Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

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Summertime always takes me back to family picnics by the lake, where quick and delicious meals were a must. I remember my mom whipping up her famous tuna patties in no time, making them the perfect go-to dish for those lazy days. Now, as an adult, I’ve taken her classic recipe and given it my own twist, ensuring it stays a family favorite for generations.

This 10-Minute Tuna Patties recipe is a lifesaver on busy weekdays or when you need to prepare something impressive in a short amount of time. The best part is how versatile these patties can be. You can enjoy them as a simple snack, a protein-packed addition to a salad, or even as a delightful main course paired with some roasted vegetables.

One of the key ingredients in this recipe is the Panko breadcrumbs. These Japanese-style breadcrumbs provide a light and crispy texture that sets these patties apart from traditional versions. While the recipe calls for curry powder as an optional ingredient, I highly recommend trying it if you enjoy a bit of a kick. It adds a warm, slightly spicy flavor that complements the tuna beautifully.

For those who like experimenting in the kitchen, there are numerous ways to customize this recipe. Swap out the parsley for cilantro if you’re a fan of a more citrusy, fresh taste. You can also add finely chopped onions or bell peppers for an extra crunch and burst of flavor. If you’re looking to make a gluten-free version, simply substitute the Panko breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs without compromising the texture.

When it comes to cooking these patties, using a non-stick skillet ensures they cook evenly without sticking. You can use either butter or oil, depending on your preference. I find that butter gives them a richer flavor, while oil keeps them lighter.

This recipe is not just about convenience but also about delivering a delightful taste experience. Whether you’re hosting a summer get-together or need a quick weeknight meal, these 10-Minute Tuna Patties are sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire. Give them a try, and don’t be afraid to make them your own with the variations that suit your taste. Enjoy!

Making the Tuna Patties


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 ounces tuna (canned, packed in spring water)
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the canned tuna, salt, pepper, and optional curry powder. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the Panko breadcrumbs, beaten eggs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and chopped parsley to the bowl. Stir until a thick batter forms.
  3. With slightly wet hands, form the mixture into 12 small patties.
  4. Heat oil or butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, cook the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are golden brown and crispy.
  5. Continue this process until all the patties are cooked. Serve warm.

Tuna Patties


Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, you can use fresh tuna, but you will need to cook and flake it before mixing it with the other ingredients. Fresh tuna will provide a different texture and flavor.

What can I use as a substitute for Panko breadcrumbs?

If you don’t have Panko breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs, crushed crackers, or even crushed cornflakes as a substitute.

Can I freeze the tuna patties?

Absolutely! You can freeze the patties after cooking them. Let them cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container. Reheat them in a skillet or oven before serving.

What can I serve with tuna patties?

Tuna patties can be served with a variety of sides such as a fresh salad, steamed vegetables, rice, or even on a bun as a tuna burger. A dipping sauce like tartar sauce or aioli also pairs well with them.

How can I make the tuna patties spicier?

To add more heat to your tuna patties, you can include some chopped jalapenos, a dash of hot sauce, or an additional teaspoon of curry powder. Adjust the spice level to your preference.

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Whip up these 10-Minute Tuna Patties for a quick, crispy, and flavorful meal. Ideal for any occasion. Try the recipe and enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 15 ounces canned tuna springwater-packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder optional
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  • In a bowl, combine the tuna, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Mix well.
  • Add the Panko breadcrumbs, beaten eggs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley to the bowl. Stir until the mixture forms a thick batter.
  • With slightly wet hands, shape the mixture into 12 patties.
  • Heat butter or oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, cook the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  • Repeat until all patties are cooked.
Keyword tuna

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