Potato Tuna Patties

My daughters have a fondness for tuna in all its forms, often requesting the “pink-colored meat” with enthusiasm. To keep things interesting, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to serve it. Creating these Potato Tuna Patties has proven to be one of the most successful approaches.

These tuna patties are easy to make, using simple ingredients you have in your pantry and fridge, and pretty quick too. You can even have your potatoes boiled one day before and save some more time. Tuna in combination with mashed potato, corn, lemon, and green onion seems to be a winner for our family and I am certain it will be for you too. Just give them a try.

The beautiful thing about these potato tuna patties is that they can be served either for breakfast, lunch, or dinner alongside a fresh salad and your favorite dipping sauce, either as an appetizer. They keep well refrigerated and can be used for the next day’s meal, either warm or cold.

How to make potato tuna patties

Start by mashing the boiled potatoes using a potato masher until smooth. Next, add the tuna flakes and mix them in with a fork. Then, incorporate the corn kernels, chopped spring onions, egg, and breadcrumbs into the mixture.

Finish by adding lemon zest and seasoning with salt and pepper, stirring well to ensure everything is thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 12 portions and shape them into patties. Coat each patty with breadcrumbs by pressing them gently onto each side.

In a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook the patties for approximately 3 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown. Once cooked, transfer the patties to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

If needed, clean the pan with a paper towel before repeating the cooking process for any remaining patties. Serve the patties with your favorite salad and sauce—we recommend trying them with our homemade chili jam for an extra kick of flavor.

Hope you will try these delightful potato tuna patties. If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy your delicious meal!

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Potato Tuna Patties

5 from 1 vote
Easy, quick recipe for potato tuna patties with simple ingredients everybody will love. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner or even as appetizer.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 10 oz (300) potatoes , boiled with their skin on and chilled
  • 1 can (7 oz- 185g) tuna in oil , drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 2 spring onions , chopped
  • 1 egg
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs , for coating


  • Mash the potatoes using a potato masher.
  • Add the tuna flakes and mix with a fork.
  • Add corn kernels, chopped spring onions, egg and breadcrumbs.
  • Finally add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.PotatoTunaPatties_step9PotatoTunaPatties_step10
  • Divide mixture into 12 portions. Shape them into patties. Place breadcrumbs on a plate and add the patties to coat.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat in a nonstick pan. Cook patties for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer the patties to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil. Clean the pan with a paper towel and repeat until all patties are done.
  • Serve with your favorite salad, and sauce. We served it with our homemade chilli jam.



Serving: 1 pattie out of 12Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 6.3gProtein: 6.5gFat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 23mgSugar: 0.7g
Calories: 89kcal
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish cakes, potato patties, potato tuna cakes, potato tuna patties, tuna appetizer, tuna cakes, tuna patties

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  1. nisreen Author says:

    simple and easy to follow steps… to very yummy gourmet-looking dish… thanks for sharing ur recipe:)

  2. Liz Author says:

    Your tuna patties look fantastic. Bill would love them, too, so I’ll keep them in mind for Lent when it’s hard to find meatless meals that we both enjoy!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    I love tuna too, and this looks so easy to put together! Think it’s a great dish for lunch box too!

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen Author says:

    My son and I love tuna! Love that you combined tuna with potatoes to make patties. Can’t wait to try these!

  5. Joy Author says:

    I’m betting it would work with mashed cauliflower, too!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I think so too, that's a good idea:)

  6. Connie Author says:

    Tuna and potatoes, my two favorite kinds of food combined together! I just made this for my family since they were too tired to cook a real dinner, and they loved it! Even my mom, who’s not a tuna lover said it tasted delicious! Thank you so much Ella!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So happy to hear that Connie:) I am glad all the family loved it, and thank you for coming back with a review. Really appreciate.

  7. luzy Author says:

    i tried it with crab meat instead of tuna, it tatsed yummy

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Oh.. I am sure it tasted amazing. Glad you liked this idea.

  8. Salima Author says:

    Can you use tuna in brine?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sure.. it will be good

  9. Ali B Author says:

    Made these this evening for the first and they’re DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Tessa Author says:

    What would be the time and temperature if I wanted to cook these in the oven?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I would bake at 350F (180C) for about 20-30 mins?

  11. mayce Author says:

    This recipe is amazing! did it for fam and friends and they all loved it!

  12. Hi i just prepared these; as a variation i used:
    Juice of 1 fresh lemon (replaces zest)
    1 x Pre-sautèd brown onion diced cooked with minced garlic
    2 cups grated chedder cheese

    Ill come back and let you know how they taste

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      hope you have enjoyed them

  13. Jillian Author says:

    Can’t wait to try this. How much salt and pepper did you use?

  14. setasore Author says:

    that’s a very delicious recipe i tried it before it was amazing

  15. Harriet Author says:

    I tried the recipe using two cans of tuna, and loved it. Thanks

  16. Travis Author says:

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Is there a trick so tuff patties don’t crumble when handling? I found that breading them without them crumbling was a bit tricky, even if I chilled the “dough” in y fridge for a while beforehand and coated my hands with flour

  17. marie Author says:

    This is such an amazing recipe. Gonna try it today for sure ????

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