How to make the best, crispy tuna cakes with lemon and garlic.

Lemon Garlic Tuna Cakes recipe

The best and easy patties made with canned tuna, lemon juice and zest, garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, mayo and shredded Parmesan. Quick and delicious tuna cakes for lunch or light dinner! More easy recipe:
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, tuna
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 cakes
Calories 142 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 5 oz. cans of tuna in water well drained
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
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  1. Start by draining canned tuna from water. I use a small colander to do that.
  2. Next, combine it with garlic, onion, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest, egg, breadcrumbs, mayo, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and dried parsley. Mix well.
  3. Combine remaining breadcrumbs and grated cheese in a shallow dish. Scoop 1/4 cup of tuna mixture, form into a patty and lightly coat with breading mixture.
  4. Fry cake in pan with oil, until nicely browned on each side. Remove from pan and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with spinach or other greens, additional lemon wedge or even simple aioli.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: cook (or bake) and cool completely. Then arrange on a large baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Next, remove from the sheet and place in a ziploc bag. Seal well by squeezing out as much air as possible. Label the bags and place in a freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Tuna Cakes recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 302mg13%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.