Asian Tuna Patties

This is a great weeknight meal for a couple of reasons.  First of all, you use canned tuna, so there is a good chance you have most of the ingredients in your pantry/fridge already.  Secondly, you can put the patties together in the AM and let them sit in the fridge all day and then just fry them up before dinner.  It’s pretty healthy too.  I used low sodium water packed albacore tuna from Trader Joe’s.  The end result has a ton of flavor and you can definitely taste the Asian flavors.  I drizzle some Gyoza Sauce (Trader Joe’s) over top to finish them off and they are SOOOOOO good!

I just wanted to take a moment to point out the components of this plate.  This is my new philosophy in easy/healthy for weeknight meals.  On any given night only one component of my meal requires any sort of a recipe.  So with this meal, the Tuna Patties were my recipe component and required some “putting together” and then I cut up some veggies and I used Trader Joe’s Potstickers which takes virtually no effort (by the way if you have a TJ’s near you, then you MUST try their potstickers and gyoza sauce – they rock!!)  If I were doing a potato recipe for an evening and it required some extra effort, I might serve it with some grilled chicken with a super simple marinade and some grilled veggies.  If the veggies were the star I might just slice up some whole wheat bread and pour some olive oil for dipping.  I  found that I was often trying to put together three different recipes some evenings and it got crazy and then mean mommy came out.  So now my rule is one recipe and two simple sides…you get the picture.  That is how I get through a weeknight meal. I have been doing raw veggies as the side a lot lately and my kids actually love them (with a little ranch dip of course.)

So definitely try these tuna patties. You will NOT be dissappointed…actually, you will be very pleasantly surprised.  You may find that they crumble a little bit when you are forming them into patties.  I have contemplated adding another egg or more breadcrumbs, but I always find that in the end once you get them fried up they hold together quite nicely – just be gentle.  You can probably also play around with the ingredients a bit.  If you don’t have everything you could probably just add a little bit more Teriyaki sauce.  If you don’t have the green onions you could probably add some chopped whole onions or chives (although I do think that the green onions are key in this recipe.)  Definitely try to have cornmeal when you make this, too, as it gives the patties a nice texture and crispy crust when you fry them.

**Do you have any tips for making weeknight meals easier??**

Asian Tuna Patties


2 6oz cans of tuna, drained and flaked (try to get the best tuna you can and low-sodium if you can find it)
1 egg beaten
3/4 c panko bread crumbs
3 green onions, minced
1 clove garlic peeled and minced
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Combine the tuna, egg, panko, green onions and garlic.  In another bowl mix the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, ketchup, sesame oil and pepper.  Blend into the tuna mixture.  You can form about 6 patties with this mixture.  Sprinkle each patty with the cornmeal making sure to coat all over.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Fry each patty about 5 minutes on each side until you get a nice golden crust.


Hey! Fun Fridays will be back tomorrow and we have an AWESOME drink recipe lined up!


  1. These look great! I love finding creative ways to use tuna…thank you so much for sharing. I love your tip about only following a recipe for one component of a meal.

  2. I like seeing tuna used for unique meals like this. Nice job, Becki!

  3. “A nice golden crust” – perfect 🙂 I really should try some patties sometime. I love fish and this would be a nice change with vegetables.

  4. This is a great spin on tuna patties, looks really really good! I’m definitely putting this one on the recipe to-try list 🙂 p.s. the picture of the finished dinner plate is beautiful!

  5. Dasrepmarcsr says:

    How much cornmeal did you use exactly? You had 1/2 cornmeal, but not the measurement to say what the 1/2 is of

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