Tuna Patties

"These tuna patties taste like crab cakes, and are easy to make. I like putting the patties on buns and topping them with pickled jalapenos... YUM."
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Ready In:


  • 3 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use the light kind- works well)
  • 4 tablespoons chili paste (like Sambal Oelek)
  • 1 12 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 -2 teaspoon celery salt (to taste)


  • Combine the tuna, bread crumbs, celery and mayo in a large bowl. Blend in the chili paste, lemon juice, and celery salt. Mix everything well.
  • Form 4-8 patties, depending on how large you want them. Fry lightly in a sprayed skillet over medium heat about 5-8 minutes, flipping once. Patties are done once they are well-browned.

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  1. I cannot say enough good things about these tuna patties! I made this exactly as posted, using whole wheat breadcrumbs, and about 2 t. of celery salt. The sambal oelek was fantastic! I ended up getting 10 patties out of this (I guess I like them a bit smaller). As suggested, I ate mine (sans bun) with a pickled jalapeno, which I loved. I had no trouble with texture, and they held together well. I will definitely be making these often!
  2. Wow! What a different tasting tuna patty! I cut this down for 1 can of tuna, and reduced the other ingredients accordingly. I really enjoyed the heat in these! These are quick and easy to make. They are very "loose", I scooped them up with a spatula and finished shaping them up in the skillet. I recommend making smaller rather than larger patties to make them easier to flip. Mine turned out wonderfully golden brown on the outside and rich and creamy on the inside. I don't think they taste like crab cakes, but they are wonderful! I served with a side of remoulade sauce, mashed potatoes, squash and purple hull peas. Great dinner!! Thanks for sharing! Made for Rookie tag game.
  3. Very tasty. I used crushed rice crackers to make it gluten free, and chili paste in a tube. Sized it down for one can of tuna; made 2 patties. Would be good with cheese on it too, like a tuna melt. Made for Best of 2014 game.
  4. I didn't have a problem with these holding together. I used sweet chili sauce and added some minced garlic. I thought these we just ok until I added mustard then great - they just needed a bit of a vinegar flavor, well or I did.
  5. These turned out great! Fast and easy to make with lots of kick. I added some minced green onion and an egg after reading that they didn't want to hold together. I still had trouble getting them to stay in a patty shape, so I would add an egg and less mayo next time. Also, they were a little bit too salty, I think that came from the chili paste I used. I think this mixture would be great as a sushi roll filling. And I like your idea of using these for sandwiches. Thanks for posting the recipe!


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