Cristobal's Baja Style Tuna Cakes

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Total Time
40 mins
10 mins

These are similar to crab cakes but are a delicious variation in Baja Mexican style! Despite quite a few ingredients, these are simple, fast and easy, Great for a quality unique appetizer!

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  • Cakes

  • 1 (6 ounce) canof quality tuna
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of good quality bread (crumbled)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies or 4 ounces anaheim chilies
  • 2 pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 12-1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 12 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 small fresh green onion, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 12 cup of any salsa
  • 2 -3 tablespoons seafood cocktail sauce
  • 12-34 teaspoon any hot sauce
  • 1 pickled jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno juice, from jar (optional)


  1. Cakes:.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except butter) in a bowl. Consistency should be moldable when squeezed (hold shape) if otherwise add either more liquid or dry ingredients as necessary.
  3. Refrigerate for 1/2 to 1 hour.
  4. Pat and form into cakes.
  5. Fry on a skillet or in a large pan in 2 Tbsp butter (more or less) set to medium low to medium heat.
  6. For my electric skillet this is 300°F.
  7. Fry until golden, approximately 5 minutes per side.
  8. Serve with sauce on top and/or to the side of the cakes while still warm or even when cold.
  9. Garnish can be a bit of lime and cilantro leaves.
  10. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

We loved these tuna cakes. Great flavor and easy to do. I used fresh chives but otherwise followed the recipe. I may cut the sauce in half as we had lots left. I served with coleslaw and was a great meal. We will definitely have this many times in the future.

5 5

yummmy!! I made these tonight and DH and I loved them! I left out the jalapeno peppers and walnuts because I didn't have any, and had to sub regular onions for the green onions and chives. Also, I baked in the oven instead of frying in butter. Used a peach salsa in the sauce and the flavor was great with the tuna cake. thanks!

4 5

Great recipe for the humble tuna. Loved the combo of flavors. Will make this again for sure. I did make a few changes....I used cracker meal instead of the bread. Came out great! Thanks!!!