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Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties

These Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties make for quick & easy lunch or dinner-using canned tuna fish, green onions, lemon juice, light mayo or Greek yogurt, seasonings, and breadcrumbs! These Tuna Patties are cooked in an air fryer or baked in the oven-making them a healthier alternative to fried tuna patties!

Makes 8 tuna patties

What ingredients do I need to make these Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties?

  • Albacore tuna fish in water- rinsed and drained. I use Kirkland brand from Costco. 
  • Large eggs-to bind the ingredients together. If you don’t have eggs as a zero point food item-you can use egg beaters to reduce the overall point value.
  • Light Kraft Mayo or non fat plain Greek yogurt– gives the tuna patties a creamy soft inside-you can use either (not both). I like to use light may for this particular recipe.
  • Lemon juice-for flavor.
  • Minced green onion-for flavor.
  • Garlic powder- for flavor.
  • Oregano– for flavor.
  • Dill weed – you can use fresh or dried dill weed.
  • Salt and Pepper- to taste.
  • Italian style bread crumbs– used for binding the tuna cakes.
  • Panko crumbs- used for the crust/top coat. 
  • Homemade Lightened Up Tarter Sauce-click HERE for the recipe. This is optional for serving

Why do I use two different kind of bread crumbs?

You will want to use the Italian style breadcrumbs for inside the tuna cakes- they help bind the eggs, and tuns together. The Panko crumbs are used for the crust and to coating the outside of the tuna patties. The Panko crumbs crisp up so much nicer than regular breadcrumbs and make them tuna patties crispy and golden brown.

How do I make these Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties?

In a medium size bowl, add tuna, eggs, light mayo, mined green onion, seasonings, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until well combined.

Add bread crumbs and mix together until well blended.

Shape the mixture into 8 patties-about 1/4 cup mixture per patty-then fatten it to shape into a patty. These patties can be made thinner or thicker depending on your desired preference.

Place the patties on a parchment-paper-lined plate and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until firm. This will make them easier to handle during cooking.

Place Panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl or plate and coat the outside of the tuna patties with the Panko bread crumbs.

Lightly spray each patty with cooking spray.

Air Fry Directions:

Set the air fryer to 390 degrees. Lightly spray the fry basket with cooking spray and working in batches if needed, add the patties to the basket in a single layer.

Cook for 4-6 minutes per side, about ( 10-12 minutes) or until each side is golden brown.

Serve warm with lightened up tartar sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.

Ingredients:

Top coating:

Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, add tuna, eggs, light mayo, mined onion, seasonings, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined. Add bread crumbs and mix together until well blended.
  2. Shape the mixture into 8 patties-about 1/4 cup mixture per patty-then fatten it to shape into a patty. These patties can be made thinner or thicker depending on your desired preference. 
  3. Place the patties on a parchment-paper-lined plate and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until firm. This will make them easier to handle during cooking.
  4. Place the Panko bread crumbs on a shallow plate and coat the outside of the tuna patties with the Panko bread crumbs.
  5. Lightly spray each patty with cooking spray.

Air Fry Directions:

  1. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees. Lightly spray the fry basket with cooking spray and working in batches if needed, add the patties to the basket in a single layer.
  2. Cook for 4-6 minutes per side, about ( 10-12 minutes) or until each side is golden brown.
  3. Serve warm with lightened up tartar sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.

Baked Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes, then transfer baking sheet to the top rack and set the oven to broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the tops of the tuna cakes are golden brown and have crisped up.
  3. Serve warm with lightened up tartar sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.

Author Notes:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat the leftovers using an air fryer. They will crisp nicely.  Reheat in the air fryer for about 3 minutes at 390 degrees until warmed through. If you do not have an air fryer, you can reheat them using a skillet on the stove with a little cooking spray. 

Makes 8 tuna patties

1 Point® per patty

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Yield: 8

Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties

Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties

These Air Fry or Baked Tuna Patties make for quick & easy lunch or dinner-using canned tuna fish, green onions, lemon juice, light mayo or Greek yogurt, seasonings, and breadcrumbs! These Tuna Patties are cooked in an air fryer or baked in the oven-making them a healthier alternative to fried tuna patties!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 32 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (7 oz.) cans or 3 ( 5 oz.) cans albacore tuna fish in water, rinsed and drained. I use the Kirkland brand from Costco. 
  • 2  large eggs or 1/4 egg beaters
  • 1/4 cup Light Kraft Mayo or non fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dry dill weed or 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • Homemade Lightened Up Tarter Sauce, optional for serving

Coating Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

    1. In a medium size bowl, add tuna, eggs, light mayo, mined onion, seasonings, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined. Add Italian style bread crumbs ( not panko) and mix together until well blended.
    2. Shape the mixture into 8 patties-about 1/4 cup mixture per patty-then fatten it to shape into a patty. These patties can be made thinner or thicker depending on your desired preference. 
    3. Place the patties on a parchment-paper-lined plate and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until firm. This will make them easier to handle during cooking.
    4. Place the Panko bread crumbs on a shallow plate and coat the outside of the tuna patties with the Panko bread crumbs.
    5. Lightly spray each patty with cooking spray.

    Air Fryer Directions:

    1. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees. Lightly spray the fry basket with cooking spray and working in batches if needed, add the patties to the basket in a single layer.
    2. Cook for 4-6 minutes per side, about ( 10-12 minutes) or until each side is nicely browned.
      Serve warm with lightened up tartar sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.

    Oven Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Bake for 10 minutes, then transfer baking sheet to the top rack and set the oven to broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the tops of the tuna cakes are golden brown and have crisped up.
    3. Serve warm with lightened up tartar sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.

    Makes 8 tuna patties

    1 Point® per patty

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 2 smartpoints per patty if using egg eaters or 3 smartpoints per patty if using light mayo and whole eggs BLUE/PURPLE: 1 smartpoint per patty if using light mayo or Greek yogurt and whole eggs

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat the leftovers using an air fryer. They will crisp nicely.  Reheat in the air fryer for about 3 minutes at 390 degrees until warmed through. If you do not have an air fryer, you can reheat them using a skillet on the stove with cooking spray.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 119gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 17gNet Carbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

Jill

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

These Tuna Patties were so delicious! Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside! So good with your tartare sauce and a squeeze of lemon!

Marge Ryan

Friday 13th of May 2022

Would this be just as good with canned salmon?

Asheley

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Can I use canned crab instead of tuna?

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 16th of May 2022

Hi Asheley

Yes! This recipe can be made with canned crab, salmon, or shrimp.

Thank you

Melissa

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

I only use panko, so what would happen if I use panko in and out of tuna patties?

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