Tuna or Salmon Patties: Make them however you like!


When I lived with roommates a couple years ago, sustaining myself without a job, I bought a lot of tuna fish. At less than 75¢ — sometimes 50¢ — per 6-oz can, tuna’s one of the cheapest proteins to buy. It’s also low in fat, and high in the good stuff like potassium, and iron, and of course EPA and DHA (source: Starkist). So much healthier (and tastier!) than a hamburger for a cheaper price!!

Besides tuna salad, served with crackers or toasted bread — or this new recipe I found – a common meal my roommate and I cooked together was tuna patties.

So easy, this recipe consists of 3 basic ingredients: a can of tuna, a couple spoonfuls of flour (or bread crumbs) and one egg. While I have yet to experiment with different recipes, I’ve found several online: Some cooks are very adventurous – adding chopped onion, mustard, potato; making them Asian-style with soy sauce; using oatmeal instead of flour…the combinations are endless!

Here’s the recipe I got from my roommate. Feel free to (and please DO!) experiment all you want with it! :)

Tuna or Salmon Patties
Here's a quick, easy and affordable protein option for dinner!
  1. 1 6-oz can tuna, drained (put the liquid aside, don't throw it out yet)
  2. 2-4 TBS flour (any kind) or bread crumbs
  3. 1 egg
  4. pepper and any other spices you want
Directions (three ways)
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, adding more flour/breadcrumbs or tuna liquid as needed. Mixture should not be too sticky but not dry either. It should stick together when molded in a ball.
  2. Using a spoon, scoop mixture into your hand, and mold it into circles (you may have to spray your hands with cooking spray first).
Oven method
  1. Place uncooked patties on a lightly greased cookie sheet (they won't spread like cookies, so you can place them as close together as you wish) and bake for 15-20 minutes on 375F until patties are firm to the touch. This way is less messy than the stovetop method, and you can cook them all at once.
Stovetop method
  1. Fry patties on medium heat in a pan that has oil covering the bottom of it. Cook both sides til brown.
Panini press method
  1. Even if it's nonstick, lightly spray the inside of your George Foreman (or other brand of Panini press) with cooking spray. Place uncooked patties (as many as will fit) on the grill and put the lid down. Let cook for 5-10 minutes, checking periodically.  This method is super easy if you don't want to turn on your oven, or if you don't have an oven.
  1. You can also use the same ingredients (flour and egg) to make salmon patties. The proportions change a bit, as salmon cans are 14oz. So double the flour and number of eggs per can of salmon.
Adapted from Abby
Adapted from Abby
Oh My Foodness! https://oh-my-foodness.com/
Serve tuna patties with: honey mustard, ketchup, ranch; smashed potatoes or baked potatoes; steamed or raw carrots, broccoli, tomatoes…

Assemble a tuna melt: toasted bread, mustard, mayo, tuna, melted cheese, tomato…

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7 thoughts on “Tuna or Salmon Patties: Make them however you like!

  1. I have always loved Tuna Patties! I found a cookbook written by a Student and their mainstay was Tuna!! The recipes were really awesome and the one I loved included chopped celery as well as onion. We served them on the plate after frying and served tomato soup over the top! They were so good and the family loved them. The recipe book actually made a cucumber sauce, but I didn’t like cucumbers at the time, so never made that sauce.

    • Hi Deanna,
      Wow, tomato soup with tuna – sounds delicious! Would the cucumber sauce go over the pattie with the tomato soup or as another recipe?

      Thanks for sharing! :)


      • The original recipe called for the cucumber sauce and, yes it was served over the patties. The tomato soup was my own idea as I have never liked cucumbers and I just couldn’t make myself try the cucumber sauce. But with they were delicious with the tomato soup!

  2. I grew up on these. We add chopped onion and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice or dash of lemon pepper. Fry them up in a little oil and serve them up on biscuits with mustard.

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