Fried Tuna Patties

My Momma used to make these all the time when I was growing up.  She always told me that when she was a little girl, her Momma would make them too.  It was a Christmas Eve tradition when my mom was a little girl and her Momma used canned salmon.  My Momma preferred tuna.  My husband likes salmon.  My kids think it’s chicken.  Just go with it, yo.  It’s up to you what you’d like to try with this recipe.

Growing up, we ate this a lot during Lent.  It’s perfect!  Also, my boys (ages 5, 3,  and 1)  LOVE it.  I tell them it’s chicken…cuz what they don’t know won’t hurt ’em 😉

I accidently bought tuna in veg. oil. YUCK. I rinsed it thouroughly b/f I added it to the recipe :)

Dice ’em.

Boil ’em

Drain ’em.

Smash ’em.

Combine drained tuna, potatoes….

Add egg(s)….(I added one more just didn’t take a pic)

Using a fork, mix it up until eggs are incorporated.

Add flour….mixing after each tablespoon.

Form ’em

Flour their butts’

Flour their heads’…

Heat up some oil. (1/4-1/2 inch deep)

Fry ’em up. Mmm Mmmm. There is nothing like the sizzle of food in a fresh batch of oil. Boy Howdy.

Give ’em room to breathe, y’all….

After 5-7 minues-ish…flip ’em. Bask in the glory of that brown crust. Fry baby, fry…

Serve with some ketchup.  I whipped up some sweet-potato fries and a salad too.  Now THAT’S good ‘eatin’.


Good Heavens. Lenten Sacrifice? I. think. not.


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Fried Tuna Patties
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Serves: 4
  • Small can of tuna
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil
  1. In general, the ideal ratio is 1 can tuna, 1 medium potato, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon flour. If you want to make more, which is what I did here...I used 2 cans of tuna, 2 potatoes, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons flour. You get the picture.
  2. Peel and chop and boil the potatoes until just tender.
  3. Smash potatoes with a fork or pastry cutter until slightly lumpy.
  4. Drain tuna and dump into bowl. Add potatoes, egg(s), salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon flour per can of tuna. Mix well. Shape into patties in your hand and dredge in flour.
  5. Heat a large skillet with ½ inch vegetable or canola oil on medium high heat. Place patties 1-2 inches apart in a pan and fry about 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and enjoy!

Drain on paper towel and enjoy!



  1. Oh, Liz….these look so good! I have everything but the tuna. I’m gonna pick some up tomorrow and make these for dinner tomorrow night! I love your recipes and look forward to you posting them!

    • Elizabeth says:

      You’ll love ’em…i HOPE! LOL!!! We tend to like the same kind of food 🙂 Thanks for commenting girl!

  2. These look SO delish! I would love the tutorial on the sweet potato fries, too! 😉

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Ginny! Here’s my top secret sweet potato fries: go to Sam’s and buy the bad of ore Ida sweet potato fries in the freezer section. OLLLLD family recipe..don’t tell! LOL!

  3. Krista H. says:

    Hi, Liz! Love the website. It’s really looking good. Just thought I’d write a comment on this post because I think I’m going to try these. I really miss salmon patties because I haven’t found any good gluten-free breadcrumbs. I do have some good gluten-free flour though & I the addition of potatoes is perfect! I’ll let you know how it comes out.

    • Elizabeth says:

      AWW! Thanks for commenting! Let me know if that turns out well! I’d love to let reader know there’s a gluten-free option. Lots of people are doing that nowadays! Thanks for the countless hours of your husband for helping me with the site 🙂 Wouldn’t be what it is w/o him!

  4. I came across your recipe when I Googled “Tuna Patties”, I made them for dinner tonight and my kids really liked them. I looked at your other recipes too and they look delicious – I can’t wait to try them. I read your “About Me” section and loved the honesty.

  5. Hi Elizabeth, my name is Teri from Toronto 🙂 I also ‘googled’ fried tuna patties and it lead me to your site 🙂 Love it! I am pleased to say that your recipe rocked!…I floured the heads and butts 😛 I also added onion and celery and hmmmyummmm they are sooo good. Thanks for sharing!

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