Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tuna Cakes - Quick & Easy Low Carb

This evening I decided to mix up a quick batch of Tuna Cakes. It's been a while since I made them. I love eating cold leftover tuna cakes the next day for lunch. I served the tuna cakes alongside roasted fresh brussels sprouts that I trimmed, halved and oven roasted after tossing with a bit of olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper for about 25 minutes at 375 degrees F (tossing them a few times while cooking to brown evenly).

While the sprouts were cooking, I mixed up my Tuna Cakes and sauteed them in a skillet on the stove until golden brown. It was a quick and easy low carb meal. I used finely grated Parmesan as a binder in place of bread crumbs and they worked beautifully. I snapped a couple photos below and included the easy peasy recipe. You can tweak the ingredients to suit your own taste or to use what you have on hand. This also works well for canned salmon, too. Enjoy!

Tuna Cakes


2 5-ounce cans tuna, drained and flaked
1 stalk finely diced celery (about 1/4 cup)
2 thinly sliced green onions
2 to 3 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon McCormick's Chipotle Roasted Garlic Seasoning (or ground chipotle, to taste)
2 to 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese (powdery style)
2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil


Combine all ingredients (except for oil) in a bowl until combined. Divide mixture equally and shape into 4 patties, adding additional Parmesan as necessary to form into patties.  

Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side or until golden brown. 



Anonymous said...

Hi GG, what type of tuna do you use, albacore or chunk light for this recipe?? Also . what brand is it?? Would it be possible to make without the mayo if you don't have mayo on hand? If mayo is necessary for holding it together, then maybe bread crumbs?? I know this a grain free site but I was wondering. maybe flax as a binder if no mayo on hand??? Thanks you- Olga

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Olga,

I usually use Wild Planet tuna. You can use either chunk light or albacore. You could use ricotta or cottage cheese in place of the mayo and if you eat bread crumbs you could try that as well. Thanks!