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Tuna Fish Patties Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Tuna Fish Patties

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"This is a great recipe I came up with to get rid of leftover bread. I generally use the contents of my vegetable drawer here so I kind of throw in whatever I have at the time, so you can use your own judgment. They taste really nice when eaten with sour cream or low-fat mayo or even on their own - though my husband prefers ketchup. I generally use this recipe as a guideline, so have fun with it!"

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Original recipe makes 24 patties Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    35 mins


  1. Soak bread in water in a large shallow dish until softened completely; remove from dish and squeeze as much water from bread as possible.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, spinach, and garlic in the hot oil until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the onion mixture with tuna, mushrooms, zucchini, celery, eggs, dill, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano in a large bowl. Form the mixture into about 24 thin, palm-size patties.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the patties in the skillet until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • If you have pre-sliced bread from the store, that can be used as well; you just have to use more of it, so probably about 5 or 6 slices.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2013

The recipe was great, but I did modify it. Added the zuc, musrooms and some banana peppers to the fried veg. Added the bread when all the ingredients were mixed. I also increased the amount of tuna by one can and added an extra egg to help hold it all together. Before I fried the patties and medium-low heat in the skillet I pressed them using a hamburger press. I toasted some whole wheat bread and sliced some tomato and avocado to add for toppings along with some low fat mayo. Hope this helps somebody eyeing up the recipe... I also supplied the pictures fyi.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 28, 2014

Flavors are very good. BUT, veggies must be diced very small and I found the mixture too wet. Patties crumbled and didn't hold together well at all. Maybe more egg for binding, or less water in the bread?

Jun 27, 2012

Yum! It did not have a strong tuna taste to it. I used what veggies I had in my refrig. (mushrooms, green peppers, celery and onions). Only suggestion is to add what and when to add bread. Almost forgot to add because it was not included in the directions. Great day to have on these HOT summer nights.

Jun 30, 2012

These were absolutely delicious! I forgot to add the basil and didn't have any spinach or mushrooms or zucchini to add, so they probably would have been even better. I added in the bread when all the rest of the ingredients were mixed together before frying... I had the bread soaked and then cut into bite size or small than bite-size pieces. It was very easy and tasty. I plan on using this recipe a lot.

Nov 08, 2012

I was skeptical, but wanted to try this, as it seemed like a great way to save money. I was surprised, I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the size of the patties, made mine the size of a burger and served on hamburger roll with tartar sauce. It was incredible. Both very light and very filling at the same time. Will make this again, only change perhaps I will add a little bit of lemon zest to give it a little zip although it's really not needed. Personal taste thing there.

Aug 19, 2013

kids hate veggies? puree them and hide them in the mixture! keep an eye on the moisture content though as it can fall apart if too moist

Sep 24, 2012

What a great way to use leftover veggies in the fridge! I sauted some fresh kale with the garlic and onions. If I had had fresh mushrooms, I probably would have sauted those in advance as well. The mixture can be a bit wet, so I'd be wary of adding ingredients that give off water.

Nov 06, 2013

My wife and I loved this recipe! It was very easy to make, as mentioned by other reviewers. The minor adjustments I would make next time is to add an additional slice of bread (I used pre-sliced store bought bread) and also squeeze out more water. The additional of the veggies made the mixture more watery than I expected, and a few of the tuna patties didn't hold together as well. Will definitely be making this again! Side-note -- Didn't even have the strong fishy smell that is common with tuna.


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  • Calories
  • 43 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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