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Tuna Cakes Recipe

Tuna Cakes Recipe

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

Tuna Cakes Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 5-oz can solid white tuna packed in water (6oz can ok too)
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Add the lime juice and stir well. Divide the mixture into four portions and form patties (about 1 inch thick).
  3. 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

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