With some potatoes and a couple of store cupboard essentials, you can easily make these Tuna Fish Cakes for a simple week night meal on a budget. A great way to use up leftover mashed potato too - these homemade fish cakes are easy to adapt, sneak some vegetables in to and kids LOVE them. Some easy homemade tzatziki is a must to go with these too!
These tuna fish cakes are literally thrown together and they are fancy enough (or at least adaptable to be so) and kid friendly enough to suit the whole family. All you need is a tin of tuna and mashed tomato mixed with some herbs and then formed in to fish cakes and dipped in egg and breadcrumbs before baking. Simple!
If you are looking for some other tuna recipes, then why not try our Tuna Pasta Bake, Tuna Stuffed Baked Potato, Tuna Spaghetti or Loaded Tuna Sandwich.
Why you will love it
- Low in calories - There is less than 300 calories per fish cake and they are really filling too.
- Kids will love them - If you are looking for more ways to get fish in your kids diets then this is an easy way to do it.
- Uses store cupboard staples - There are no fancy ingredients here, making it a budget friendly recipe.
- Easy to adapt - We have given ways to adapt this fish cake recipe to suit all tastes.
- Potatoes - The great thing about this budget friendly recipe, is that you can use any potatoes you like. Floury potatoes like Maris Piper of King Edwards make the best mash though, so you might want to go with that.
- Milk - This helps to add a bit of creaminess to the mash. Go with full fat for extra flavour.
- Cheddar - Creamy cheesy mash is best for fish cakes. We used a mature cheddar, as the stronger flavour means you can use less.
- Tuna - The star of the fish cakes. We use tuna in spring water, as that is our personal preference. However, you can use tuna in oil instead. Fancy something a bit different? Use canned salmon instead.
- Parsley - This is the best fresh herb to go with fish. However, you could also use dill or chives, which also go well with fish.
- Lemon - This adds a lovely lightness to the fishcakes. Use zest as well if you want an extra lemon flavour.
- Egg - This helps the breadcrumbs to stick to the fish cakes.
- Breadcrumbs - You can use any breadcrumbs. We used wholemeal, but panko would add some extra crispiness.
How to make fish cakes - Step by step
One: Add the potatoes to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.
Two: Drain the potatoes and mash with the milk, cheese and salt and pepper.
Three: Add the tuna, parsley and lemon juice and mix well.
Four: Form the tuna and potato mixture into fish cakes.
Five: Beat the egg in a bowl and put the breadcrumbs in another bowl. One at a time, dip the fishcakes in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs until they are covered.
Six: Put the fish cakes on an oiled baking sheet. Place them in a preheated oven at 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 for 20 minutes, turning carefully half way through.
Kid friendly fishcakes
You can buy some great quality fish cakes in the supermarket now, but not only are they pretty expensive for what they are, they are really easy to make at home, and a good way to use leftovers and reduce food waste. I don't know about you, but I always make enough mashed potato for about 40 people. So, instead of eating it all (mmmm, carbs), we save some and make these with it.
These are really child friendly and we actually made mini versions of them when we are weaning our daughter. They were easy to hold, soft and the flavours are fairly mild. Even now she is older she still loves them and enjoys helping to make them too. Kids can mix everything together in a bowl and also get their hands messy forming them in the fish cakes.
The basic recipe here is really easy, however there are lots of ways you can adapt it to make it more exciting. Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes if you like your meals with some spice, or even a spoonful of Mexican spice blend. You can add some extra texture to these (as they are fairly soft), by mixing in some finely chopped spring onions.
Want a crispier fish cake? You could swap the standard breadcrumbs for panko breadcrumbs. You can also fry them rather than baking them which will make the coating a little crispier and they will cook quicker too.
This fish cake recipe is a great way to sneak some extra vegetables in to your whole families diet. Tuna and sweetcorn go really well together, so that's a great place to start. You could use a mixture of sweetcorn and peas.
If you wanted to go down a more leafy green route, then really finely chop with spinach and mix that in with the fish cakes. You could use cooked broccoli too.
What to have with fish cakes
These fish cakes need something to dip in to and we have just the thing for it - our Homemade Tartare Sauce. Our easy homemade tzatziki also goes really well with tuna. Kids might want to dip them in to ketchup, so why not try making some of our Homemade Healthier Ketchup?
If you are looking for some extra sides, then why not try our Roasted Broccoli, Air Fryer Chips, Garlic Spring Greens or Easy Skin on Fries.
These will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You certainly can, and we actually have about 10 of these in our freezer at the moment. We freeze them uncooked, as I find the texture nicer. Put the uncooked, but formed, fish cakes on a baking tray and put in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can stack them on top of each other with some baking paper between each one, and keep in a zip-lock bag. Defrost thoroughly and follow cooking instructions below.
Yes, they can. You can make these in advance and shape them and then keep them on a plate in the fridge until the next day when you are ready to cook them.
You need to make sure you don't overcook the potatoes and that they have been left to steam for a little when drained, this is so there isn't extra moisture in them.
Yes, you can fry them instead of baking them and this will make them crispier and it's also quicker to cook them.
• Add some vegetables to these by stirring in some sweetcorn, peas or finely chopped spinach.
• For some added freshness, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to the mixture.
• Parsley goes really well with tuna, but you could use chives or dill instead in this recipe.
• Be careful not to overcook the mashed potatoes for this fish cake recipe, otherwise they will retain moisture.
• Make these fish cakes even crispier by using Panko breadcrumbs.
• If you want to cook these quicker, and have them even crispier, then fry them. But we wanted to keep them as healthy as possible, so we baked them.
• For a little bit of crunch, add some chopped spring onions to the mixture.
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- 600 g (1.25 lb) Potato - peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon Whole milk
- 30 g (0.25 cups) Mature cheddar - grated
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 370 g (13 oz) Tuna - canned; drained
- 60 g (1 cups) Fresh parsley - finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 1 Egg
- 100 g (1 cups) Breadcrumbs
- Preheat your oven at 190°C/170°C(fan)/375°F/Gas 5
- Add 600 g Potato to a pan of boiling water and then simmer for 25 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and then mash with 1 tablespoon Whole milk, 30 g Mature cheddar and 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper.
- Add 370 g Tuna, 60 g Fresh parsley and 2 tablespoon Lemon juice and mix well.
- Whisk 1 Egg in a bowl and set aside. Put 100 g Breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and spray a baking tray with a little oil.
- Form the mixture into fishcakes one at a time and then dip them in to the egg and then into the breadcrumbs making sure they are fully covered.
- Put the fish cakes onto an oiled baking sheet. Place them into the oven for 20 minutes, turning carefully half way through.
- Serve with tzatziki, vegetables and salad (all optional).
- Add some vegetables to these by stirring in some sweetcorn, peas or finely chopped spinach.
- For some added freshness, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to the mixture.
- Parsley goes really well with tuna, but you could use chives or dill instead in this recipe.
- Be careful not to overcook the mashed potatoes for this fish cake recipe, otherwise they will retain moisture.
- Make these fish cakes even crispier by using panko breadcrumbs.
- If you want to cook these quicker, and have them even crispier, then fry them. But we wanted to keep them as healthy as possible, so we baked them.
- For a little bit of crunch, add some chopped spring onions to the mixture.
These are so easy to make and I love that they are tuna. They are just perfect for my family!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
YES....canned tuna works great in these. Have these along side some fries...and it's a great fish and chip dinner idea for any night of the week. Adults and kids would love this too.
Kate | Veggie Desserts
Oooh my kids would love this recipe. I adore tzaziki and that sounds perfect alongside.
Never made tuna cakes before!! Looks like a great place to start!!
Tracy | Baking Mischief
I've never made fishcakes before, but they look so simple to make! And I love that tzatziki sauce for dipping.
I love any kind of fish or seafood cake! These look amazing.
Lisa | Garlic & Zest
I've made salmon cakes and crab cakes, but I've never tried tuna fish before. Why not? They look delish!
I love these!!! I am saving this for Lent!!!
Wow this tuna fish cakes looks so scrumptious
I would like to try this soon...
Thanks for such a lovely recipe!
I've never thought to add potatoes to fish cakes. Great idea! I think my kids would like these too.
YUM! These patties look so delicious and even healthy! I'm always looking for ideas for a healthy-full-of-protein meals, and this is simply and I'm sure very delicious. I'll definitely try it soon :)
This sounds so amazing! I've had some great crab cakes in the past and they have surprisingly all been well done. I would love to try tuna cakes and I am sure I wouldn't be dissapointed.
Sounds like a great twist to plain old tuna. I have to try .