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Tuna Spinach Cakes or Cutlets


When canned Tuna is made into a perfect appetizer: Tuna cakes.

While walking through the canned meat aisle in the stores and looking at the canned tunas, have you ever wondered how can you transform those canned tunas into a scrumptious dish? I used to think whenever I glanced at those and never really got what will I make out of those. But now, I don’t have time to think about all these, as I will be seen busy snatching all the cans and putting into my cart. I finally figured out what I can do with these canned tuna meat, in fact I am now totally obsessed with them.

My pantry is seldom seen without these canned tunas to make delicious tuna cakes when I crave for it. I had taken these tuna cakes for the cooking meet up that I had attended last weekend and all the foodies there loved it. I introduced these as tuna cutlets but the foodies there instantly renamed it to tuna cakes as these resembled to crab cakes in preparation and looks. Honestly, even I loved the new name they gave it and even I started calling them as tuna cakes.

Making tuna cakes is similar to making meat cutlet I had posted before, but I must admit tuna cakes tasted better than those with chicken or meat. I also added spinach to the tuna mixture and it tasted really good and looks good with the green shades in the cakes. You could also make these without the spinach.

Preparation Pictures

Tuna cooked with onion and spinach

Roll into balls and flatten them

Tuna cakes without the Spinach:


Tuna Spinach Cakes or Cutlets
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For making the stuffing
  • Onion, large, chopped- 3
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Spinach, chopped- 2 cups (optional)
  • Garam masala ( cardamom-2, cloves-2, cinnamon stick- ½ inch slice- grind into powder)- 1 tsp
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Canned Tuna, in Water- 2 cans
  • Cilantro chopped- ¼ cup
  • Potatoes, cooked -2
  • Vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
While frying
  • Eggs, beaten- 2 (or use egg whites from 2 eggs)
  • Bread crumbs- 2 to 3 cups or enough to coat the tuna cutlets
  • Oil- for frying
  1. Boil 2 potatoes in boiling water until the potatoes are fully cooked or cook in the microwave. Peel off the skin and keep aside.
  2. Place a wide non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp oil. Add onions, salt and saute until onions are translucent.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few minutes.
  4. Add the spinach and saute for a few minutes. If you don't have spinach skip adding.
  5. Now add the canned tuna along with garam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder, combine well.
  6. Combine everything well and cook for a few minutes.
  7. Add chopped cilantro and combine well.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat.
  9. Add the cooked, peeled potatoes and mash it with a wooden fork or spoon until it has combined well with the tuna mixture.
  10. Let the mixture cool down, make medium sized balls out of these and flatten between the palm of your hands and keep aside.
  1. Heat a frying pan, add enough oil required for frying.
  2. Beat eggs taken in a small bowl.
  3. Spread the bread crumbs on a plate.
  4. Take each tuna balls, first dip it in the egg and then gently roll it into the bread crumbs, coat with the crumbs evenly.
  5. Fry them in hot oil until golden brown without crowding. Can also be pan-fried.
  6. Transfer to a paper towel.
  7. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.


Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...