Cristobal's Baja Style Tuna Cakes

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Crazy Christobal

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!

Top Review by LousyChef

What a wonderful thing to do to tuna! I left out the jalapenos and walnuts (didn't have any) and was low on cilantro so used half fresh half dried. Here in Malta, the sauce ingredients aren't really available, so I improvised with some mayo mixed with Mexican Seasoning (from the States) and it worked nicely. Even just plain tartar sauce would be fine, since the cakes have so much flavor! Served with sweet potato fries and mixed veg. for an easy dinner. Thanks so much!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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!

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