Tuna Patties

Croquetas de Atún

Enjoy our recipe for Mexican style tuna patties, croquetas de atun. They are prepared with chopped onion and cilantro and you can add some serrano pepper if you want them spicy.

We like to serve them topped with our cilantro lime dressing. Other great options are our fish taco sauce or chipotle lime yogurt dressing.

Plate of Mexican tuna patties (croquettes).

Preparation is quick and easy using pantry staples. You can have the patties and dressing prepared in under 30 minutes with little fuss. They are kid-friendly and easy on the budget.

Mexican tuna patties served on a green salad.

How to Make

These patties come together quickly with economical pantry staples.

Ingredients:

  • canned tuna (water-packed)
  • eggs
  • onion
  • cilantro
  • breadcrumbs
  • cooking oil
  • salt
Ingredients on cutting board to make tuna patties.

Finely chop the cilantro and onion.

Two Bowls of Chopped Onion and Cilantro

Drain the tuna. Press to remove as must liquid as possible.

Canned tuna in strainer over sink.

Put the tuna, onion, cilantro, and salt in a mixing bowl.

Canned Tuna with Onion and Cilantro in Mixing Bowl

Mix until the ingredients are evenly dispersed.

Tuna Cilantro and Onion Mix in Mixing Bowl.

Place an egg-sized scoop of tuna mixture in the palm of your hand and form into a tight patty. Do this with all of the mixture.

Hand-forming Tuna Patties.

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl then dip each patty in the egg.

Coating Tuna patties in Egg Mixture.

After dipping each patty in the egg coat the patty in breadcrumbs.

Coating Tuna Patties in Breadcrumbs.

Place the coated patties on a plate until they are coated.

Ready-to-cook tuna patties on yellow plate.

Fry the patties in 1/2 cup cooking oil over medium-high heat.

Frying tuna patties.

Turn once when frying. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Frying tuna patties until golden brown.

Place the cooked patties on paper towels or paper napkins to remove any excess oil.

Tuna patties draining on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Serve the patties on a bed of lettuce with our cilantro lime dressing. Recipe Below.

Tuna Patties and green salad.

This is a great dish to serve on Meatless Mondays or for Lent.

Alternate Names

  • Tuna Croquettes
Closeup of Tuna Patties with Cilantro Lime Sauce
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Tuna Patties Recipe

Mexican style tuna patties, "croquetas de atun" prepared with chopped onion and cilantro and topped with cilantro lime dressing. Also known as tuna croquettes.
Course Fish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword canned tuna, tuna recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 396kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla

Equipment

  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen spoon
  • mixing bowl
  • Frying pan

Ingredients

Tuna Patties

  • 4 5 oz. cans tuna water packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper optional
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

Serving

  • 8 leaves iceberg lettuce hand torn
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dressing recipe below

Instructions

Tuna Patties

  • Finely chop the onion and cilantro.
  • Drain the tuna. Press to remove as must liquid as possible.
  • Put the tuna, onion, cilantro, and salt in a mixing bowl then mix until the ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  • Place an egg-sized scoop of tuna mixture in the palm of your hand and form into a tight patty. Repeat until all of the tuna mixture is used.
  • Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl then dip each patty in the egg.
  • After dipping each patty in the egg coat the patty in breadcrumbs.
  • Place the coated patties on a plate until the are all have been coated.
  • Fry the patties in 1/2 cup cooking oil over medium-high heat. Turn once when frying. Cook until both sides are golden brown.
  • Place the cooked patties on paper towels or paper napkins to remove any excess oil.

Serving

  • Shred the lettuce leaves by hand and serve 2 patties on a bed of lettuce with our cilantro lime dressing for each person. Recipe Below.

Notes

Optional
Add 1 serrano pepper, seeds and veins removed and finely chopped if you want the patties to be a little spicy. 
Storage
Patties are best when eaten immediately but will keep a couple of days in the refrigerator. Reheat to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 2patties | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3mg
Mexican cilantro lime dressing in serving bowl.
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Cilantro Lime Dressing

Creamy cilantro lime dressing. Greek yogurt gives the dressing body, fresh cilantro, garlic, and lime the bright tangy taste.
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Cilantro lime Dressing, Cilantro sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Resting time 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 139kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla

Equipment

  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Blender
  • Serving bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (about 12 sprigs) loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the cilantro well and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Remove the stems and discard.
  • Roughly chop the cilantro.
  • Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend for 1 minute.
  • Refrigerate and allow to rest for 2 hours before serving.

Notes

Substitutions
  • Apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar.
  • Plain unsweetened yogurt for the Greek yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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