Easy Tuna and Potato Patties

Tuna and Potato Patties, or tuna fish cakes, the ideal last minute appetizer that can feed a hungry crowd. Ridiculously easy to make, these patties are a great way of using up leftover mashed potatoes, and also sneak in some good old tinned tuna. 

Overhead view of a platter with 7 tuna and potato patties

You have probably had enough of my daily struggles to get my toddler to eat a wider range of foods.

Not easy, l let you know! But, and that’s so exciting l feel like jumping around with joy, l think l might have figured out a way to get her to eat things she gladly refuses whenever offered.

Yes, that’s right! Patties!!! I should have thought of it by now!!! I guess better later than never. Now, don’t think she eats the whole plate, but the fact that she grabs 1-2 and actually eats them, means a lot to me.

Back when she was around one year old, she used to like pasta with tomato sauce and tuna, but then she decided tuna (along with many others) was not her thing. And who has tuna now? I can’t believe it, l’m a genius 😂

A collag eof 4 photos to show how to make tuna and potato patties

I totally agree that baking is the way forward, rather than frying these tuna and potato patties, but as l told you in one of my previous posts, my oven is broken and l’m yet to get it fixed. We are going  on holiday tomorrow yaaay!!! So l’ll have to get it done after we come back.

Talking about holidays, l’ve been waiting for it for so long now! We’re going to Romania to visit my family, and while little ones get spoilt rotten by my parents, l’ll finally get a chance to put my feet up for a bit.

Really looking forward to that! Especially that mum will be in charge on cooking hehe I do look cooking and baking, but who doesn’t like to be spoiled from time to time?

I definitely do! Would it be amazing to have your own chef to cook for you whenever you like and whatever you like?

Close-up shoot of a plate with 6 tuna and potato patties

How to make tuna patties with canned tuna

Now, coming back to these lovely deliciously golden yummy scrummy tuna fish cakes, you can of course make fresh mashed potatoes if you don’t happen to have any.

And do you know what’s the secret to some fabulous patties? Garlic! My favourite! Amazing how to cloves of garlic can bring so much flavour.

You can omit it if you want, but l highly recommend it. And just before you go, have you checked my Chickpea Patties? Oh, you really must try them! Absolutely delicious!

Another secret ingredient, or maybe ok, not that secret, but crucial if you want the patties to bind together is egg.

This is prevent the patties from falling apart while frying. Don’t panic if the mixture becomes pretty moist after adding egg, just wet your hand with water, shape the mixture into patties, and refrigerate for at least one hour.

They will firm up nicely, just coat them with flour, shaking the excess, then fry them in the hot oil. I promise you they will not fall apart at all.

Overhead shoot of a plate with 8 tuna and potato patties

Can I freeze patties?


If you made too many patties, or you want to have some for other days, you can safely freeze them.

Just wrap them up individually with clingfilm, and pop them in the freezer without cooking them. When you are ready to cook them, just pop them in the oven, and they should be perfect.

Don’t forget to spray some oil on the baking paper and on the patties, otherwise they will dry out in the oven.

I wouldn’t think they need more than 30 minutes to cook at 200 degrees Celsius, 390 Fahrenheit, just do check your oven after 20 minutes, to make sure they are ok.

A stack of 4 tuna and potato patties

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Overhead view of a platter with 7 tuna and potato patties
Tuna and Potato Patties
Prep Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Tuna and Potato Patties, or tuna fish cakes, are the ideal last minute appetizer that use leftover mashed potatoes and some good old canned tuna. The addition of garlic and spring onions bring so much flavour. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: International
Keyword: tuna recipes
Servings: 10 patties
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 500 g leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 tin tuna
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp freshly-chopped parsley
  • oil to fry
  • 1 egg
  1. Finely chop the spring onions and garlic and mix them with the mashed potatoes, tuna (well drained), parsley, egg and breadcrumbs.

  2. Use your hands to shape 10 patties, then sprinkle some flour on a large plate and arrange the patties on the plate.

  3. Refrigerate for at least half an hour so that the patties can firm up.

  4. Heat up some oil in a large frying pan, just enough for shallow frying, then lightly coat the patties with flour and fry on both sides for about 3-4 minutes until golden.

  5. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper so that the excess oil can be absorbed.

  6. Serve warm or cold with your favourite sauce or on their own.

Recipe Notes
  • If you'd like to see the measurements in CUPS and OUNCES, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients can be adjusted according to the number of servings you need, please click on the number of servings to change it.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna and Potato Patties
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Potassium 607mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 50.5%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    July 14, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I love potato patties because they are so easy to make. And your recipe is amazing! it is a great idea to add some tuna! will definitely make it)

  • Reply
    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    July 22, 2017 at 2:35 am

    My philosophy for feeding picky eaters is “what they don’t know (and can’t see) won’t hurt them”. I like canned tuna, so these patties are right up my alley! They look delicious!!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      July 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you for your comments! Feeding little ones is a real challenge, but there is always a way! Glad you like the patties 😊

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