If you're looking for an easy and delicious way to serve tuna, you'll want to try these savory Tuna Croquettes.
Make your patties by combining chunky tuna, bread crumbs, veggies, eggs, and spices.
These pan-fried until golden-brown patties take no time to make and are perfect for that sack of tuna in your pantry.
Why This Tuna Croquette Recipe Works
SIMPLICITY – With straightforward ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe turns canned tuna into a gourmet experience.
TEXTURE PLAY – The exterior crunch of Panko breadcrumbs gives way to a tender, moist interior for a delightful contrast in every bite.
BOLD FLAVORS – The combination of Dijon mustard and lemon juice adds a zesty punch that complements the tuna perfectly.
What Are Croquettes?
Tuna croquettes are patties or rolls of white-flaked tuna combined with eggs, bread crumbs, vegetables, herbs, and spices. You can serve the croquettes either pan-fried or baked.
Please check the recipe card below for a detailed, printable ingredient list.
TUNA - Solid White Albacore tuna in water works great for this recipe.
VEGETABLES - Finely chopped bell pepper and celery.
HERBS & SPICES - Use a combination of fresh parsley (chives or dill works well), lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
BINDERS - Two large eggs and bread crumbs. I use traditional bread crumbs, but you can use panko bread crumbs instead.
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How To Make Tuna Croquettes
Please check the printable recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
- WHISK together eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- COMBINE the whisked mixture with drained tuna, chopped bell peppers, celery, parsley, and breadcrumbs.
- SHAPE the mixture into patties with your hands.
- FRY the patties in hot oil for 5-8 minutes on each side until golden brown, then serve.
Recipe Success Tips
CONSISTENT PATTY SIZE – Ensure each croquette is the same thickness for even cooking.
HOT PAN – The oil should be hot before adding the patties to achieve that perfect sear.
PATIENCE IS KEY – Resist the urge to flip the croquettes too soon; they need time to develop a crust.
DRAIN EXCESS OIL – After frying, let them rest on a paper towel to remove any excess oil for a cleaner taste.
TANGY DIP – A squeeze of lemon or a dollop of aioli, such as our Chipotle Dip on the side, brightens the dish.
GOURMET SANDWICH – Slide a croquette into a bun with lettuce and tomato for an upscale tuna burger.
SIDE OF SLAW – A tangy coleslaw complements the richness of the croquettes beautifully.
STORE – Keep the croquettes in an airtight container in the fridge; they'll stay delicious for up to three days.
FREEZE – For longer storage, wrap them individually, place them in a freezer-safe bag, and freeze them. They'll be a convenient treat ready to be reheated anytime.
REHEAT – Warm them in the oven at 350º Fahrenheit until heated through for a just-cooked taste. Avoid the microwave to keep the texture crisp.
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Eggs, Herbs & Spices
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- In a large bowl whisk eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Add the tuna, bell peppers, celery, parsley, and bread crumbs to the egg mixture and combine well. Use your hands shape the tuna mixture into patties.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in your frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties when the oil is hot.
- Cook the patties for 5-8 minutes until you see a golden-brown crust. Flip and repeat. Serve and enjoy.