Easy Tuna and Potato Patties

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These Easy Tuna and Potato Patties are a great dinner option that the whole family will enjoy. I was making these Tuna Patties long before I started the blog. They are a favourite of mine and with just 6 main ingredients they are a simple, yet flavoursome meal.

We’ve all had those days when life spirals out of control. When it’s time to make dinner, you open the fridge door and there’s “nothing” to eat. So don’t despair, these Easy Tuna and Potato Patties are a life saver. If you have a can of tuna in your pantry you have the makings of a meal.

Why you’ll love these Easy Tuna and Potato Patties:

Canned tuna is a budget-friendly item and it is a staple in my pantry.

If I have a can of tuna I know that I will soon have a meal. You can use it to make a dip, in a salad, with pasta, risotto, for a curry and numerous other ways. My preference is to use canned tuna in oil. I find that the tuna is moist and has more flavour than that which is packed in water.

My Easy Tuna and Potato Patties make a perfectly delicious dinner. It is, in fact, a very useful recipe to have up your sleeve.

How to make the Easy Tuna and Potato Patties:

To begin, I boil some cubed potato until tender. After draining well I mash the potato. To the potato I add drained tuna, chopped onion, an egg and chopped parsley. I season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. I place the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Finally, I shape the mixture into patties, coat in finely ground cornmeal and shallow-fry until crisp and golden. I prefer to use cornmeal rather than breadcrumbs.  The cornmeal adds texture and crunch and means that these Tuna Patties are gluten-free.

You may feel that the egg has made the mixture quite moist but it plays an important role in helping the mixture stay together.

The greatest risk that you face with the Tuna Patties is that they fall apart when cooking. To ensure that this does not happen I have a few tips:

  • Drain the tuna well – you want to rid it of as much moisture as possible.
  • Ensure the potatoes are well-drained then leave them in the hot saucepan for a minute or two to further dry out.
  • Do not attempt to make the patties too large. I use an ice cream scoop to get even sized patties. I shape the patties by pushing them firmly together with my hands.
  • Chilling the mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes helps it to firm up before frying.
  • When frying the patties, don’t move them around. Let them firm up before turning them. If possible, only turn them once.

When it comes to serving:

My Easy Tuna and Potato Patties are a great dinner option for the whole family.

They have a deliciously crunchy exterior and a flavoursome interior. I like to serve them with a wedge of lemon and a salad, such as my Broccoli Stem Salad, Quinoa Tabouli or Pumpkin, Cranberry and Almond Salad. Alternatively, I like them in a burger bun with a generous dollop of mayonnaise, a few slices of tomato and shredded lettuce. It’s a great change from the usual beef burger.

More suggestions for these ingredients:

Please let me know in the comments below if you make these Tuna Patties. Enjoy!
Alex and Faye xx

Easy Tuna and Potato Patties

5 from 41 votes

Easy Tuna and Potato Patties

Turn a can of tuna into Easy Tuna and Potato Patties which have a crisp, crunchy exterior and a tender, flavoursome interior. This is a great budget dinner option that the whole family can enjoy. It is a tasty meal made with staples from the pantry. It is a meal which is quick to make and is easily put together after a busy day.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Keyword burgers, delicious, easy, fish, patties, potato, seafood, simple, tuna, tuna patties
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Fridge Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 patties
Calories 193 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 large potato about 200g
  • 425 g can of tuna in oil drained well
  • 1 medium brown onion finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal/polenta for coating
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for frying


  1. Peel the potato and cut into cubes.

  2. Place the potato in a small saucepan and add enough cold water to just cover the potato. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the water. Over high heat bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if they are cooked. It should easily slide into the potato.

  3. Drain the potato when cooked. Return the potato to the empty saucepan for a minute or two to dry further in the residual heat.

  4. Add the potato to a medium size bowl and mash with a fork.

  5. Add the well-drained tuna and finely chopped onion and mix together.

  6. Add the egg and parsley and mix well. The tuna pieces should have broken down to a fairly fine texture.

  7. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the mixture to firm up.

  8. Shape the mixture into small balls and then flatten into patties, shaping them firmly with your hands. I used an ice cream scoop to make even sized patties.

  9. Place the cornmeal/polenta on a large plate. 

  10. Coat the patties evenly in the cornmeal and then move to a separate plate.

  11. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan until it is hot but not smoking. Gently add the patties to the pan and cook about 3 minutes each side until the exterior is crisp and golden. Avoid moving the patties around, they are fragile. Leave them to cook and firm up. Turn only once if possible. 

  12. Cook the Tuna Patties in batches if necessary. Place the first batch on a plate lined with kitchen paper and keep warm in a low oven.

  13. Serve the Tuna Patties with a wedge of lemon and my Quinoa Tabouli or Pumpkin, Cranberry and Almond Salad.

    Alternatively, they make a great burger. Place them in a burger roll with mayonnaise, tomato slices and shredded lettuce. 

Recipe Notes

*The Australian tablespoon is 20ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 15ml or 3 teaspoons. You may need to adjust the amount accordingly
*I have used regular polenta, not the instant variety.
*If you prefer, you could add dill instead of parsley. I like spice so I add cayenne pepper or chilli flakes. To add a fresh flavour, you could try some lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tuna and Potato Patties
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy Tuna and Potato Patties
Easy Tuna and Potato Patties - It's Not Complicated Recipes #easy #tuna #patties #potato #appetisers #salad
Easy Tuna and Potato Patties - It's Not Complicated Recipes #easy #tuna #patties #potato #appetisers #salad

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210 Comments on “Easy Tuna and Potato Patties”

    1. 5 stars
      I use tuna a lot. It really is cheap and a great way to stretch your family food budget. It’s always good to find new delicious recipes like this one. I’m definitely trying it out this summer.

      1. Hi Jennifer, there are so many ways to enjoy a can of tuna. I make sure I always have it on hand. Please let me know if you make the patties. 🙂

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  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! These are a thing of beauty. And I bet they taste incredible – so EASY! And crispy – YUM!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments Nicolas. They are a great light meal, or, as you suggest, they work well made a little smaller and served as an appetiser. 🙂

  5. I love the fact that an ice cream scoop can be used for so many things – I use mine all the time for measuring out batter for cupcakes and muffins.

    I will have to ask my husband if this sounds interesting to him…maybe even teach our teen to make it.

  6. I love any kind of seafood patty and these look so yummy (and gluten-free!)–and with ingredients I always have on hand.

  7. Oh this is a delicious and healthy looking patty! This could also be a “recycle” dish from left over mashed potatoes! Yum. I am making this soon! Thank you for the meal suggestion.

  8. This is such an easy meal idea! We always have tuna and potatoes in the house, so it’s a sustainable way to use all the ingredients you have. A great recipe idea.

    1. I hope you’ve had a great Easter Lorraine. This is my fallback recipe when I’ve had a big day. I always have the ingredients in the pantry. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    We have ‘Fish Fridays’ every week at home and it can get a bit boring…. this is something a bit different I might try this week. I think the kids will devour these !

    1. This recipe is easily prepared from store cupboard ingredients, and I’ve generally found that children also enjoy them. Let me know if you make them. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    For some reason, we don’t eat tuna all that often. I enjoy it, but I just never think about it! And when we do, it’s typically tuna salad sandwiches (also delicious!)…but now I need to try these patties. This sound super delicious, and I love how easy they are to make. That’s also a great tip about refrigerating them before frying. Totally need to try this next time canned tuna is on sale! 🙂

    1. Yes, stock up on that canned tuna David; there are soooooo many ways to use it. 🙂 I do agree, a tuna salad sandwich is delicious. I also love it with pasta, rice, or in a curry. Stay tuned for the recipes. 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve made a similar dish using canned salmon which tasted just like crab cakes! I can’t wait to try your recipe! The tip about not moving it around when cooking is especially key for sure!

    1. Me too Ashli, life is so busy that we need some speedy recipes in our repertoire. This is one of my favourites as I always have the ingredients on hand. I do hope that you enjoy them. 🙂

  12. It does look like quite an interesting recipe. Kind of like some potato pancakes I make with the addition of tuna to the mix. I would be curious about trying them out. Maybe go with a little dollop of sour cream.

  13. 5 stars
    I am raising my hand over here because I am a total fan of this recipe. I just love all things FISH!!! I would make these with sweet potatoes! 🙂

    1. Thank you GiGi, although I haven’t tried them with sweet potatoes I think the recipe would work well. I look forward to hearing how you enjoy them. 🙂

  14. I’ve made a lot of tuna patties, I try to eat seafood twice a week. But I have never had them with potatoes. I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m on a hunt for new ingredients so they aren’t boring every time.

  15. I am not allowed to eat potato but this recipe looks yum. I will try it with sweet potato..how do you think it will turn out to be tasty?

  16. This is such a lovely recipe that shouldn’t be missed. I like how simple and not too confusing it is. Certainly a must try.

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  18. I make tuna patties often but have never made them with potatoes …….pinned , printed and making SOON 🙂

  19. They look delicious, the best part is most people have these ingredients in their pantry with little clue about what to do with the stuff.

  20. 5 stars
    Glad to learn another interesting dish here. I just open a can a tuna for the toast yesterday and it is great to pick up another way to make good tuna dish beside the boring toast with bread.

  21. 5 stars
    Those sound really good. I make salmon patties all the time, and these have a very similar vibe to them. I think my family is going to love them.

  22. What a unique dish. Sounds delicious, and it is nice to have some different ideas for meals, since we are stuck in a rut when it comes to meal time!

  23. Wow this looks delicious! I like that it is also pretty easy and simple to make. I love tuna and potatoes so I’ll have to try this.

  24. Oh my goodness, this looks like such a delicious recipe (although I’d switch out for a plant-based “tuna”)! With so many autumn parties coming up in the near future, this would be a great thing to make when either hosting your own, or being invited to someone else’s!

    1. They are a great replacement for beef patties Elizabeth. In fact, I have sometimes made burgers with them, adding lettuce and mayo, etc. 🙂

  25. 5 stars
    Nice recipe! I’m on vacation in the Bahamas and my mom just had fish cakes similar to these! She loved them. I will show her this recipe!

  26. 5 stars
    These two sounds so good together..!
    I love healthier options, I would definitely try this sometime.

  27. I would be glad to know how to make this! Looks really good and yummy! I love recipes with tuna because it is one of my favorite dishes! So exciting to try

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