Tuna Patties: the recipe for an easy, light appetizer

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Tuna patties are a light, easy to make appetizer, ideal for those days when you just feel like having seafood. Their preparation is quite similar to that of the classic meatballs, but the tuna fillets in oil substitute the mince; once breadcrumbs, eggs and minced parsley are combined with the tuna, you’ll create oval, flattened patties to be coated with breadcrumbs and fried in extra virgin olive oil.

The result will be a golden brown, crispy patty with a soft inside that works just great for a family meal that will be equally loved by adults as well as children. You can also decide to create meatballs or croquettes and serve them as tasty starters for with a drink with friends, paired with a yogurt dip, mustard or mayo.

How to store Tuna Patties

Raw patties can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before being pan fried. Once cooked, you can store the patties for up to 2 days. You can heat them up for a few minutes in the oven, in the microwave, on a skillet or an air fryer.

tuna in oil, drained
300 g (2 1/3 cups)
bread, crumb
60 g (1 cup)
parsley, minced
1 tuft
mixed peppercorns
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp
for the coating

How to make Tuna Patties

Remove the soft part of the bread and crumble it.

Transfer the breadcrumbs and the minced parsley in a bowl and combine with the drained tuna.

Add the eggs and a pinch of freshly ground pepper. Mix thoroughly to combine all the ingredients.

Add 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and mix again; in case the mixture is still very soft and sticky, add some more.

Create 6 flattened, oval patties.

Dredge with flour, pressing it with your fingers so it sticks well.

Soak the patties in the previously beaten eggs.

Remove the patties from the egg mixture and coat in breadcrumbs, making sure the whole surface of each patty is covered well.

Heat up a skillet with the olive oil. You can test whether the oil has reached the temperature by throwing in a pinch of breadcrumbs: if they resurface and start bubbling, the oil will have reached the temperature. Gently lay the patties on the skillet. You will notice the formation of tiny bubbles around each patty. Let cook for a few minutes.

Flip the patties with the help of a spatula and a spoon. Cook on both sides until they turn golden brown. Transfer on a plate lined with kitchen paper, which will absorb the excess oil.

Transfer the patties on a tray and serve immediately, together with a green salad and a dip. Enjoy!

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