This delicious blackened tuna patty can be served as an appetizer, lunch or part of a healthy dinner. Easy to make, this tuna patty can be mild or spicy.
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Substitute 1 tablespoon of hot chili sauce for 1 tablespoon of salad dressing if you want a spicy patty.
- 1 ½ slices of bread (only if making bread crumbs)
- 1 can (5 ounces) tuna (packed in water), drained
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 1/3 cup diced or shredded vegetables (like carrots, celery, peppers or zucchini)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons light salad dressing (like ranch)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
- Nonstick cooking spray
To make homemade bread crumbs (optional):
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Place 1 1/2 slices of bread on a cookie sheet. Bake the bread in the oven until it dries and crumbles easily.
- Place the bread slices in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and crush the bread.
- Store leftover bread crumbs in an airtight container in the freezer.
To make blackened tuna patty:
- Mix tuna, onion, vegetables, dressing and garlic powder in a bowl. Add the beaten egg and light salad dressing.
- Stir the bread crumbs into the mixture. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
- Wash hands. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Each patty should be about 1/3” thick and 3” wide.
- Heat a skillet on medium heat. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray when it is hot.
- Cook the patties for 2-3 minutes. Turn patties over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Cook until patties are browned and 145°F.*
*To test the temperature of thin items – such as hamburger or fish patties, steaks, chops or chicken breasts – insert an instant read thermometer into the side so 2-3” of the stem is in the center of the food and away from fat or bone.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Spend Smart Eat Smart, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Serving size: 1 patty
|Total Fat 3.5g|
|Saturated Fat 0.5g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbs 10g|
|Dietary Fiber 1g|
|2%||Vitamin D 0.3mcg|
*Percent Daily Values are included where available. They are based on a 2,000
calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.