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Simple Delicious Tuna Patties

April 6, 2020

Target Healthy Eating

With much of the world in quarantine mode, we're all preparing meals under a certain amount of stress. We no longer have easy access to all the ingredients, we might want to use. With this in mind, we want to share with you, easier recipes with fewer ingredients, that we're getting great pleasure from. These tuna patties were made with items we already had on our kitchen shelves and spices we used regularly. Although, we live in an area where groceries were easily purchased, things have changed. We have to plan way ahead, and put an order into a specific time slot, which we don't receive until one week later, or more. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


  • Two 6-ounce cans tuna
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup fresh or stale bread torn into small pieces, or substitute with Panko, or any flour, or left-over rice, or crushed crackers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid from the cans of tuna
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh shallots or 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves ground with 3 anchovy fillets
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch chili flakes
  • 1 drop Worcester sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 scallions, well chopped
  • Chopped chives for garnish (optional)
We had all of these simple ingredients, on our kitchen shelves, way before the pandemic struck. Hopefully, we'll be able to replace ingredients, like these. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs then set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then set aside. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

2. Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using tuna packed in water, reserve a Tablespoon of the tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the tuna mixture in the next step.

Chopping onion and some extra garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
With mortar & pestle, we're grinding the anchovies, together with garlic cloves. I like to use anchovies wherever possible, instead of salt. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Decided to add more garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
After trimming the scallions, we'll chop them well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chopping fresh parsley. Feel free to substitute another herb you prefer, or is easier to obtain. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

3. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except for the whisked eggs. Taste the mixture before adding the eggs to see if it needs more seasoning to your taste. Finally, add the whisked eggs and mix, so all the ingredients are well combined.

Slowly adding all ingredients, except for the eggs. Add the tuna first, then crumbs, or flour, or Panko or crushed crackers, or whatever you wish, that's the consistency of Panko. Then chopped onion, garlic-anchovy paste, extra garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Adding well chopped scallions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just added fresh parsley. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
You can zest the lemon right into the bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
You can squeeze the lemon juice, right into the bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

4. Divide the mixture into 4 to 6 parts, depending on how large you want each patty to be. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place all the patties onto a tray, lined with wax paper. Put into refrigerator for an hour. Chilling, helps the patties stay together when you cook them.

Here are the number of tuna patties you can get from this recipe, so plan accordingly. If you double the recipe, you'll have made dinner and lunch for the next day, plus maybe a snack or two. These patties are delicious. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

5. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over a medium high flame. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Starting to cook the tuna patties and they smell wonderful! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Flip over and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Serve with wedges of lemon and your favorite garden salad, or simply slices of tomato and carrot sticks, with a side dish of lentils, or rice or baked potato.

Cloudy Bay is a delicious (well priced) savignon blanc, well chilled, that we had with the tuna patties, a baked stuffed potato, garden salad with avocado and grape tomatoes. Dessert was a simple jello cake with cool whip. Stay safe, dear friends and join hands with us, to all of you around the world. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Bon Appetit!

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