Never Fail Tuna Patties (Salmon Works Too)

READY IN: 21mins
Recipe by twissis

I've made these for so long that I'm not sure of the recipe origin. They never fail, are easy to make & always good. They also work well & impress as a starter if served with crisp veggies, tartar sauce or a light mayo sauce thinned-with-milk & flavored with lime juice, dill & chives. Makes 4 patties of entree size or 6-8 of starter size. *Edited to Add* -- My spec thx to Chef JillAZ for reviewing this recipe for the Freezer Tag Game in the OAMC Forum & for the info she provided. Pls see Note #2 at the end of Prep Steps for this info. :-)

Top Review by lobquin

To be honest I hate tuna. I was originally making these for my 2-year-old's lunch. & I actually liked these! Not fishy at all. I used lemon juice & breadcrumbs instead of the cornflakes. I also grated the onion & added some pepper. My son scarfed these down! He loved them. This will be a go to lunch for him now! Thanks.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tuna (water packed)
  • 2 medium size eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (preferred, but lemon ok)
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 14 onion, finely minced (red or white)
  • crushed corn flakes, as bonding ingredient
  • olive oil, to brown patties


  1. Combine 1st 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add corn flakes til you no longer see any liquid in the mixture, but more is usually better.
  3. Divide into 4 equal portions on a cutting board.
  4. Shape patties & flatten to 3/4 in thickness.
  5. Use spatula to transfer carefully to non-stick skillet & saute over med-low heat in olive oil til golden brown & crisp on both sides.
  6. Note #1: A variety of dry bonding ingredients can be used. I use crushed corn flakes or Pepperide Farm dressing mix. I don't care for the mushy texture of the end-product or the difficulty holding the patties together when potato is used.
  7. Note #2: For OAMC per JillAZ ~ *To freeze* (uncooked patties) prepare recipe thru Prep Step #4. Place patties in a freezer bag w/layers of parchment paper in between. Seal, label & freeze. *To serve* ~ Thaw in fridge or microwave & cook as directed. ~~ Cooked patties can also be frozen wrapped in plastic wrap & placed in a freezer bag. Thaw in fridge or microwave & reheat on stovetop or in oven.

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