Recipe: Easy Tuna Patties

recipe for easy tuna pattiesWhen I was in high school, I ate breakfast from the cafeteria with my friends. My favorite item on the menu was tuna patties with rice bento. It was so good that I usually bought a couple of these bentos to eat after school before I went to my after school activities. I tried to recreate it before but it didn’t turn out too well. I wanted to try again because I was craving some tuna patties and we had a bunch of canned tuna from back home (it’s the best!). I looked up various recipes but there was a lot of ingredients that I didn’t have in my pantry so I just used whatever I had. I wanted to add some vegetables to this dish (the ones from high school had carrots and potatoes) but all I had was a red bell pepper, which complemented the tuna perfectly.

Servings: 7 (I made 15 patties)
Time: 45 minutes
Cost: ~$10.00


  • 4 cans of drained canned tuna (oil or water but we used the one in oil): ~$8.00
  • Half of a red bell pepper cut into tiny cubes: ~$1.25
  • 3 eggs: ~$0.25
  • ~½ cup breadcrumbs: ~$.25
  • ~1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ~1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl by hand and shape into thin patties the same size as your palm. The patties should be no more than ½ inch thick and should all be roughly the same size for even cooking. Make sure to add the breadcrumbs a little at a time and the eggs one at a time because, depending on the canned tuna, you want to make sure that your mixture is not too dry or too wet.
  2. Pre-heat a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a flat pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Pan fry a couple of patties (I did three at a time) three minutes per side.
  4. Place patties on paper napkin to drain of excess oil.
  5. Serve with tartar sauce or a spicy mayo mixture (we used mayo, Sriracha, and some lemon juice).

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