Category: Cooking Tuna

How to Cook Tuna – Tuna Fish Cakes

How to Cook Tuna – Tuna Fish Cakes

Cooking Tuna Fish Cakes

Delicious, cheap, protein packed, versatile, quick and easy… it’s hard to turn your head away from this recipe!. Better yet, you can cook them two different ways… pan fried or baked.

Tuna Fish Cakes are so versatile they can be introduced to any meal. Perfect for lunch or dinner and even in between. Ideas include as a main with salads, stuffed into burger buns or pia wraps, smaller tuna cakes as appetizers, the list is endless.

Master our easy tuna fish cake recipe and enjoy them a myriad of ways – Asian (served with Asian salads and soy sauce), Mexican (serve with lime and salt), Mediterranean (served with tomatoes and capers), Japanese my favourite (with a mayonnaise and wasabi sauce).

Our Tuna Fish Cake recipe is a base, you are welcome to add your own herbs, spices, condiments and extras to achieve the flavour you desire. We encourage you to get creative.

Ingredients for Tuna Fish Cakes

  • Tuna 1lb or 500g: Diced or minced raw tuna.
  • Panko breadcrumbs 2 cups: These will help bind and also provide texture.
  • Eggs 2: the egg also acts as a binding agent.
  • Potato’s 1lb or 500g: Steamed or boiled and then mashed
  • Chefs choice 5 tablespoons any of the following crushed or finely chopped herbs and spices; Examples include; Garlic, ginger, scallions, oregano, parsley, onion.
  • Chefs choice 2 tablespoons any of the following liquids; balsamic vinegar, wasabi, lemon, sesame oil, soy sauce
  • Salt pepper and chili to taste.

Serves 4 – Approximately 16 tuna fish cakes
Preparation Time 10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins

Instructions for Preparing Tuna Fish Cakes

Tip – Prepare your ingredients and work area first, because this can get a little messy.
Dice or mince the Tuna, combined the dry ingredients into a bowl or container. Have the wet ingredients ready. Have a tray ready for the rolled tuna cakes.

  • Add to a mixing bowl the tuna, breadcrumbs and potato.  Mix and combine well with a wooden spoon or similar tool. Clean hands ok too.
  • To the bowl, add all other ingredients and continue to mix and combine well.
  • Once all ingredients have been mixed into the bowl, it’s time to roll a handful of the mixture into a tight ball and then flatten slightly to form a pattie. Place the fish cake pattie on a prepared tray or plate. The following mixture should produce approximately 16 tuna fish cakes.

Tip – the now prepared tuna cakes can be cooked now or placed into the fridge for cooking up to 24 hours later.

Instructions for Cooking Tuna Fish Cakes

Pan Fry: Heat 1-2 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add tuna cakes and fry for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

To Bake: preheat oven to 400 °F or 200 °C. Add tuna cakes on a prepared oven safe tray. Baked for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown.

Panko Breadcrumbs for Tuna Fish Cakes

These are Japanese breadcrumbs which are much bigger and lighter than regular breadcrumbs. This means they go extra crispy! You’ll find them in nearly all supermarkets/grocery stores in the Asian section. You can use regular breadcrumbs if you cannot source Panko Breadcrumbs.