Croquetas De Atún – Tuna Fish Balls

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a simple recipe based that most of children will like. These fish balls can be served as appetizer with a salsa sauce or as starter with the suggested vegetable mix (salad). I used potatoes that after boiling, peeling and mashing they hold together. If you don’t have this kind of potatoes, please add 1 egg and some 2 or tablespoon of flour.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Fish balls

  • 400 g potatoes, boiled, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 200 g tuna fish, canned well drained and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 14 teaspoon nutmeg, to taste
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste
  • 12 teaspoon chili flakes, to taste
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg (only if necessary)
  • 2 -4 tablespoons flour (only if necessary)
  • Fish balls coating

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 12 cup breadcrumbs, more if necessary
  • olive oil, to fry
  • Serving suggestion

  • 1 red pepper, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into small cubes
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tomatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 12 green onion, thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice


  1. First of all make all the ingredients ready.
  2. In a big bowl combine potatoes, tuna fish, parsley, spices and salt. Work with a fork. If it doesn’t stick together add 1 egg and about 2 tablespoon of flour.
  3. Form walnuts sized balls, coat first with egg and then with the breadcrumbs. Flat them slightly and place them on a dish.
  4. Preheat a non sticky pan with about 2 tablespoon oil to medium temperature.
  5. Fry the meatball on the first size when golden brown, turn, add 2 tablespoon oil and brown the second size.
  6. For the serving suggestion combine all the vegetable in a bowls toss, eventually add some salt (I didn’t). Serve with lemon and olive oil.
  7. If you prefer serve this with a fresh salsa.
  8. Enjoy!
  9. Note: this looks wonderful with some fresh green salad.
Most Helpful

We loved these tasty fish cakes! I shaped mine into more of a patty so that I could fry in less oil and still get a nice crispy crust. I topped with a sauce of a little sour cream mixed with some salsa. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

loof January 29, 2014

Very good. followed recipe as written. Thank You. Made for ZWT8.

MomLuvs6 August 12, 2012

Aussie Swap#83: Delicious and easy to prepare. I liked a kick from the red pepper flakes - perfect as an appy or a light lunch!

Mom2Rose December 31, 2013