Crispy Tuna Croquettes

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My husband is my ultimate taste tester and is usually very easygoing with the meals I cook.

However, he can be particular about the names I give my dishes.

That’s how I discovered that “tuna cakes” were a hit, while “tuna croquettes” didn’t sound as appealing.

Regardless of the name, these crispy, delicious bites are a favorite in our household. Even though I’m not a huge fan of tuna, these croquettes have won me over.


Originating from Europe, croquettes have been a popular snack and appetizer for centuries. They typically consist of a mixture of ingredients, often including fish, meat, or vegetables, combined with mashed potatoes or breadcrumbs, then breaded and fried. Tuna croquettes put a delightful seafood spin on this classic dish, making them an ideal option for those who love fish-based treats.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

These crispy tuna croquettes are not only incredibly delicious but also offer a range of benefits that will make you fall in love with them:

  1. Versatility: They can be enjoyed as appetizers, snacks, or even a main course when served with the right accompaniments.
  2. Flavorful: Packed with flavors from tuna, veggies, and spices, they’ll delight your taste buds with every bite.
  3. Freezer-Friendly: Make a large batch and store them in the freezer, so you always have a tasty treat ready to go when hunger strikes.
  4. Simple Ingredients: Made with everyday pantry staples, you won’t need any fancy ingredients to whip up this delightful dish.
  5. Crispy, delicious texture

Tips for Tuna Croquette Success

  • Make sure to drain the canned tuna well, as excess moisture can make the croquettes soggy.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to measure the tuna mixture for even-sized croquettes.
  • Be gentle when breading the croquettes, as the mixture can be delicate.
  • Use a non-stick skillet or a well-seasoned cast-iron pan for easy frying and browning.
  • Use a cookie scoop for even-sized croquettes.
  • Fry in small batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.

Serving Suggestions

These scrumptious tuna croquettes are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:

  • As an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, like the mayo-mustard combo, suggested below.
  • On a bed of greens with a light vinaigrette for a satisfying salad.
  • Sandwiched between burger buns with lettuce, tomato, and a dollop of tartar sauce for a delightful tuna burger.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine or a cold beer

Tuna Burger Variation

This mixture tastes great, formed into larger patties, fried as described above, and served on a bun as a tuna burger. Add lettuce, tomato, and your favorite sauce for a mouthwatering meal.

Dipping Sauce

Our favorite dip to serve with these Tuna Croquettes is a simple sauce of mayonnaise and mustard. Use about 1 tablespoon of mustard for each 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. So simple but so good, and it is perfect with tuna!


  • If you don’t have bread crumbs on hand, you can substitute them with crushed crackers, panko, or even rolled oats.
  • Swap out canned tuna for canned salmon or shredded cooked chicken for a different twist.
  • Use fresh herbs like parsley or dill to add extra flavor and brightness to the croquettes.
  • Use gluten-free breadcrumbs for a gluten-free option.
  • Replace eggs with a flax egg for a vegan alternative.


  • Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls Set With Lids: These mixing bowls are a great addition to any kitchen for easy prep and storage.
  • Skillet: A non-stick skillet or a well-seasoned cast-iron pan works best for frying the croquettes.


Can I bake these tuna croquettes instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the croquettes for a healthier option. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake them on a lined baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden and crispy.

What can I use as a binder if I don’t have eggs?

If you don’t have eggs or prefer not to use them, you can try using mayonnaise or Greek yogurt as a binder. Start with a small amount and adjust as needed to achieve the right consistency.

Can I make these tuna croquettes gluten-free?

Yes, you can easily make gluten-free tuna croquettes using gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers.


Tuna Croquettes

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Croquettes


  • 2 cans  tuna, well drained
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • oil


  • In a large bowl, combine the tuna, onion, celery, 1/3 c. bread crumbs, eggs and seasonings. Stir until fully combined. (I love my Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls Set With Lids for easy prep and storage!)
  • Pour remaining 2/3 c. bread crumbs into a shallow dish. Pat about a tablespoon worth of tuna mixture into a round patty. Cover both sides with bread crumbs.
  • Pour enough oil into a skillet to cover the bottom. Heat over medium heat. Add the breaded patties and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.


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Our favorite dip to serve with these Tuna Croquettes is a simple sauce of mayonnaise and mustard. Use about 1 tablespoon of mustard for each 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. So simple but so good, and it is perfect with the tuna!
Also, this mixture tastes great formed into larger patties, fried as described above  and served on a bun as a tuna burger.