Tasty 20-Minute Crispy Tuna Cakes Recipe Is Budget Friendly by 30Seconds Food

Tasty 20-Minute Crispy Tuna Cakes Recipe Is Budget Friendly

'Tis the time of the year for budget-friendly recipes. Instead of salmon patties, why not try this easy tuna cakes recipe? You can have it on the table for your family in about 20 minutes. It's a budget recipe that is not lacking in the flavor department. The crispy tuna patties will be a hit with the family. Get ready for recipe requests!

The tuna cakes are made with tuna packed in water (drain it well!), garlic, onion, lemon juice, lemon zest, an egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise and grated Parmesan cheese. The mixture is shaped into patties and then breaded in breadcrumbs and Parmesan before being pan-fried to golden perfection.

Serve this quick and easy crispy tuna cakes recipe with tartar sauce or remoulade sauce. Add a vegetable or grain and a salad, and you're all set for a wholesome, comforting family dinner. You could even use the tuna cakes to make sandwiches!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna in water, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion or green onions
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil, for frying

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with canned salmon instead of tuna.
  • Add any fresh chopped up vegetables you like to the patties. Chop them small so they cook quickly.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the tuna cake ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well. Form into patties.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine the breading ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet. Coat the tuna cakes with the breadcrumbs. Fry the patties in the hot oil until browned on both sides, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 188

Total Fat: 8.8g

Saturated Fat: 2.7g

Cholesterol: 121mg

Sodium: 184mg

Total Carbohydrate: 9.5g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Total Sugars: 2.7g

Protein: 17.8g

Vitamin D: 9mcg

Calcium: 98mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 300mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm, perfect for meatless Fridays during Lent (or anytime), thank you! #yum
Julie Rose
This looks really good. 😍
Gwen Johnson
Made these last night and everyone loved them. Served them with green beans.

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