Asian-Inspired Tuna Patties


I have come to find that my newfound pescatarianism makes it really challenging for me to get different sources of protein. I was going through a phase of eating baked tofu or eggs every single day, with some salmon every now and then, so I decided to scour the internet to find more creative ways to take in seafood.

I was kind of hesitant at first to look at canned tuna recipes because of the high mercury content, the possible lead poisoning, BPA issues, etc; but the majority of the articles I read say that it’s safe as long as you only eat 12 oz or less of light tuna a week or 6 oz or less of white tuna a week. That is totally doable!

So here is my new take on burger patties, but with canned tuna. I dubbed it “Asian-inspired” because I used wasabi instead of horseradish (I had it on hand) and a little bit of sriracha mayo (1 tsp sriracha to 2 tsp mayo).  I ate it protein-style (no bun, just lettuce) and it was absolutely delicious!  I ended up having one extra, so I think I’m going to eat it with a spinach salad tomorrow. It’s a fun and healthier twist to your average hamburger 🙂

Asian-Inspired Tuna Patties
adapted from
(makes 5 patties)

3 5-oz cans of tuna, drained
2 eggs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (or normal bread crumbs)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 tbsp wasabi
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil, or as needed

  1. Mix tuna, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, wasabi, cilantro, and garlic into a bowl until mixture holds together. Divide mixture to make 5 patties.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook them on each side until golden brown, about 5 minutes each side.

3 thoughts on “Asian-Inspired Tuna Patties

  1. If you feel you are not getting enough protein, and want to avoid fish, tofu, or eggs for the time being, I would suggest almonds.

    Almonds have a good amount of protein, and you can also toy with almond butter, and almond flour–actually, I find almond flour ideal for breading salmon, it is just so delicious!

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