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:
- Versatility: They can be enjoyed as appetizers, snacks, or even a main course when served with the right accompaniments.
- Flavorful: Packed with flavors from tuna, veggies, and spices, they’ll delight your taste buds with every bite.
- 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.
- Simple Ingredients: Made with everyday pantry staples, you won’t need any fancy ingredients to whip up this delightful dish.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.