hot + crisp tuna cakes

We eat tuna at least once a week.  It is simple to whip up and changes things up for lunch.  These tuna cakes are absolutely amazing hot off the griddle!  They are a great bunless, vegetarian, protein-packed main attraction for lunch.  And they're fancy enough to serve up for last-minute company.

See how easy + versatile they are...

Our basic tuna recipe is simple:

2-3 cans albacore tuna (Costco's Kirkland private label is excellent)

*3-4 heaping spoonfuls of mayonaise (no one wants dry tuna!)

tons of shakes of dried dillweed (it should cover the tuna in the bowl)

light sprinkling of onion powder

This basic tuna recipe is mild enough for the kids' liking and it's simple enough that my kids can make it.  You can also add avocado chunks, lemon juice, chopped pecans, etc.

*Make sure you have enough mayo in your tuna.  It will help keep the cakes from crumbling on the griddle.

tuna cakes

1 basic tuna recipe from above

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg white

salt + pepper

extraa mozzarella cheese to top

plenty of butter for the griddle

Heat griddle on medium-high.  Add cheese, egg white, and S + P to the basic tuna mixture.  Mix to combine.  Butter the griddle very well.

Using about 1/2 cup of tuna mixture at a time, make tuna cakes with the mixture.  Add the cakes to the griddle and flatten a bit with the palm of your hand.   Cook for a few minutes until the underside begins to brown.  Flip and cook the other side under golden brown.  Add a TBSP of cheese and let melt a bit from the hop tuna top.  Remove cakes off griddle.

Serve Tuna Cakes at home, two ways:

  1. (Adults) Serve 2-3 cakes on a bed of romaine or butter lettuce topped with cherry tomatoes or avocado.  You can also squeeze a fresh lemon over the tops of the tuna cakes.  (These tuna cakes are incredible with something crunchy like a crisp iceberg side salad or as pictured, with this simple slaw.   It's basically shredded cabbage, onion, cilantro, and lime.  Add a bit of mashed avocado + sour cream to make it out of this world.)

 How to eat: Just pick up one romaine wrapped tuna cake at a time and devour.  No need for a fork!


2. (Kids) Serve up two cakes with a fork, side of veggies, fruit, and something fun like these awesome peanut butter banana blender muffins.  Serve with a cold glass of milk or almond milk.

Tuna Cakes on the Go:

Cook up tuna cakes.  Let cool slightly.  Wrap two stacked cakes on top of each other in a few layers of aluminum foil.   Store in an insulated cooler of lunch sack with fork until lunch.

Does your family like tuna?  How do you like it?