice of French bread (open-face sandwich style). Delish! They would also be great served on a bed of salad greens.
As for my kids? They both ate every last bite without complaint.
Just try ’em.
Tuna Cakes Recipe
- 1 5-6 oz can solid white tuna packed in water
- 1/2 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
- 1 shallot finely chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 sprig rosemary stem removed and leaves finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, bread crumbs, shallot, parsley, rosemary and egg. Take care to break apart the tuna, so it really mixes up well.
- Add the lime juice and stir well. Divide the mixture into four portions and form patties (about 1 inch thick).
- Add the olive oil to a 12-inch skillet. Heat oil on medium heat. Add the tuna patties and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, until golden brown.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.