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Dinner on a Dime! - Tuna Croquettes 

So the challenge to myself was to take something really inexpensive and make something really delicious. Looking in my cabinets I saw the cans of tuna and thought "well it doesn't get more affordable than that" (well besides ramen noodles).  Then I thought about crab cakes, then salmon croquette and then it hit me "Tuna Croquettes!".  It really is just like a crab cake with tuna, and a lot less "cake".  I used green peppers and onions but really you could add whatever you wanted. ie: red peppers, yellow peppers, shallots etc.  I think I'm going to try an Asian version with scallions, ginger. Use your imagination!

This is another light meal that can be eaten alone or maybe with rice or a nice salad.  If you make the patties really small you can evan use these as an appetizer since they're pretty light.  


First start with two 5 oz cans of solid white tuna.  In my haste I grabbed the tuna packed in oil (ugh) but when you make it be sure to get the tuna packed in water.


Drain the water (or in my case oil, again, ugh) from the cans.


Empty the tuna into a medium sized bowl.


Using a fork, shred the tuna and break down some of those larger chunks.  Set aside.


Grab a green pepper and onion.


Cut the onion into a fine dice, I only used half.


Do the same with the pepper, here I only used a small piece of that large pepper.  You can add as much or as little as you like.



Add the pepper and onion to the bowl.


Grab some dijon mustard, I love this honey dijon mustard by Jack Daniels.


Add 2 tablespoons of the honey dijon mustard.


Add two eggs and mix.


Now its time to add the breadcrumbs.  


Grab your seasonings (and salt, not pictured)


Add salt and seasonings to the bowl.


Now its time to form the croquettes.  Using your hands just grab handfuls of the tuna mixture and form small patties.


Now they're ready for the pan.



The pan doesn't need much oil, this is just a light fry.  I added about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Make sure you get the pan good and hot over medium high heat.



Add the croquettes to the pan and lightly fry on each side until golden brown on both sides.  About 1-1.5 minutes per side. 




Yummy! Make some for lunch or dinner!


Tuna Croquettes

Print this recipe!

2 5-oz cans Solid White Albacore Tuna in water

¼ c chopped onion

¼ c chopped green pepper

2 tbsp honey Dijon mustard

1 tsp salt

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp cracked black pepper

1 tbsp of lemon or lime juice

Couple dashes of hot sauce (optional)

2 eggs

¼ cup plain Panko Bread Crumbs (I used 4C brand)

Oil for sauté



Drain all water from the tuna then empty tuna into a bowl and shred with a fork.  Add pepper, onion, mustard, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, lemon/lime juice and hot sauce then mix.  Crack and beat the two eggs into a small bowl, then add to tuna.  Finally add the bread crumbs and mix to combine.  Mixture should just hold together, not too tight.

Add about two tablespoons of oil to a frying pan and preheat over medium high heat.  Meanwhile, form the tuna mixture into small patties and arrange on a plate.  Carefully place tuna patties in pan and fry until golden brown, about 1-2 min.  Flip and fry other side until golden brown as well, about another minute.  Repeat until all patties are cooked.  Place the croquettes on a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.  You can enjoy these alone, with rice, or a nice salad.  Eat and enjoy!




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My mother, many years ago, would make these on Sunday mornings. She would serve them with scrambled eggs and buttered grits. Oh, how delicious those mornings were. Brought back pleasant memories.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

This sounds so good especially with the grits & scrambled eggs. I am in Ghana, West Africa from Los Angeles and growing up I remember my grandmother making different things with salmon croquetts. I've developed such a bad habit of always eating out. The prices are extremely expensive these days in Ghana & the food is hardly ever really good. Although, I try to make sure that every place I perform, I get a meal however, nothing beats food cooked with love. I have come to realize most of these cooks have lost their passion for cooking ( maybe their pay is too low or maybe the hours too long). Sometimes the food taste like they despise what they are doing. Well, today, I decided I would cook for myself and I know my tuna croquetts will turn out marvelous! Now, what should I make to go with them......? It has to be simple & not so time consuming. I've got to get busy with my music. But then again, I've got to be happy with something good and nutritious in my body & on my brain!

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterToni Manieson

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