These Tuna Patties with Panko (Air Fryer or Oven) are made with tuna from a can, red onion, chives, mayonnaise, panko crumbs, oregano, red wine vinegar and air fried to perfection.
I made crab cakes last year that were absolutely perfect. About a week ago, I thought about them and wondered if I could alternate using tuna from a can. I love being able to use tuna in recipes when you forget to defrost meat in the fridge and you need to make something quick and easy.
This was such an easy and tasty alternative for lunch. You simply add the ingredients all together in a large bowl and mix it up. Then shape the patties with your hands and stick them in the air fryer. I love adding some lemon juice or aioli on top at the end.
- Tuna Meat
- Red Onion
- Panko Crumbs
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Olive oil
See recipe card for quantities for Tuna Patties with Panko (Air Fryer or Oven).
Combine the tuna meat, red onion, chives, mayonnaise, Panko crumbs, oregano, red wine vinegar, beaten eggs and olive oil and mix with a wooden spoon. Divide the tuna mixture and shape into a ball, the size of a ping pong ball. With your fingers, shape into discs. Place on a plate and repeat with the rest.
Spray or brush top of patties with oil.
For Air Fryer: Air Fry at 360°F, 10 minutes, flipping half way. Spray the tops again after you flip the patties. Serve with your favorite aioli and lemon slices.
For Oven: Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake for 15 minutes, flip the patties, and then bake for 10 minutes more or until the tuna patties are light golden and cooked through!
Hint: Make sure to use eggs as they help the patties stick together.
Tuna: Tuna is essential for making this. If you would rather make crab cakes, use crab meat instead (same amount).
Onion: I used red onion, although white and yellow onion work as well.
Chives: You can use chives for this, but if you don’t have them, green onion or scllaions, finely diced will work too.
Mayonnaise: This mayonnaise gives the patties so much flavor, but you could opt to using sour cream or cream cheese instead.
Panko Crumbs: Panko crumbs I feel shape the patties perfectly. I wouldn’t use regular bread crumbs for this.
Oregano: The oregano gives the patties a great kick. You could use dried marjoram, thyme, or Italian seasoning instead.
Vinegar: Red wine vinegar is a perfect softer vinegar to use. You could use apple cider vinegar instead.
Oil: I love adding olive oil for this dish to help shape the patties.
Eggs: The eggs are super important to use to keep the patties intact so they wont crumble.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes inside the mixture for some added heat.
- Deluxe - add guacamole or crispy onions on the side.
- Kid friendly - add patties on a hamburger bun for a "fish burger."
Check out this Salmon Rice Bowl if you love seafood like me.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
I love using my Caraway pots, pans and baking sheets for best quality. Get yourself a discount by clicking here!
This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These Tuna Patties with Panko (Air Fryer or Oven) ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
You can choose to air fry, bake or fry on a pan when you shape the patties.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove