Versatile tuna patties

These small French tuna patties are quick to make and require only ingredients that you probably already have. Don’t worry if you have most of the ingredients, but are missing one or two. These patties adapt to what you have, especially with herbs. If you don’t have parsley, but you do have dill then use dill. If you don’t have shallots, add onions. Tuna patties work with lots of different ingredients.

Everyone will love them

Tuna patties are the perfect recipe for everyday life because it is very inexpensive yet tastes so good. The French are clearly beginning to reduce their meat consumption and are looking for veggies or fish-based alternatives to eat at lunch or in the evening. This is why tuna patties are a common recipe that we enjoy. It also great for kids as they love this healthy version of a fish stick. You can also make this recipe with them.  You have to put your “hand to the dough” as the French say and it amuses them a lot.

What to serve with tuna patties

To serve, nothing fancy is required with this recipe. If you want to eat light, serve them with vegetables or salad. It will be the perfect refreshing summer dinner. You can also make them a little thicker and enjoy them between two salad leaves, tomatoes and onions and eat them like a light burger. Do not hesitate to make a homemade tzatziki to accompany them, it goes very well or just top with plain yogurt or sour cream. Finally, for the evenings with summer friends, make these patties in small balls and bake them in the oven, they will be crispy and delicious dipped in a creamy sauce.

Other Mediterranean recipes with tuna

Tuna Salad with Egg and Potato (Country Salad from Spain)

Italian Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Black Olive Dressing

Tuna Patties Tapas

Tuna Patties Fried in Olive Oil (France)

4.07 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 399 kcal


  • 2-7 ounces cans tuna
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Drain the tuna and place it in a bowl, add all the ingredients except the 2 tbsp of flour and the olive oil. Mix well.
  • Place the 2 Tablespoons of flour on a small plate. Form medium patties, place them in the flour and cover them lightly with it.
  • Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add the olive oil. Cook the patties about 7 minutes on each side until lightly brown.


Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 36gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 644mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 424IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 3mg
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About the Author: Mary Devinat
Mary is a photographer, food stylist and recipe developer. She is French and grew up in Paris. "It is the beautiful country where I learned to love good cooking". Mary presently lives in Philadelphia with her husband.


  1. Bill G March 10, 2023 at 11:27 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This tuna recipe is very tasty. These could pass for mock crab cakes if you use albacore in spring water. Now in my standard rotation for sea food night.

  2. Dave February 4, 2023 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    These are so delightfully tender and less fishy than salmon burgers!
    We had them like burgers, but with a cabbage slaw (generously applied) instead of lettuce. Was like having fish tacos on a bun

  3. Lorna Pezanelli February 6, 2022 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Great recipe! I’d use canned wild salmon rather than tuna. Much healthier.

  4. Dawn December 11, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Looking forward to trying this Bill!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. December 13, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

      It is really good! Hope you enjoy -Bill

  5. Maria October 24, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Great recipe!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 25, 2021 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Thank you!

  6. David Rodrigues October 24, 2021 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    These are a nice easy way to switch up the variety instead of doing plain old tuna salad!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 25, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

      I agree. Makes an amazing lunch! -Bill

      • Dream Wolf April 6, 2023 at 5:46 pm

        Used this with chicken, added rolled oats instead of bread crumbs. It was delicious

  7. Arleen July 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    WOW! A great recipe. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I halved the recipe since it was just for two, and I made a little tartar sauce to go with it. I also had a small salad and a slice of homemade bread. This is on the repeated list. Thank you for this recipe!

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