I grew up eating tuna patties occasionally, affectionately referred to by my parents as “tuna cookies.” I have made tuna patties a few times since getting married, but I recently started making them more often because I love tuna and they are much better for me than tuna salad, even though I do love tuna salad.
I like tuna patties for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Lately I’ve been really enjoying having one for breakfast, because I like to have a high-protein breakfast and tuna patties are lower fat than just having eggs every morning. (Plus, everyone loves variety!)
My friends on My Fitness Pal suggested that I share my tuna patties recipe, and if you haven’t added me yet on My Fitness Pal, you should! It’s great to get encouragement to get and stay healthy!
Yield: 2 patties (Easy to increase recipe, though!)
1 5-ounce can of chunk light tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup quick oats (dry)
several shakes of salt and pepper
1-2 tablespoons chopped onion
1-2 tablespoons chopped celery or green bell pepper, whichever you have*
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium-high heat, and spray with olive oil or other cooking spray. With your hands, form two patties with the tuna mixture, and place each on the skillet or griddle.
3. Cook for several minutes, turning each patty once, until lightly browned and cooked through.
Enjoy hot or cold! I also love eating these in a sandwich with miracle whip, although that ups the calories considerably. These are also great served beside mashed potatoes.
*in these pictures I used celery, because I didn’t have bell peppers on hand.