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Tuna Zucchini Cakes Recipe

Tuna Zucchini Cakes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 269726
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

"I made these for supper to use some of my garden zucchini and a can of tuna nearing expiration date and they were delicious! I used canned tuna. I think they would also be good to add some shredded cheddar in the mixture."

Gop4ever User ID: 8892739 269256
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2017

"I add a 1/4 c Parmesan, a pinch of garlic powder and 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning. I have to leave out the butter and salt (restricted diet) and cook on the stove top griddle. I serve with tartar sauce. YUM!"

bheither User ID: 641437 269225
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"PrplMonky5, I like these with a squirt of lemon juice or a squirt of sriracha sauce or a white sauce with peas--or a little bit of all of them."

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?!"

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 234210
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"Very tasty! Needed almost double the amount of bread crumbs, but otherwise was a great meal."

jennyliz User ID: 8486220 231333
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"They turned out great! Even my anti vegetable 15 yr old loved them!"

75Sally User ID: 8021903 230931
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Will definitely make these again!"

sadiesdeedee User ID: 8298166 223058
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"I am storing this recipe for this summer when zucchini is plentiful. Wondering how this

would be with a can of crab instead of tuna for a low fat version of a crab cake."

boni1965 User ID: 3177779 12655
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"These were very delicious. I used 2 cans of tuna fish, drained, instead of the pouch and used panko bread crumbs. I then baked them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes because I thought that would be a lot less messy than trying to flip them in a pan. They turned out great! Will make again!"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 201673
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"These were excellent!"

AdrianaInez User ID: 6833255 69689
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"I used fresh caught tuna, and garden fresh zucchini, this is wonderful! I will definatly make these again!"

5larry611 User ID: 3931659 15568
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"These are wonderful! I used Italian bread crumbs for more flavor. The last time I made them I added a 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar. My husband, who is a hates squash, ate two of them! Definitely will make again."

amanda3475 User ID: 2105678 14665
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"it definitely is missing some flavor- you have to doctor it up."

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 16725
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"These were really good! After reading some of the reviews about them being bland, I added a little extra salt to the tuna & zucchini mixture, along with a little garlic powder and also a good sprinkle of seasoned salt to the bread crumbs I set aside for coating the cakes. All I had on hand was frozen zucchini, so I defrosted it in the fridge overnight and then drained the juice. I reserved the juice in case I needed some for the cakes, but the texture was perfect without it. They were easy to form into cakes and they cooked up really fast. Made a great lunch! My 3-year-old loved these too!"

jessicadidion User ID: 5048007 9730
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"Ok. Flavor's a bit bland."

Brenday User ID: 4231242 42064
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"I Love this idea, I did some tweaking according to my taste. I used olive oil instead of butter. a touch of Cajun seasoning. And I did not put the bread crumbs on the out side to cover. I dont need the extra carbs. I really like this. And my son who does not care for tuna even ate it and said it was good."

kitchenmouseof5 User ID: 3358765 69678
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"Blan, no flavor. didnt like it at all"

nicasmom User ID: 2879692 27607
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Not a lot of flavor."

reidkit User ID: 6743107 40828
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"These are outstanding."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 40332
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"nice way to use zucchini harvest. imparts moistness to the cakes and fries up very pretty"

kjordet User ID: 2172133 69677
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Very good and the cakes held together well while cooking too!"

KGoward User ID: 6793800 201672
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"It was excellent even with cook's error (not reading directions through and mixing everything together). Also, I purposefully didn't cook in oil in skillet - I used our electric griddle - and it worked beautifully! The whole family (hubby, and 2 and 4 yr old kiddos) enjoyed them and ate them up!"

flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 14628
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"These are delicious. I don't like fish but do like tuna and I sacrificed the first zucchini from our first vegetable garden for this recipe...and it was worth it. I used a lot more than 1 cup of breadcrumbs, and I would add a little Old Bay seasoning next time."

twilaroos User ID: 4324638 38266
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"I made these for my daughter (I am not a tuna fan), and she really liked them! Like other reviewers, I only used a 5oz. can and it seemed to work just fine. I also used more breadcrumbs than it called for, but they did turn out just like the picture! I'm sure I will be making these again!"

Trumpetvine User ID: 6137826 14626
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"easy, healthy and delicious! Great combination of flavors!"

lydiawoz User ID: 1016707 15994
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"I made these with a 5 oz. can of albacore tuna and topped them with a little homemade tartar sauce and a splash of hot sauce. They were delicious! I will definitely make these again."

Mrs. Bowling User ID: 3315214 201671
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"This was so quick and easy! And it was super yummy too! I made four larger patties instead of six smaller ones and just cooked them a little bit longer on each side and they turned out fine!"

miss.moosi User ID: 5778670 40827
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"I'm not a big seafood person, but I enjoyed these. I decided to use my George Foreman grill instead of frying them in a pan --I found it to be fast and easy to clean up."

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 12654
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"These were awesome, even my kids loved them! The 5 ounce tuna can worked fine, I noticed they were too runny and added the whole cup of bread crumbs to the mixture and they were fine then, I also needed more than 1/2 cup of bread crumbs for the outside coating, in total I used 2 cups od dry bread crumbs, oh and I had the Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs too. But they turned out great! Will make again, very easy way to use zucchini up and tuna is good on the grocery budget!"

eleyana User ID: 1142513 38264
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Fabulous and good for breakfast too. If it's runny, just press with a paper towel and it will still be fine."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 40330
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Made this using crushed saltines and they turned out great. Used a 5 oz can of tuna; no problems with that. I sauted the onion and zucchini to help de-water the zucchini. Only problem was that 6 patties only fed 2 people. This would be great with a tartar sauce, but it was yummy plain too."

roxannelorae User ID: 4650271 16296
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"This is a very economical, easy dinner that I will be making again! I used green onion because I had some on hand and then paired this with a dill sauce."

MollyJBoyle User ID: 35770 36932
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I tried making this with the 5 oz can of tuna and it turned out fine. I also added a little dill weed to the mix. Delicious! I wonder if the cooks who claimed it is watery had drained the tuna or pressed a couple of paper towels on the grated zucchini to get the excess water out."

MollyJBoyle User ID: 35770 40826
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Canned tuna comes in 5 oz cans now. Does one can satisfy this recipe or should you make up the weight by opening another can and using part of that?????"

elkvalley User ID: 239121 9729
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"This was quick, easy and delicious! My family loved it and we will have it again!"

tracybreese User ID: 5616145 16294
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"Very flavorful and rich tasting - more than I expected. Agree that the mixture was a little on the runny side. I would try with one egg for a single batch next time."

bknight User ID: 2715520 201670
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2007

"I doubled the recipe. It seemed very runny. I would make it with 3 eggs (doubled) next time. Also, it took me about an hour to make, not 25 minutes (but I am a slow cook). We ate the patties between bread with mustard."

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