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.

Servings: 4

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.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings

Serving size: 1 patty

Amount per 1 patty



% DV*
Total Fat 3.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 360mg
Total Carbs 10g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 
Protein 11g
2% Vitamin D 0.3mcg
2% Calcium 26mg
6% Iron 1mg
1% Potassium 70mg

*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.