Tuna Zucchini Cakes Recipe
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Tuna Zucchini Cakes Recipe

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Here's a great combination of seafood and garden vegetables. Friends tell me that they like that it's so colorful and pretty, not to mention so wonderful to eat! —Billie Blanton, Kingsport, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 pouch (6.4 ounces) light tuna in water
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

2 fish cakes: 400 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 170mg cholesterol, 1261mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Remove from heat.
  2. Add tuna, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, zucchini, eggs, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper to onion mixture; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into six 1/2-in.-thick patties; coat with remaining bread crumbs.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and heated through. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Zucchini Cakes in Country Extra September 1992, p51

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 268144
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2017

"My husband and I quite enjoyed these. I shredded the zucchini using my food processor. Like others, I used 1 can of tuna instead of the pouch. I think next time, it could use a bit more tuna. I didn't use the second 1/2C of seasoned bread crumbs. Instead I used panko. I then put them on a baking sheet covered in foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I put them in the oven (400deg) for 12 minutes, flipped them, then put them back in for about 7-8. I actually thought they were a tad salty, but my husband thought they were perfect. The only issue we had was that it seemed a tad dry. It really needed a sauce. We tried spicy brown mustard and cocktail sauce. The cocktail sauce was the better choice, but still wasn't quite right. We'll definitely make this again, but I'll be on the hunt for a better sauce."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 267764
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

"Hi P Elaine,

There is actually 1,200mg of sodium in a half tsp of salt. Combined with the salt in the butter, tuna and seasoned bread crumbs it adds up fast. You can cut some by using low sodium tuna and reducing or eliminating the added salt.
Hope that helps,
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

P Elaine User ID: 5526047 267708
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2017

"Can anyone tell me why the sodium is 1261 mg for two (2) patties when there is only 1/2 t of added salt? I know that there can't be that much (added) salt in the tuna or seasoned breadcrumbs ... (I would sub with plain panko). Salmon or crab sound like delicious options and I don't know why they wouldn't work with this recipe.

I will await an answer before making these."

MarshaGarmon User ID: 6718408 263304
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2017

"We loved them! A wonderful addition to my fish dishes!"

Ineybratt User ID: 5013687 253329
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"Has anyone tried this recipe using salmon? I live in Alaska and can salmon. So good for many uses for a quick meal."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 252269
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"So delicious! They are so light and tasty! I added shredded cheese. I have made these three times already. Thank you, Billie, for sharing this recipe."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 249781
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2016

"I doubled the tuna and made 4 patties. They were great. These 5 oz. patties would make a great sandwich on a hamburger bun. (I ate a leftover that way for lunch the next day.)"

riverwoman User ID: 7667256 249664
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"My husband and I enjoyed this recipe, using suggestions from previous reviews. I used the white part of green onions, more salt & pepper, some garlic salt & 1/4 t. Herbes De Provence. I used 1/2 cup Garlic & Herb bread crumbs in the tuna mixture, but coated them in Panko for frying in olive oil. I made 4 patties. These even tasted good cold. I plan on trying this recipe as an appetizer, making small patties. Yummy!"

fhquilting User ID: 2569371 249589
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"wonderful recipe! I made a white sauce and added chopped chives from my yard to serve over the patties and mashed potatoes. Wow! What a wonderful meal."

[email protected] User ID: 6993142 238699
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"Doubled this recipe for the hungry males in the family! Did use Panko over regular bread crumbs because I think dudes gravitate toward crunchy offerings, IMHO. This recipe was easily and quickly prepared. Baked in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes as "boni1965" suggested below because I had our entree also baking at 400. Came out beautifully and tasty. My son said "This is a keeper!" What mom doesn't love to hear that?!"

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